Barack Obama And The Christmas Card Incident - A True Story


Maybe you don't think your 2011 Christmas cards are worth sending. Well, Desiree Rogers believes in sending them now. She lost her job early in 2010 by not sending corporate Christmas cards to her clients. It was not just any job in any business. Instead, she had one of the best jobs in the world. It is a job that many would aspire to do but only a handful of people would ever get the opportunity.

Desiree did not work in an old factory. She did not work for a struggling small business. Instead she worked in one of the most luxurious buildings in the world and her boss is probably the most recognised man in the world. Yes, Desiree's failure to send business Christmas cards to her most important clients contributed in no small way to her departure from the White House early in 2010. She was employed as the White House Social Secretary. Her boss was none other than President Obama, himself.

Where did it all go wrong for Desiree? Firstly, she was implicated in the infamous Gatecrashers Security Lapse. Two uninvited guests, Tareq and Michele Salahi, managed to get into a gala in late November, 2009 in honour of the Indian Prime Minister.

Secondly, Desiree was criticised for posing in fashion shoots for glossy magazines.

However, Reid Pillifant in his article on March 16, 2010 for the New York Observer under the heading, Desiree Rogers and the Christmas Card Incident puts a different slant on the departure of Desiree Rogers from the White House.

According to Pillifant, "She apparently didn't send out Christmas cards.

Or, at least, she didn't send them to the right wealthy donors, who proceeded to rise up and ousted Ms. Rogers, a source told Politico.

"While such a slight may seem insignificant, it can carry major repercussions," writes Jeanne Cummings, who uses the Christmas card issue in the lead of a piece about dissatisfaction among President Obama's wealthy donors." (Reference –

It seems as though some of the Democrat Party's most wealthy donors were put off by not receiving their corporate Christmas cards from the White House. I guess they figured that if their donations helped get Barack Obama into the White House, then the least they could expect in return would be a Christmas card.

Well, I trust you do not make the same mistake as Desiree Rogers. Send as many of your clients as possible personalised Christmas cards this year.

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