September 2, 2012
For over two years, a longtime White House Insider declared Valerie Jarrett – largely unknown by the American public, as the “de-facto president” inside the Obama White House who controls nearly all critical aspects of the Obama administration from her second floor office just a short walk from President Obama’s private second floor study. More recently, our longtime Wall Street Insider promised Jarrett’s flying under the radar days to be over. It appears as they have done so many times before, WSI has delivered big time on that promise.
(WIDE-RANGING DUTIES Valerie Jarrett, right, on her way to Air Force One, is President Obama’s chief liaison to business, state and local governments and the political left.)
…From the first, her official job has been somewhat vague. But nearly four years on, with Mr. Obama poised to accept his party’s renomination this week, her standing is clear, to her many admirers and detractors alike. “She is the single most influential person in the Obama White House,” said one former senior White House official, who like many would speak candidly only on condition of anonymity.
…Mr. Obama’s first two chiefs of staff, Rahm Emanuel and Mr. Daley, clashed with Ms. Jarrett over strategic direction and over who had greater authority to interpret and carry out the president’s wishes, several officials said.
“He’s got a real mess in the West Wing,” said one close presidential adviser. “Valerie is effectively the chief of staff, and he knows, but he doesn’t know. She’s almost like Nancy Reagan was with President Reagan, but more powerful.”
…She serves as the front door to the donors who helped elect the president, reviewing guest lists to White House parties and candidates for patronage positions. But she has snubbed some early supporters, among them the financier George Soros, ignoring his pleas for a substantive meeting on the economy with the president. The message she delivered, according to one person familiar with the exchanges, was that she felt Mr. Soros was “already on the team, and that while he might want to talk to the captain, the captain was very busy.”
Mr. Soros, who has spent tens of millions of dollars on Democratic candidates and causes, is largely sitting on the sidelines this presidential election.
…And Ms. Jarrett has added another role to her portfolio, traveling to swing states to campaign, sometimes at Mr. Obama’s side.
“Homestretch,” she keeps telling him.
“Homestretch?” he’ll reply.
“Yes, almost there,” she says. “We’ve just got the convention, then three debates.” LINK
THAT last line of the NYT article brings home something WHI made note of months ago – Valerie Jarrett is driving Barack Obama to the point of breaking him if need be – the investors in this administration demand a return on investment. She will do all she can to make good on that payment.
And it is that determination that makes her, and thus by default the Obama administration – so dangerous to America. -UM