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All Quotes by author - Desiree Rogers
" As social secretary, I was responsible for putting together all the events that the President and the First Lady host. "
" How can we salute - encourage the American spirit? That means many different things to many different people. "
" I do feel strongly that we have got to do a little brand-positioning work. Wouldn't it be great to have something that everybody could say: 'Yep, that's Chicago.' "
" I don't consider myself flashy at all. I mean, did I dress like the average Washingtonian? No. "
" I don't do ordinary work. That is not me in the least. "
" I love bringing people together. I think that the environment is so important in terms of what kind of relationships you might be able to create, how people get to know each other. "
" I'm a business person at heart. "
" I'm from New Orleans, and I know that people do like to sit and talk and drink and, you know, have conversation; you have dialogue. "
" I'm much more comfortable in a meritocracy and in reward for good work as opposed to a political environment, where I feel like all of that can be confused. "
" In London, a lot of the time you don't see the sun shine. "
" In many respects, we really are trying to not run the Social Office like a business, but we do have a strategy. We do have a mission. We are trying to standardize certain things so that our time is not spent on, you know, picking flowers or linens, that we've got standards. "
" I think it's fair to say I feel much more comfortable in business than in politics. "
" I think the Social Office is really the office where East meets West. For those that don't know, the East side is typically the First Lady's side of the house. The West side is typically the President's side of the house. "
" It's not a question that people have a very negative image of Chicago. They just don't think about it. "
" I've always been searching. What am I going to do with all this - searching for that place where I could be me. "
" I was in the White House for a year and a half. Up to that point, all my jobs had been very unglamorous. "
" Johnson Publishing offered me an opportunity to build back iconic brands like 'Ebony' and 'Jet' magazines. "
" My job is to make certain that I've done what I was asked and my department has done what we were asked to do by the president and the first lady and the State Department. I believe that we accomplished that. "
" No one should walk into a party and have a stamp that says 'mayor' or 'businessman' on their head. Everyone is just there to have a good time. "
" There is an environment where someone is always looking for someone to make an error. They're always looking not for the good things, the wonderful things the president and first lady are doing, they're looking for an error or to criticize. And it's not conducive to good work. "
" There's no time to waste. Every day, there needs to be movement on something. "
" This ability to mix people together is something I learned early on. "
" Washington is like playing the Super Bowl, only there are no timeouts, no potty breaks, and the arena is filled with the media. In government, you have to learn to put yourself second in a big way. But I am a business person at heart. I like to be in charge. "
" We can't just rest on the fact that this is beautiful Chicago. I want to triple down on that experience and make it... life-altering. "
" We have not really advertised Chicago internationally. "
" When a person makes a decision, people will always want a reason they understand, so they'll put a negative spin on things. "
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