How much power does Valerie Jarrett have in the White House?
Senior adviser's role, influence questioned
- Duration 6:07
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Senior adviser's role, influence questioned
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Who knows I was just getting up this point I'll -- you question this afternoon about the influence of one of the president's closest friends and advisors.
Arise from New York Times broke out suggesting that Valerie Jarrett is easy -- Is really the power behind the president.
Sexy that little else if he's telling stories about her relationship.
And how he -- on her as he fights for four more years in the White House it's an editor and columnist.
What I could have been -- He's Linear time goes on -- several feet and talks about how he may be some sort of a mother and sister figure that pregnant.
She is somebody has.
-- -- an -- of power and is the person who is sort of his liberal left leaning.
It's hard to overestimate Valerie Jarrett role.
In in advising the president -- most advisors usually have an expertise like water policy here disarmament.
But her expertise beyond Chicago politics and real estate seems to be Barack Obama's personality and personal needs.
She has been a mentor to the president since 1991.
This in my book but not -- the New York Times article they met at London cafe in Chicago in 1991.
Both Obama's and Valerie Jarrett.
From that moment forward.
She shaped both of their careers so this is a very unusual figure in American history in -- Valerie Jarrett is that -- portable the First Lady.
And the president at the same time and -- deeply indebted to -- Every major job that Michelle Obama has held since 1991 and one way or another -- gotten or by Valerie Jarrett.
And for Barack Obama she played a key role in all of his campaign from 1991.
And so it's really hard to overestimate.
How large a role -- has brought Obama has said that he never makes an important decision without talking to her first.
-- my -- Hopefully I'll I'll have a hearing that -- -- -- -- and what is the -- yeah because -- White House people who are saying.
Eight point seven at your door.
-- Well look it's a very usual and Karl Rove who had a similar but very much more diminished role compared to Valerie Jarrett in the Bush Administration certainly didn't have a Secret Service detail.
Usually Secret -- details -- reserve.
After nine elevenths what they've had it right at 9/11.
-- temporary and not as good.
But for the most part.
Only the president and First Lady as well as retired presidents -- former president gets to get through misty and a vice president.
And of course the vice president and the second -- but they get.
But because Valerie Jarrett problems.
Honorable with the Obama and he would make sense to do that was so bad guys.
What is -- she is said to have really played a key role when it comes to this contraception mandate that is causing so much trouble for the president politically.
This this -- of -- obamacare that requires.
Cover and reproductive you know.
I'm not happy section.
And apparently didn't -- this.
Was -- you have got a little out of control.
For the president politically but salary here it was a -- steering and isn't it she's sort of his liberal conscience.
-- -- left the American mainstream.
She comes out of the African American aristocracy in -- for for generations -- Stanley has gone through these schools and done very well in the presidential.
Influential in politics.
And that as a result gives them a sort of an establishment left view and perhaps even more so Valerie Jarrett -- Scott publicly -- redistribute wealth.
-- -- -- -- Classic progressive pictures of thought bill would not be surprising that she's sort of -- -- the left.
The left side of Iraq's brain she is described by staffers by the way other half of Barack -- off the -- want to take a more moderate course.
She beat them and then suddenly changes.
To have more that -- force -- issue seems to have some direct influence but it's kind of like a black -- it's hard to measure exactly.
They said that -- where is -- called President Bush's political brain was even called Barack Obama -- political spying.
-- isn't really reminding him at all.
How he is elected dog is big things didn't -- a liberal mandate and league start hearing in the center.
Pulling back the -- in that regard.
Serving him well politically is that working well.
This president and -- -- a second term in the white.
President very well.
In two senses one because Valerie Jarrett tends to -- what other strong women.
Who would otherwise be allies of the president mean she's famously behind driving Oprah Winfrey away from the Obama White House.
And of course -- clashes with Hillary and with Susan Rice and other strong women.
In the -- senior levels of the administration have cause -- she's a wave maker.
He acts like -- chief of staff without the responsibilities of the chief of staff and this New York Times article even talk about its extraordinary.
Because New York Times sort of waited as that most of the mainstream media.
More than almost four years to take a close look at Valerie Jarrett who's really should have been more closer look that you know later on nine when her role was just emerging.
Not presidents have their clothes advisors in the league and it's making obviously it's our love and now I remember Harriet -- And -- -- -- -- thank you.