Monday, February 21, 2011

The President's Right Hand Woman

In today's Chicago Tribune, reporter Christi Parsons writes about the woman who has been by President Obama's side since the beginning of his campaign - Valerie Jarrett. The article described how they all encompassing advisor juggles all the many tasks that she deals with in any day including reaching out to businesses or helping with American engagement. They also noted that Valerie Jarrett is the only one standing in the White House while advisers Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, and now Robert Gibbs have left.

"She has a unique relationship with the president, a deep understanding of him," said Axelrod, "That is critical to him. It's important to him to have people who have that relationship around him."She is a consensus builder who reinforces Obama's tendency toward centrism, but is also a voice for women and minorities in policy considerations. Her involvement in an issue has the presidential imprint. Her presence is seen as his proxy, as when she visited with the Dalai Lama while Obama first paid respects to the Chinese president. Jarrett was Obama's choice to be his liaison with business, a relationship that went sour right at the start.

A great article that really shows how much influence she has in the White House. You can read the rest of the article at Chicago Tribune.


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