From the Huffington Post:
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers came under attack after a Virginia couple crashed President Obama‘s first state dinner, but her friends and colleagues are fighting back.
People close to Rogers strongly dispute the emerging caricature of her as a spotlight-seeking diva who invited herself to the dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and skirted her responsibilities while she was there.
A source with knowledge of the evening’s events tells the Huffington Post that, other than about five minutes “to pick at her salad,” Rogers spent the entire evening coordinating and working the event. She was spotted and photographed in the rope line preceding the dinner, but the source said that was only after completing frantic, last-second planning for the high-profile affair.
Prepping all day on Tuesday, she changed into her outfit just 30 minutes before the state dinner started, the source added. And she was “shadowing” the president and first lady at a separate private reception for roughly 20 people shortly after arriving.
“What are the odds she was going to be lackadaisical at the biggest moment of her life?” the source asked. “Zero. That’s why these stories don’t make any sense. Her reputation is at stake.”