‘the president’s right-hand woman’

Chicago Tribune: It was all in a recent day’s work for Valerie Jarrett. She reassured Jewish leaders about White House strategy on Egypt, helped the First Lady sync her spring agenda with her husband’s, ushered a former Fed chairman into the Oval Office, soothed Rev. Al Sharpton’s concerns about education policy and took a stroll with President Obama across Lafayette Park to patch things up with some irritated CEOs.

The schedule illustrates why no one else in the White House now has a range of responsibilities equal to Jarrett’s. When Obama took office she was the least seen of his four senior advisors. Now chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and chief political strategist David Axelrod have returned to Chicago, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has also departed. Jarrett, 54, remains, picking up new duties from each of them. Long the closest personal confidante of Barack and Michelle Obama, she is steadily becoming more visible at Obama’s side…..

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15 Responses to “‘the president’s right-hand woman’”

  1. 1 Proud of Obama
    February 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Good morning. I love Valerie’s dedication to President Obama and the First Lady. She is an accomplished woman in her own right who is really working hard to help this country.

    Glad to see her getting some much deserved credit for her hard work.

  2. 2 VC prezOfan2
    February 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It’s encouraging to know that he has trustworthy people around him. I can’t imagine having to work in an environment where I have to be on guard with everyone, and he apparently doesn’t. Since reading my first (Rolling Stones)article about the President in 2008, I’ve been impressed by the way those closest to him have been able to hold information close to their chests. Despite what the critics say, he has to be doing something right. 😉

  3. 3 VC prezOfan2
    February 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Happy, warm Sunday to Everyone!

  4. 10 Dorothy Rissman
    February 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Jarrett, in my mind, has a more developed sense and understand of who Barack Obama is. A couple of years back I remember her speaking to the issue of how closely our president listens to, and responds to, what others are saying. That is a very unusual characteristic for someone who holds so much power. In other words, he doesn’t have a big head.

  5. 11 Fred
    February 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    thank you Valerie Jarrett for all that you do and for being a good and loyal friend to President and Mrs Obama

    • 12 barb
      February 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I second your sentiments, Fred. Valerie Jarrett has been close to the First Couple for years. I am glad that his team can keep secrets close to their chests.

  6. 13 Chi
    February 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Valerie Jarrett is the last of that now fast becoming extinct extraordinary human being who understands, embraces and lives the truest form of loyalty, dedication and friendship in their most uncorrupted and selfless forms…

    She has with such dignity and grace, been there quietly but forcefully and fiercely protective and supportive of our magnificent President and First Lady…

    It’s never about her – it’s always about the President and the First Lady and their very positive and important agenda…

    Where many have tried to crassly use their appointments to or association with this administration to self-promote and/or undermine and sabotage the President and First Lady;

    Valerie Jarrett has been one of the few consistently loyal, clear-eyed, focused, reliable and all around amazing and solid members of the President’s cabinet and advisers…

    She will be richly rewarded…

    May God continue to abundantly bless and protect her…

  7. 14 ber6964
    February 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    It’s nice to know he’s in the hands of so many GOOD Women!

  8. 15 Eleroy
    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I love Valerie Jarrett!!! She is an amazing woman and a great asset to our country and our President!!! This is what being raised by educated, worldy, smart, conscious parents looks like!!! Her parents are proud Americans who did amazing work in the middle east. Very ahead of their time!!!

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