Remember that story about Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff Jackie Norris leaving the White House to embark on a career elsewhere in the Obama Administration? Well, seems Desiree Rogers might have given Jackie a little “assist” out the door.
Norris had been Obama’s Iowa state coordinator and had become close to Michelle Obama during the campaign. But Norris said in an interview that she came to agree that she wasn’t a good fit for this job, which requires not only management and policy skills but also inevitably touches on the first lady’s personal and family life.
One early miscalculation on Norris’ s part was that she tried to take on Desiree Rogers, a close friend of the first lady, insisting that the social secretary report to her. The disagreement culminated in what one aide described as a “blowup.” Valerie Jarrett, aide to the president and a friend of both women, had to step in and smooth over a conflict that many thought should never have been engaged. “We brought in people with strong personalities and passions,” Norris said. “Disagreements are inevitable.”
Apparently Norris messed with the wrong Zulu Queen.