Michelle in NYC, Valerie and Desiree are BFFs for Capitol File

Caroline Kennedy and Michelle Obama greet each other on stage as part of the opening of the American Ballet Theatre in New York.Michelle continues to dabble in the “fun stuff” as First Lady, hitting up museums and the ballet in New York City while Capitol File Magazine put up their piece on Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Social Secy. Desiree Rogers on the Web. News flash: It’s puffy and full of clothing descriptions.

More pictures and a snippet of the article after the jump.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg chatting with the First Lady at the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I very much approve of Rogers’ shoes, and from the ebullient look on her face, she is quite pleased by them as well.

Now for some Rogers on Jarrett and some Jarrett on Rogers:

“I have known Valerie for a very long time. We are very different, but fundamentally the same,” Rogers says. “We have the same values, the same desire to do excellent work and to help others … We have a very strong foundation in our relationship. We’ve been through a lot together and trust is really not an issue; it is built. No one can disrupt that foundation …”

“I admire her extraordinary ability to keep a thousand balls up in the air at one time and never let one even come close to the ground,” Jarrett says about Rogers. “She is very organized and disciplined, and yet she has this incredible spirit for fun and innovation. She has been a breath of fresh air to the social secretary’s office. She uses it not only as an opportunity to have events in the White House, but she connects the events to the values and philosophy of the president and the first lady.”

You pat my back and I’ll pitty-pat yours with compliments! And now Rogers and Jarrett on the Obamas.

Jarrett and Rogers both also consider President and Mrs. Obama among their dear friends. “Our friendship is based on having known each other for a long time and understanding each other,” Jarrett says. “I know their priorities, I know their values, I understand why they’re here. So I think it actually helps me serve them better to be their friend—for them and for our country.” Jarrett finds their friendship a source of comfort and camaraderie. “It’s nice to have friends who understand what you’re going through firsthand because they’re right there living the experience with you,” she adds.

Being a welcoming host and making those around you comfortable are the hallmarks of the perfect first lady, and these are things Rogers says Michelle Obama does with aplomb. “The warmth is just overflowing and it’s not an act; it’s who they are, it’s what they believe, what they think is right,” Rogers says. “I feel that same way, too. So we’re always in sync about what I call ‘the guest experience’—how people should feel and be treated once they’re in the White House.”

Drown in fluff! Read it all here!

4 thoughts on “Michelle in NYC, Valerie and Desiree are BFFs for Capitol File

  1. You took the words right out of my mouth. When I got to the last paragraph, I said to myself: "This is just fluff." And you mentioned drowing in fluff.

  2. Love that purple outfit Michelle is wearing. I like Desiree’s shoes and dress as separate pieces. /fluffiness:P

  3. 1. I like the Black dress more than the Mizrahi – it wasn’t cut to fit for The First Lady.2. Valerie and Desiree – that’s not an act for Washington. There was rarely a picture of one of them in the society columns of our newspapers without the other being there. Actually, it was a trio – add in Linda Johnson Rice(Johnson Publishing), and there’s the triumvirate. They were always together at those events.

  4. Rikyrah, the purple dress was made to fit that way. It was supposed to be a semi loose cut. I loved it on her!

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