Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler in The White House: New Social Secretary Was a Mardi Gras Queen!

In your-life-is-now-as-transparent-as-a trifle-in-a-glass-bowl news, reporter Jonathan Tilove of The Times-Picayune has added to the sanitized bio of Desirée Rogers presented by the Obama Transition Team. Rogers was named White House Social Secretary on Monday, and will be responsible for the Obamas' social calendar, ceremonial events, state dinners; perhaps she'll even help select a new Top Toque for the White House kitchen. She's a longtime Obama insider. And Rogers is also a former Mardi Gras Zulu Queen in New Orleans, her home town. Things just got as spicy as a nice piece of blackened red fish, courtesy of Tilove's report:

What the statement [official announcement] didn’t mention is that Rogers, 49, is a native New Orleanian who twice was queen of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a krewe dating back to 1916. She was queen of Zulu in 1988, and in 2000 reprised the reign in honor of her father, who died about two and a half months earlier. Her father, Roy E. Glapion Jr., a member of the New Orleans City Council from 1994 until his death in 1999, was instrumental in leading the Zulu krewe... According to an interview last year with the HistoryMakers, an African-American oral history project, Rogers’ favorite color is black, her favorite food is chicken and her favorite saying is "laissez les bon temps rouler."

Okay, a party girl as Social Secetary! How awesome is that? And one who likes to dress up, ride on floats, wear tons of make up and a feathered ball gown! But Rogers also has a deep interest in social issues, obviously, because the Zulu Krewe has done a lot to help the NoLA community. Read more about their work here. The Obama era is going to be very, very exciting...

Below: The 2008 Zulu King and Queen. Read about them here.