I haven’t been following Crashergate that closely, so I only recently became aware of the grave threat that Desiree Rogers poses to our civilization. About half-way through this article (GOS via TNC), it hit me, she’s black, right?
The 50-year-old Rogers arrived in Washington this year to great fanfare, no small amount of it of her own making. She entered the East Wing in a whirlwind of media exposure. She was featured in the glossy pages of Vogue — beating the first lady’s appearance in the fashion bible by a month. For a profile in WSJ, the Wall Street Journal’s slick magazine, stylists outfitted Rogers in luxury fashions from Prada and Jil Sander and she posed in the first lady’s garden tossing a flirtatious smile over her shoulder.
Early in her tenure, Rogers made a trip to New York City during February’s fashion week. She sat in the front row of runway shows such as Donna Karan and smiled for the flock of photographers who descended on the striking Obama gatekeeper with her pixie cut, stylish wardrobe and high-altitude heels. She dabbled in a world of hipsters and art scene know-it-alls in her attempt to bring a contemporary gleam to the White House. And she seemed to thrive on all the attention. She has come across as a big-picture manager, not one focused on details.
It’s not entirely accurate to say that WaPo would never write about a white person this way, because they certainly wrote about the Clintons this way. It’s also true that they wouldn’t write about, say, Condi Rice, this way (what with all the figure skating and concert-piano playing and Stanford provosting and whatnot).
But what this article is really saying is that Desiree Rogers isn’t the right kind of person. That’s what Socksgate and Travelgate and all that other bullshit was about too — the Clintons weren’t the right kind of people. It’s what all the bullshit about Michelle Obama’s iPod and bare arms is about too.
I hate to go on and on about this, but it’s pretty remarkable that the media insisted the Clintons being investigated for using White House postage to send letters
form from their cat and that the Obama White House be investigated because two weirdos crashed a White House party, but that the Bush White House should never be investigated for torture, politicizing the DOJ, falsifying intelligence, and (not that that I think this one is important but it is similar to the kinds of trivialities that are deemed important when they happen under Clinton or Obama) having a male prostitute show up to lob softball questions at Wthie House briefings.
It’s just plain weird.