The big question: Was Desiree Rogers pushed, prodded or pointed to the exit door at the White House?
Answer: Yes.Sounds like Michelle may not have appreciated the competition.
"She is loved by the Obamas and part of the Chicago White House gang, but it became apparent Desiree was totally in over her head in her role as White House social secretary," a top Dem source said.
"Desiree was under-prepared and broke the cardinal rules of the job: Keep your head down, work your ass off and do not permit the camera to focus on you," added the source, who is familiar with the inner workings of the White House.
"She was the wrong pick in the first place," the source said.
In the aftermath of the White House "Gate-crasher" scandal and the elevated status in which Rogers clothed her "Comme des Garcons" self, she became an unwanted distraction -- and it was emanating from first lady Michelle Obama's East Wing.
Rogers claims the "Gate-crasher" incident wasn't the deciding factor in her resignation, but the White House felt she had to go...
Update: Rogers is out; Smoot is in.
Who dat? According to wiki, Julianna Smoot
was the national finance director for the presidential campaign of the Barack Obama. Under Smoot's direction, the campaign raised $32.5 million during the second quarter of 2007...Sounds like she's a perfect fit.
Smoot was born in North Carolina. She graduated from Smith College in 1989. Smoot served as finance director for then Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and as finance director for Senator John Edwards's Senate race in 1998.