Desiree's Exit

Smoot Named Next Social Secretary

There wasn’t much speculation on this one. Talk began yesterday, and it was confirmed Saturday that Democratic fundraiser Julianna Smoot will succeed Desiree Rogers as White House social secretary. Smoot is a veteran from Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, having broken fundraising records while serving as his campaign-finance director. Her most recent post was chief of staff for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Rogers stepped down Friday after having come under fire for the gatecrashing incident at the White House State Dinner in November.