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White House Stands Behind Rogers

As White House social secretary Desiree Rogers comes under fire from some lawmakers for her role in the party-crashing scandal that marred the Obama administration's first state dinner, she also received support from the White House, with press secretary Robert Gibbs saying that Rogers "has done a terrific and wonderful job pulling off a lot of big and important events." The revelation that two uninvited guests managed to sneak into last week's state dinner prompted and internal investigation by the Secret Service and hearings in Congress, but Rogers has thus far refused to testify. "I saw her that evening and other evenings and she's always working and top of her job," said Obama supporter and ex-husband of Rogers John Rogers, Jr., in response to criticism that the social secretary had shirked her duties in favor of socializing.