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Posted by on Aug 10, 2009 in Miscellaneous, Politics, Society | 4 comments

Who’s The Power Behind Barack Obama’s Throne?

Obama and Valerie Jarrett

Is Michelle Obama the power behind the White House throne in Washington? Or is it the American Vice-President Joe Biden? Or, Chief of White House staff Rahm Emanuel? Could it be State Department chief Hillary Clinton? Or, Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson?

“You may not recognise her face, or her name. Yet Valerie Jarrett is arguably the most powerful person in the White House apart from the President, ” says Robert Draper of The Independent.

Valerie Jarrett is a Washington outsider with a Washingtonian’s mind-deadening job title: senior adviser and assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement.

“Roughly translated, she is Obama’s intermediary to the outside world. But the 52-year-old Jarrett is also the President’s closest friend in the White House, and it is not lost on her colleagues that when senior staff meetings in the Oval Office break up, she often stays behind with the boss.

“Over a four-month period of reporting, I struggled to understand Jarrett’s ineffable raison d’ĂȘtre in the Obama White House. Perhaps proving that nothing succeeds like failure, my plaintive queries were unexpectedly rewarded one afternoon by a telephone call from the President himself.

” ‘Well, Valerie is one of my oldest friends,’ Obama began. ‘Over time, I think our relationship evolved to the point where she’s like a sibling to me … I trust her completely.’ As his surrogate, Jarrett is trusted ‘to speak for me, particularly when we’re dealing with delicate issues’.

“Among the narrative threads that are weaved, almost uninterrupted, throughout the history of the American presidency, is the inevitable presence in the White House of The One Who Gets the Boss. Karen Hughes got George W Bush. Bruce Lindsey got Bill Clinton. And so on, back to Thomas Jefferson’s lifelong reliance on the counsel of James Madison.

“Jarrett was born of African-American parents in Shiraz, Iran, where her physician father was running a hospital as part of an American aid programme. Obama’s fabled ‘exoticism’ was therefore comprehensible to her, the President told me. ‘She and I both are constantly looking for links and bridges between cultures and peoples,’ he said.”

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  • Father_Time

    Uh, how about the American People there Swaraaj.

  • Silhouette

    Uh…I was going to say Swaraaj, we don’t have a monarchy so “throne” is only going to agitate people to hear. It’s like calling him the Messiah. I don’t like it and am frankly tired of it.

    That being said there are a number of people behind Obama’s “power” as our elected leader. There always has been. I’d rather have Jarrett than Cheney influencing the Whitehouse any day of the week. Just call it a gut feeling that she would work out better as an advisor than Cheney did as the de facto King of the United States for 8 years…..and counting…judging from how the CIA seems to still say “how high?” when Cheney directs them to jump from his underground bunker….and how he has never been prosecuted for high crimes he committed in office and elsewhere.

  • shannonlee

    60 minutes did a story about her around….3 months ago I believe.

  • tropicgirl

    Great. I was wondering who was behind Obama’s “genius” public relations strategy. This is the idiot that told the president to attack the voters attending the town halls? This is the idiot who told Obama it is just “fine” to reverse positions to the point that no one trusts a single thing that he says? This is the idiot that told the Obamas to go on “date night” to expensive places while American citizens are turned out into the street? This is the moron who told Obama to make the largest bank heist in the history of the world happen? And, finally, this is the idiot that single-handedly ruined Michelle Obamas reputation by dressing her like a freak? I wondered who that was.

    I guess she cares not if she has a job in 4 years or if the Democrats retain the majority? What a bunch of self-centered opportunists surrounding the Obamas. I wonder if they ever had real friends.

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