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desireeDesirée Rogers is leaving the White House with a chip on her shoulder. In a profile in the New York Times, a host of sources close to Rogers say that Obama’s outgoing social secretary feels the administration hung her out to dry in the Salahi dust-up. “As she put it, ‘They never lifted a finger to help me set the record straight,’” says one associate.

Tension was building even before the incident. Rogers’ appearance in a magazine photo shoot wearing a $3,495 dress with $110,000 earrings struck many in the administration as tone deaf, given the recession. David Axelrod also took issue with her talk about the “Obama brand,” telling her, “The president is a person, not a product.” Immediately afterward, Michelle Obama cancelled Rogers’ appearance at an MTV dinner, and assigned her chief of staff to monitor future ones—to Rogers’ constant annoyance.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers arrives for a State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, Nov. 24, 2009.

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