The co-chair of Obama's Transition Team, Valerie Jarrett, appeared on Meet the Press this past Sunday, and used a rather interesting choice of words to describe what she things Obama will be doing in January when he's officially sworn into office.
So Who Is Valerie Jarrett?
Valerie Jarrett was born in to an African-American family in Shiraz, Iran in 1959, when her father was a doctor and ran a hospital. At the age of 5, the family moved to London for one year, then returned to Chicago in 1963 with her family living in Hyde Park, the same neighborhood as Obama lives, as did Billy Ayers. As a young girl, Jarrett went to a New England prep school.
As a teen, Jarrett spent her summers traveling to Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt.
Jarrett went to Stanford University and received a degree in psychology in 1978, and also received a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan in 1981. She worked for Mayor Richard Daley as deputy chief of staff in Chicago and she hired Michelle Obama in 1991, and Michelle said before she took the job, she wanted Jarrett to meet her fiance, Barack Obama.
In 2004 she was the finance chairman for Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign. Jarrett was married to William Robert Jarrett from 1983 to 1988. Currently Jarrett is a single mother of a daughter who is currently attending Harvard Law School. Jarrett was a Member of the Board of Chicago Stock Exchange (2000-2007, as Chairman, 2004-2007).
Jarrett is also currently the CEO of The Habitat Company, a real estate development and management company which handles public housing to luxury condos. The company, The Habitat Company, has been accused of mismanaging some of those project, allowing them to deteriorate even more than they had under government supervision, according to a New York Times article.
"I am a sounding board. I know him [Barack Obama] well. I know them both well. So I know of know what makes they who they are. And I don't have a portfolio, so I can come in really only looking at it from their perspective. I have never been through a campaign before on a national level. I'm not a pollster, I'm not a strategist. I'm freed up from all of that." - Vogue
Quotes About Valerie Jarrett
"I trust her completely." - Barack Obama, Chicago Tribune, JUL 27, 08
"She's so calm herself that you find yourself fighting to stay calm as well, trying to even out your tone." - Rev. Al Sharpton, The New Republic, AUG 27, 08
"I've come to love me some Valerie Jarrett." - Dr. Eric Whitaker, vice president at the University of Chicago Medical Center and one of Obama's basketball buddies, Chicago Tribune, JUL 27, 08
What Did She Say?
Jarret told Brokaw that "given the daunting challenges that we face, it's important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one." The entire transcript can be found on CQ Politics.
Jarrett has long been one of Obama's closest advisors. CNN reported on Nov. 9 that she will be Obama's choice to replace him when he vacates the U.S. Senate to begin his presidency. However, on Nov. 8th, Obama said he'll not dictate his Senate replacement according to Politico. "There are going to be a lot of good choices out there, but it is the governor's choice to make, not mine," Obama told reporters Friday in Chicago. Typical Obama style. He said, they said, he didn't say so thus they will be branded liars.
So Jarrett, who has a degree in psychology, decided to use the word "rule" as a verb.....Yes...... I see.. .how interesting.... So I guess all the Obama followers are right, Obama isn't about socialism.. he's about a monarchy, and Jedi Mind Tricks. And how can one choose Jarrett for the Senate, when she doesn't have any Washington experience, much less ANY public office experience. Oh wait.. she's friends with Obama, that's right, his whole staff are his friends. Let's just spread the wealth via employing inexperienced liberal longtime friends to help "rule" our Nation in this time of "Change".....