Now, of course, the Secret Service has been put under pressure to take the heat. Its director Mark Sullivan has made a rare public apology, and appeared before Congress to explain. The Secret Service is one of the finest organizations in our government. Its members have proved their competence and even heroism for generations. Why are they taking the heat rather than the White House social office? It is the social office under social secretary Desirée Rogers, a Chicagoan close to the Obamas, and particularly close to White House senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett (a Chicagoan too), that is supposed to have a representative standing near the security checkpoint into the White House to welcome and verify every guest. Sometimes the social office representative precedes the Secret Service, sometimes the representative is just behind the Secret Service. Always one is there.