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Jarrett headed toward top White House spot

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WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's transition co-chair Valerie Jarrett is headed toward a senior position in the White House, I've learned, rather than a Cabinet post. Meanwhile, Jarrett Wednesday shut down speculation about replacing Obama in the Senate when she said she's not interested in the seat.

Jarrett holds a unique position in that she is a personal friend as well as adviser to the president-elect and wife Michelle.

She's more valuable to Obama in the White House than in his Cabinet.

At the White House, Jarrett is expected to serve in a similar role as in the campaign, as an Obama counselor and confidante.

Jarrett sent out the word that Gov. Blagojevich, who will appoint Obama's replacement, should not put her on his list.

She told PBS anchor Judy Woodruff, "I'm actually not interested in the Senate position. What I've said to President-elect Obama, you know -- as you know, he's a very dear friend. He knows me well. ... I'm happy to serve my country at the pleasure of the president in any way he deems fit."

Lynn Sweet

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CONGRATS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU
HAVE DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO FOR THE OBAMA
FAMILY, YOU ARE CLASS ACT!

i've been wondering why so many, including myself, have been intrigued with this woman's future. can't really see what she'd bring to the senate...even less to the white house. 'personal friend'? yea, i got a bunch but none i'd get surgery from given a hernia, and often, if the car is crowded, they grow grouchy if they have to ride 'the hump'.
if she doesn't go to the dnc, perhaps girlfriend should go off to the kennedy school at harvard. her daughter is right down the road and she might get to read some cicero, or at least hunter thompson, and hang in some delightful restaurants. it's close to the vineyard. white house? val, the olympic judges give you a 3 on that. o.k.?

Would it be more than window dressing
to at least consider a few members of the
other party who may help Illinois in the recovery.

I would certainly submit a resume to be a
Senator focused on Illinois and the energy needs
of our Country.

So if someone could please leave me a fax number
or email address, that would be helpful.

Rich Evans CPA Risk Manager
rme132008@yahoo.com

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