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The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]
Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST by freespirited

If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor he stopped taking Jarrett seriously “as an adviser to the president of the United States.”

It’s about time. Many have wondered—and the Washington Post asked last year—“What, exactly, does Valerie Jarrett do?” No one has a clear answer. Whatever she does, the U.S. taxpayer pays her $172,200 a year to do it. A confidante of the Obamas for more than two decades, variously described as the president’s “closest adviser” and a member of the “innermost ring” of influence, Jarrett clearly has the first couple’s ears. She seems to function as a sort of third party to the Obama marriage, guarding the president and his wife from bad news and outside influence while meeting with Lady Gaga. Her lack of any national political experience whatsoever—she had never been to Iowa before Obama competed there three years ago—has not prevented her from shaping the White House’s political strategy and influencing economic and foreign policies. One might liken her to Don Corleone’s consigliere Tom Hagen, bedecked in a designer shawl, except Hagen gave better advice.

What Valerie Jarrett does best is represent the Obama administration in microcosm. She embodies its insularity, its cronyism, its cluelessness. Born in Iran to a prominent African-American family from Chicago, she took degrees at Stanford and Michigan Law. She worked briefly as a corporate lawyer but hated every moment. So she decided to “give back,” which is Chicago code for cashing in. She campaigned for Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, and worked for him in the corporation counsel’s office. Washington died in 1987, but Jarrett remained in government, working for his successor, Mayor Richard M. “Richie” Daley, son of legendary boss Richard J. Daley. It was all upward from there.

Before long Jarrett stood at the intersection of private interest and public power. She became Daley’s deputy chief of staff and was later appointed to various boards and quasi-governmental agencies that award lucrative contracts—the Chicago Transit Board, the Commission for Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and so on. Her social standing, combined with her positions in government and her well-compensated seats on the boards of many companies, magnified Jarrett’s power. She knew everybody. Everybody wanted to know her.

In 1991, another disillusioned attorney, Michelle Robinson, applied for a job in Mayor Daley’s office. Jarrett interviewed her. The two women were instant friends. Before accepting the position, however, Robinson made an unusual request: Would Jarrett mind having dinner with her and her fiancé, Barack Obama? Jarrett accepted, and she has never been far from the couple since.

President Obama, who grew up partly in Indonesia, seems to be drawn to Americans who have spent considerable time abroad, who feel askew in their native land. Jarrett told author David Remnick that the reason she bonded with Barack Obama was that “he and I shared a view of where the United States fit in the world, which is often different from the view people have who have not traveled outside the United States as young children.” Remnick goes on to write that Jarrett viewed America “as one country among many, rather than as the center of all wisdom and experience.” Sounds like the president, all right.

Jarrett was an early supporter of Obama’s political career. From her post at the nexus of Chicago business and politics, she was helpful in introducing the ambitious state senator to rich and well-connected figures. The association was not without embarrassment, however. Jarrett was an occasional collaborator with the developer Antoin Rezko, whose 2006 arrest for public corruption became a shallow pothole in Obama’s road to the White House. And Jarrett herself provided some bad headlines: In addition to her public burdens, she ran Habitat Co., which received taxpayer subsidies to manage low-income housing projects seemingly into the ground. The feds seized one complex in 2006; another, Grove Parc Plaza, was exposed as a decrepit slum by the Boston Globe in 2008.

The Chicago method was on full display after Obama defeated John McCain, when functionaries from across the state of Illinois lobbied for the president-elect’s now vacant Senate seat. Evidence released at the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich reveals that Jarrett, who has never been elected to anything, wanted to replace her protégé in the Senate. This was something incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was only too happy to make happen, since he had no desire for Jarrett to join the Obamas at the White House. But the president-elect overruled both advisers. He wanted Jarrett by his side. Later she became mistrustful of Emanuel when she learned that he had tried to sideline her.

The feeling was mutual. One of Obama’s more flowery hagiographers, journalist Richard Wolffe, divides the administration into “revivalists,” who want the president to be true to the spirit of hope and change, and “survivalists,” who believe compromise is necessary in a divided country. Jarrett is the leader of the revivalists, and her fingerprints are on every blunder and boo-boo the White House has ever made. She bragged to a conference of leftwing bloggers that she had hired noted environmentalist and 9/11 Truther Van Jones, later forced to resign. She campaigned extensively for Obama to travel to Copenhagen and make the case for holding the 2016 summer games in Chicago before the International Olympic Committee. Obama took the trip; the IOC chose Rio. During this time Jarrett met with George Kaiser, the Obama bundler and investor whose solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was up for a huge loan guarantee. Jarrett, according to government documents, was warned about Solyndra’s shaky finances on the eve of the president’s visit to the company’s facility in Fremont, California. Obama went anyway.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the president tends to side with the revivalists because they feed his ego. Jarrett’s descriptions of Obama are adoring. “I knew the unique combination of leadership qualities that Barack has would push him to greatness,” she told Richard Wolffe. “They always have. Barack has this kind of a—what’s the way to describe it?—restless spirit.” Obama, she told Remnick, has “been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what other people do.” Fed a constant diet of words like these, is it any wonder Obama decided to press on with his health care overhaul after Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, refused any meaningful compromise with Republicans during last summer’s debt ceiling fight, and insisted on giving one “major” address after another even though they have done nothing to advance his agenda or salvage his underwater approval rating?

The House is lost, Obama’s reelection looks dicey, but Jarrett is flying high. In one sense she is the most successful Obama courtier of them all: She has outlasted her rivals. Gibbs is gone. Internal clashes led to Emanuel’s sudden discovery that he had always wanted to be mayor of Chicago. Emanuel’s replacement, fellow Chicagoan Bill Daley (brother of Richie), was muscled out last week; word is he fought with Jarrett too. Her persistence is matched only by her tone-deafness. Wolffe describes the president’s first visit to Chicago after his inauguration. From the window of his helicopter Obama could see that his arrival had caused a major traffic jam. “We shouldn’t have come here in rush hour,” he reflected. This was too much for Jarrett. “You know what, Mr. President?” she said. “You may not be enjoying your new life, but I am.”

Better enjoy it while it lasts—which won’t be for long if Obama continues to listen to his inept political fixer.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California; US: Illinois; US: Iowa; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: chicago; communist; daley; haroldwashington; illinois; iowa; iran; jarrett; jodikantor; ladygaga; lizardqueen; michigan; michiganlaw; obamastaffers; olympics; richarddaley; robertgibbs; slumlord; stanford; valeriejarrett; vanjones
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Whenever I hear her name, my mind flashes back to the clip of her gushing over Van Jones. Guess she's easily impressed -- as long as you're a far lefty.
1 posted on 01/15/2012 9:47:16 AM PST by freespirited
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To: maggief; STARWISE; Liz; onyx; Velveeta
Wanta play “dump on Valerie”+

BBL (after lunch) Go for it, I'll catch up!

Hope the author of the book/article reads what they've missed.

2 posted on 01/15/2012 9:56:34 AM PST by hoosiermama
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To: freespirited

I believe Jarrett actually runs the White House—the Presidency. I think she sets policy for a brainless Obama puppet.

3 posted on 01/15/2012 9:57:02 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: freespirited

Commie bastards in the white hut

4 posted on 01/15/2012 10:07:31 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Sudetenland
I believe Jarrett actually runs the White House—the Presidency. I think she sets policy for a brainless Obama puppet.

Absolutely! Jarrett is the unelected Resident!

5 posted on 01/15/2012 10:07:36 AM PST by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

6 posted on 01/15/2012 10:11:38 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: melancholy

Is she a muslim too?


7 posted on 01/15/2012 10:12:33 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: freespirited

She's Obama's Martin Bormann.

8 posted on 01/15/2012 10:14:54 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Sudetenland


Further, I believe they have a sort of harridan trinity operating there. It consists of ValJay, Mooch, and the MIL.

Ever notice how Obama’s use of metaphors always, always sounds feminine?

Eat your peas, sippin’ on a Slurpee, drive the car into a ditch, etc., etc.

Men do not speak that way.

9 posted on 01/15/2012 10:15:46 AM PST by Stalwart
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To: freespirited
" Born in Iran to a prominent African-American family from Chicago,

IMHO, this should have precluded her from getting within 50 yards of the White House.

10 posted on 01/15/2012 10:16:18 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: freespirited
Fed a constant diet of words like these, is

"Worm Tongue" from LOTR comes to mind.....

11 posted on 01/15/2012 10:23:31 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: freespirited

.....................Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.”.....................................

That’s the first time that I have respect for Gibbs. For one time in his life there were some little bumps growing in his groin.

12 posted on 01/15/2012 10:29:21 AM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: freespirited
(Van Jones rantings)

Many of the Van Jones records/videos have been removed...he is a Communist and Valerie Jarrett knew it but then Ms. Jarrett is no US Constitutionalist........Bill Ayers is another old friend of both Obama's along with the Rev. Wright. The Black Panthers, Black Radical Congress, Cornel West and his in-your-face Afro, Obama is plain and simply surrounded by Anti Americans who are Communist and Marxist acually raised by them....Valery Jarrett is speaking for the country as she speaks through Obama and Michelle most of the time. Need more proof? read Marc Thiessen's book, "Courting Disaster"....Obama is not stupid...he is systematically striping the nation of both its wealth and security. is easy to research and see what this Marxist is doing.

13 posted on 01/15/2012 10:37:34 AM PST by yoe
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To: freespirited

Valerie Jarrett is a COMMUNIST from a family of COMMUNISTS

The Communist Party USA continues to back their “friend” Barack Obama.

How deeply has the Communist Party been involved in advancing Obama’s political career-through the Jarrett family, or by other means?

The answers to these questions will have major implications for the future of what’s left of the free world

It is now well established that Barack Obama was linked to the Hawaiian Communist Party network through his boyhood/teenage mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

It is also well known that after moving to Chicago, Obama linked up with the local communist networks.

Manning Marable, a leader of the Communist Party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism claims that Obama “understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years...”

This leads to two key questions.

A Were the Hawaii and Chicago networks connected?

B Did Obama’s connection to Frank Marshall Davis in any way influence his progress up the Chicago political ladder?

If the answer is yes to both, there are significant implications.

Valerie Jarett is a COMMUNIST

Dee Myles is a Chicago activist and chair of the Education Commission of the Communist Party USA. In 2004, after Vernon Jarret’s death from cancer she penned this tribute for the People’s Weekly World of June 5th.

Readers like me can be extremely selective of the journalists we read habitually... We are selective about the journalists to whom we become insatiably addicted, and once hooked we develop a constructive love affair without the romance...

Such was my experience with Vernon Jarrett, an African American journalist in Chicago who died at the age of 86 on May 23. I became a Vernon Jarrett addict, and I am proud of it!

Vernon Jarrett’s career as a journalist in Chicago began and ended at the Chicago Defender, the African American daily paper. In between, he was the first Black journalist at the Chicago Tribune, and I first began to read his articles during his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times

Jarrett’s claim to fame is that he was a partisan of the cause of African Americans in the broad democratic tradition of Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois...

Robeson and DuBois were both Communist Party members. On April 9th, 1998 at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, Jarrett hosted a Paul Robeson Citywide Centennial Celebration event, with his old comrade and Party sympathiser Margaret Burroughs and former Communist Party members Studs Terkel and his old friend Oscar C.Brown.

Dee Myles continues;

Jarrett was fanatical about African Americans registering and voting in mass for socially conscious candidates. He championed Harold Washington like a great warrior, and this March, from his hospital bed, wrote an article appealing to Black Chicago to turn out to vote for Barack Obama in the Illinois primaries. Obama astounded everyone with an incredible landslide victory as the progressive, Black candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. From his sickbed, Vernon Jarrett issued a clarion call, and the people responded.

The Jarrett/Obama conection did not end with Vernon Jarrett’s death-it moved to a higher level with his famous daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett.

A former Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development under Harold Washington, Jarrett continued to work in the mayor’s office into the 1990s.

In 1991, while Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley, Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama.

Later Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama’s HOPEFUND.

The relationship is more than professional-Jarrett is regarded as one of the Obamas’ closest friends and advisors.

According to Take Political Action May 24th 2008;

“She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.” That’s how an Obama insider described Valerie Jarrett as an Obama campaign aide announced Thursday night the former CTA chief and current Habitat Co. CEO is taking on a larger role to help her close friend win his White House bid.

The development comes as Jarrett, a charter member of Sen. Barack Obama’s kitchen cabinet, has been formalizing her portfolio and stepping up the pace within the past few weeks as a top advisor within the campaign.

Though she will be part-time, Jarrett will be one of the most visible and powerful African-Americans in the top rungs of the Obama operation...

Today Valerie Jarrett serves as one of three Senior Advisors to President Obama. She is Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and Chairs the White House Commission on Women and Girls.

Would there be an Obama/Jarrett relationship today, if there had been no Frank Marshall Davis/Jarrett connection through the Communist Party of post war Chicago?

14 posted on 01/15/2012 10:43:03 AM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000

Communist Party USA

Communist Party USA
Chairperson Sam Webb
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1919
Headquarters 235 W. 23rd Street
New York 10011
Ideology Communism,
International affiliation None
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) is a Marxist-Leninist political party in the United States, established in 1919.

Emerging from the organized Left Wing of the Socialist Party of America, the first American Communists sought to build support among American workers to overthrow capitalism, support the Soviet Union and implement what later was known as Stalinism by establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat in America.[1] Fearful federal authorities reacted with a campaign of suppression, forcing the Communist movement into an underground existence of secret cells, where it was consumed by sectarian political infighting amongst the radicals themselves. At the behest of the Comintern the underground Communist organizations were unified and eased into an above ground existence over the course of the next several years. Bitter factional wrangling continued to grip the party throughout the decade of the 1920s, however, ending in the expulsions of Trotskyist and Lovestoneite factional dissidents.

The coming of the Great Depression and the emergence of fascism in Europe created a great opportunity for the CPUSA to build public support and to expand its role building the US labor movement. The party also was a leading voice in battles on behalf of African Americans, fighting racism in their own ranks and lynchings in the South in seeking social equality of the races. At the same time, the CPUSA aligned itself with the Soviet Union and the ComIntern under the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Elements of the party were systematically employed for espionage on behalf of the Soviet intelligence service.

5 posted on 10/30/2010 2:01:25 AM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)

15 posted on 01/15/2012 10:46:12 AM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: freespirited
Jarrett is a remora. That allows her to travel wherever the big shark goes and receive plenty of food and protection along the way.
16 posted on 01/15/2012 10:46:31 AM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: freespirited


17 posted on 01/15/2012 10:51:13 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: freespirited; BufordP; trooprally
Obama, she told Remnick, has “been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what other people do.”

We're not worthy! We're not worthy!

Let's make a bronze statue to Valerie as well as Obamao. We could run a FReepathon for it.

18 posted on 01/15/2012 10:52:52 AM PST by sauropod (OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE! Vote Republican!)
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To: Rome2000

I say this in a friendly way, but you have not proven ValJar is a commie. Her old man certainly was, but to level a charge like that, you need direct proof.

19 posted on 01/15/2012 10:58:12 AM PST by sauropod (OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE! Vote Republican!)
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20 posted on 01/15/2012 11:04:37 AM PST by ElayneJ
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