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Hmmm, wonder why she’s stepping down?

Chicago Sun-Times:

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to step down

WASHINGTON–White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers told me Friday she will step down next month, after presiding over 330 events in the White House in 14 months.

Rogers is departing after achieving a major goal of President Obama and First Lady Michelle — opening up the White House to make it the “peoples house.”

“As we turn the corner on the first year,” Rogers told me, “this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.”

Rogers told me it has been “an honor and a privilege to serve this president and First Lady, in what has certainly been a historic presidency.”

Rogers, a friend of the First Couple for years, was one of the first Obama administration appointees.

“When I took on this assignment, we talked about the importance of creating the people’s house. My work was really to create this framework,” she told me.

“I think I completed that work. Our office has been able to lay the foundation for what will be known as the ‘people’s house’ and it has already taken shape.”

Rogers tenure was marked by high points–she was a moving force behind a White House music series–and a low point, when the Obama’s first state dinner was crashed by a publicity seeking couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Though the Secret Service immediately said it was their fault–agents did not follow security protocols–Rogers got some of the blame.

I asked Rogers if the Salahi episode was a factor in her resignation. “The incident at the State Dinner was not a deciding factor,” she told me. “But it did show me a side of the job and of Washington that I had not seen before.”

After I spoke to Rogers, President Obama and First Lady Michelle said in a statement, “We are enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she’s done as the White House Social Secretary. When she took this position, we asked Desiree to help make sure that the White House truly is the People’s House, and she did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers. She organized hundreds of fun and creative events during her time here, and we will miss her. We thank her again for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

I’ve been told by several sources that Rogers will be replaced by Julianna Smoot, the chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative who was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser.

Lynn Sweet


From Fast Company: Darden Restaurants: The Orlando-based restaurant giant that boasts more than $7 billion in annual sales announced yesterday a new sustainable restaurant design initiative aimed at bringing its establishments up to LEED standards. The new eco-friendly restaurants will utilize recycled building materials, natural light, energy-efficient equipment, and “reclaimed heat,” which reuses heat otherwise expelled, to help the kitchen boil water. Since the restaurant group has Red Lobster and the Olive Garden in its roster, and over 1,800 locations worldwide, even capturing a little hot air could have a big impact.

Hearst Tower: LEED Gold Certified

LEED Standards: In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly “green.”

The LEED green building rating system — developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders — is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

The Case for Handcrafted Social Media
(Or Why You Should Stop Auto-Updating Your Feeds)

You follow the same person or company on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Buzz, and every other time you see an update you get déjà vu. You think, “I’ve seen this before…”–and you have, because they’re automatically posting the same content across different social media networks. Piping feeds from one network to another is a zero-effort way to broadcast content, but it also offers minimal returns.

The Golden Rule of social networks is “you get what you give.”

Read the entire article by Gina Trapani at Fast Company

BBC: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah meets Ahmadinejad in Syria
BBC: UN deplores Gaddafi call for anti-Swiss ‘jihad’
Times Online UK: Taleban suicide bombers kill 17 and injure 30 in Kabul attack
Real Clear Politics: Obama At Health Care Summit: “I Don’t Count My Time Because I’m The President”
Politico: Exclusive: What happens next in health care
AP: News channels quickly lose interest in summit
AP: NY Gov. Paterson won’t seek new term
Daily News : Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider

Drunk mom allegedly runs through school with sword

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police said the mother of an elementary school student drank a 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor before brandishing a sword in her child’s school. The woman, 32, apparently intended to confront the parents of another child who had been in a spitting match with her child the previous day.

According to court records, an employee at Riverview Elementary School in Memphis reported a drunk woman armed with a sword was running through the halls of the school and had threatened to cut her.

Officers who arrived on the scene retrieved a black cane that concealed the blade.

The woman charged with aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property.

Listen to this: Change J the S feat. Franco

See him here: See Jake live at SOB’s Tuesday, March 9th

Watch That:

One very outrageous friend of mine is in a very ridiculous show you should check out. They premiered their show through NY Channel 101, the next screening will be Wednesday, March 10 at 92YTribeca. Or you can see all the glory here… and it is quite glorious. Skate City : Episode 1

Some news the networks aren’t discussing but you should be reading.
Times Online: Capture of Taleban leaders suggests $12bn US gamble is paying off
Times Online: General Stanley McChrystal puts focus on Afghan province of Kandahar
BBC: Two more fake Irish passports ‘used in Hamas murder’
BBC: EU condemns passport use in Dubai killing

Be Good Johnny Wier on Sundance
He’s fabulous and flamboyant. The show is a documentary broken up into half-hour shows. It’s a bit slow but well produced and a great story.