Desiree Rogers is speaking up about the State Dinner for the first time and wants to set the record straight.

"It's wrong, " Rogers said. "Everyone is saying the same thing, and it's wrong."

Rogers was not in a position to publicly defend herself in the midst of the media firestorm that followed, and the White House did not let her testify at a congressional hearing on the matter.

Some, including White House adviser David Axelrod, a fellow Chicagoan, rose to her defense at the time. However, Rogers said, "it got lost in the Washington tidal wave."

SOURCE: THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

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