Chicago Sun-Times
The scoop from Washington

Valerie Jarrett on New York Times Magazine cover

| 5 Comments

jarrett_cover.jpg

WASHINGTON--The profile of Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House adviser is high and gets bumped up this weekend when she is the cover of the Sunday New York Times Magazine. Hat Tip to Mike Allen of Politicofor what he calls the "West Wing Must-Read" about Jarrett:

From Allen: The cover of The New York Times Magazine -- striking image here -- is: "OBAMA'S BFF / VALERIE JARRETT IS ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S MOST INFLUENTIAL ADVISERS. SO WHAT DOES SHE DO, EXACTLY? BY ROBERT DRAPER ... Obama's long time aide-de-camp is a woman with chameleonlike ability to move fluidly between high-level policy meetings and outreach efforts involving business groups and African-American leaders. And, from her West Wing office, she can also press the president on any issue. But what does Jarrett really do and what do other top insiders like David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel think about her sizable influence over their boss?"


From Robert's piece: "Valerie Jarrett was born of African-American parents in Shiraz, Iran, where her physician father was running a hospital as part of an American aid program. Obama's fabled 'exoticism' was therefore comprehensible to her, the president told me. 'I think we both share an appreciation of the world outside our borders that ironically probably makes us appreciate more the values of America,' he said. 'It also allows us to maybe travel between worlds and cultures in ways that have proven to be not only professionally important but emotionally satisfying. I guess another way of putting it is, she and I both are constantly looking for links and bridges between cultures and peoples. That's central to who we are. And that probably has contributed to forging an even closer relationship than we might've otherwise had.' ''

THAT'S ALL WE HAVE FROM THE PIECE SO FAR, BUT WE CAN TELL YOU THE CORRECT ANSWER TO WHAT VALERIE DOES. Hilary Rosen has the best description we've ever heard, and she shared it with Playbook: "Valerie is the keeper of the flame. She doesn't just track what campaign promises the President needs to keep -- she remembers why he made them. And she knows which ones matter to Michelle. It is the uber-powerful combination."

5 Comments

your interpretation may be flawed, lynn. are you still somewhere in grant park, months ago? she's still got to 'answer for santino', if you will. grove parc, rezko, etc. it's still a fairy tale.

lol!!lol!! gosh, even rolling stone don't stoop to this...lol!!

Did you mean to use the word "consigliere" to describe Ms. Jarrett's role as adviser to the President. It is my understanding that this word refers to an adviser to a leader of a crime syndicate.

Just curious. Truly enjoyed the depth and reflection of this article.

James C. Baker
P: 216.283.1511
E: hibaker1@msn.com

"Obama's long time aide-de-camp is a woman with chameleonlike ability to move fluidly between high-level policy meetings and outreach efforts involving business groups and African-American leaders"

is it just me, or does she actually LOOK like a chameleon???

yea, she looks like a snake. she's just not that bright. parc grove. rezko. the cta....lol. what you see is what you get.

Leave a comment

Get the Sweet widget

More widgets

Video

Lynn Sweet

Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Stay in touch

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Lynn Sweet published on July 22, 2009 7:10 AM.

President Obama official schedule and guidance, July 22, 2009. Meets with Iraq PM Maliki; press conference was the previous entry in this blog.

Michelle Obama's new hair style is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.