Desiree: New White House Wallflower?

By Steve Bryant
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 10:28 PM CDT
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White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers from Chicago came under fire last week in the saga of gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi. On Thursday she was asked to testify before the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, but declined.

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Mrs. Hot-to-Trot is hard to spot these days.

Desiree Rogers, Obama's social secretary and alleged Salahi-enabler, is learning how to not outshine her boss, says insider Beltway gossip.

“She’s out there looking like a working stiff," said a source to Sandra McElwaine for The Daily Beast. "A fashionable one, but not dolled up like before.”

Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times is hearing much the same thing.

Those accounts jive with Rogers' new role as check-in guard at two new White House party checkpoints. She's been seen with clipboard  in hand at recent White House parties.

Quite a change post-Crashergate.

In an effort to rehab her image, Washington gossips say Rogers may be planning a humorous mea culpa -- a plan her former husband apparently has a hand in.

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