(Preamble: Typepad's html editor is making me crazy!)
From Michelle Malkin:
[Rogers is] the intimate Chicago fund-raising crony of Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett who was once married to fellow Obama crony and frequent White House visitor John Rogers, chief executive of multi-billion-dollar Ariel Capital Management. They both bundled hundreds of thousands in donations for Team Obama before Desiree was appointed to head the White House social secretary’s office — an office smack dab in the middle of the Crasher-gate scandal that is smellier than week-old Thanksgiving turkey.
Rogers and the other two mentioned at the beginning serve the Obama Administration in roles great and small; all have demonstrated basic incompetence or committed mind-bogglingly stupid blunders and/or venal acts within their fields of operation in the Administration; and all are black. Then there’s Barack Obama himself.
Are these factors significant for any reason besides the obvious? Yes and the reason is the same one to which I’ve been pointing for a little while now.
I posted this at Jeff Goldstein's place. I have edited it a bit:
There are plenty of persons who are black and who are competent in law, medicine, security, social planning, etc. But to hire any of them would deprive Obama of wielding his (and/or his puppeteer’s) heretofore pretty successful tactic: hurling accusations of racism. Thus are incompetents from Eric Holder to Desiree Rogers installed into place to wreck havoc. And Leftists will fall for the racism tactic every time. One might say that the tactic is part of the Obama Doctrine.
This whole brouhaha about the “security breach” is yet another of his methods of sowing racial discord. But since it’s pretty elaborate, I don’t think that it originated with Obama.
The fact that that Michaele and Tareq Salahi managed to get themselves into last week's White House state dinner, seemingly without an invitation has caused many observers to upbraid the Secret Service. And whether blame can legitimately fall on them or not, it's likely that it will be stoically accepted by the organization in general and by its individual members in particular. They don't whine.
[Former White House Assistant for Arrangements Cathy Hargraves] job duties included overseeing the invitations for guests at state dinners and keeping track of RSVPs, she says. On the evening of state dinners, she says, she physically stood at the East Gate portico entrance and greeted each of the guests as they arrived, checking their names off a computerized printout of those who had been invited.
But when she met with Rogers last February and went over her job responsibilities, she says, the new social secretary told her, “We don’t feel we have a need for that anymore.” Rogers’s explanation, according to Hargraves: “In these economic times, I don’t think we’re going to have very many lavish expensive dinners. It wouldn’t look very good.”
And the latter (AP):
During President George W. Bush's administration, it was standard procedure to have someone from the White House social office at the gate for state dinners and other events with large groups of visitors, according to a former senior Bush aide who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to be seen as criticizing the Obama White House.
The social office is most knowledgeable about the guest list and could have been called in case of any uncertainty, this official said.
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, asked by The Associated Press on Thursday whether personnel from her office were at the checkpoint said, "We were not."
If President Obama merely wanted to give competent black Americans a chance in these areas, he had a number from which to choose. Even one would suffice.
But that would defeat the purpose. Therefore, the president—and/or his puppeteers—appoint incompetents or cronies. (Cronies are okay if greasing the right palms isn’t all they know how to do.)
And when white people begin to call for the resignations of such people or begin to speculate openly that maybe, perhaps black people really are inferior, the accusation of racism can be hurled. And the anger, frustration and bitterness gets upped yet one more notch.
I don’t see how the rest of you keep falling for it.
(via Darleen Click)
UPDATE: The Anchoress wonders whether there is a power struggle going on between the White House and the Secret Service. Of course, she makes her case.