For normal folk like me, it provided some low entertainment; I was impressed, frankly, that there’s a professional tier below famous-for-being-famous that includes the paradox of the obscure socialite. But since I mostly have friends in middle-class places, I did not realize this was a Big Deal. Fortunately, America has betters manning the gates, like Sally Quinn:
Burn! (Sally Quinn now edits the section “On Faith” for the Washington Post.)
Suddenly Rogers’s spotlight turns as social secretary appeared more attention grabbing than brand building, particularly her front-row seat next to the editor of Vogue at a New York runway show and her luxe fashion posing in WSJ., the magazine of The Wall Street Journal. In the hubbub that followed the state dinner security breach, The New York Times declared that Rogers was a woman who, “like Icarus, flew too close to the sun.”
For 99% of the world this was not an important failure, but it was somehow sufficient for the former Peoples Energy president and Illinois lottery head to resign, though it clearly did not tarnish her reputation enough for the Emanuel campaign to pass on her social services.
Dunno if I get to go, but if you see “obscure antisocialite” on the invite list, say hi.