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The Other Power in the West Wing [Getting answers about Benghazi]
The New York Times ^ | 9/1/2012 | JO BECKER

Posted on 10/27/2012 11:19:52 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen

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“She’s there to try to promote what she understands to be what the president wants,” the former aide said. “Ultimately the president makes his own decisions. The question that is hard to get inside of, the black box, is whether she is really influencing him or merely executing decisions he’s made. That’s like asking, ‘Is the light on in the refrigerator when the door is closed?’ ”

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When the billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett showed up for a private lunch with the president last July, the table was set for three.

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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.

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She is the only staff member who regularly follows the president home from the West Wing to the residence, a practice that has earned her the nickname “the Night Stalker.” By day, Mr. Obama is “Mr. President” to her, but in social settings, he is just “Barack.” When the Obamas take an out-of-town break, she often goes along.

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A case in point is her full-time Secret Service detail. The White House refuses to disclose the number of agents or their cost, citing security concerns. But the appearance so worried some aides that two were dispatched to urge her to give the detail up.

She listened politely, one said, but the agents stayed.

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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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; jarrett; jarrettbio; mepi; obama; valeriejarrett
This story from 9/1/2012 reiterates the well-known anecdotal evidence of Jarrett's seemingly overpowering influence in the WH that IMHO bears a second look...

Jarrett's role goes beyond merely exceeding tradition of POTUS advisor roles: there appears to be literally no limit to the latitude in her role. She appears to be, in essence, telling POTUS every move to make.

She can speak with him on a routine basis privately out of the office when only POTUS and possibly FLOTUS are present; I doubt an advisor ever had such privacy on such a contining, 24x7 basis with any POTUS.

Her role, according to the story, would appear to be actually designed so that POTUS is rarely, if ever, without her should significant events unfold, leading to the question: would POTUS handle a difficult situation if Jarrett was not available to him ?

With this arrangement, POTUS does not need to make a single significant decision, just keep up with Jarrett's advice - which has every appearance of being more like instructions - and understand enough to know what to say in front of others or in public. One can not help but recall that the development of Obamacare was entirely performed by Congressional staff and lobbyists; in order for POTUS to achieve that "accomplishment", he did not need to actually know or do anything, other than speak in the vaguest generalities and sign his name.

The role described for Jarrett in this story would explain why she is at perhaps every significant meeting POTUS attends; she can then function virtually as a de facto POTUS without relying on POTUS recounting to her what was said at meetings that Jarrett does not attend. The story seems to indicate that Jarrett simply attends every significant meeting, even if it's lunch with a single individual.

Jarrett's personal Secret Service detail is very concerning in terms of this commentary.

Her insistence on it could suggest that there is extreme concern that if something were to happen to Jarrett, POTUS would perhaps not be able to function acceptably without her.

Alternatively, it possibly could indicate that Jarrett represents a unique channel of communication between POTUS and an external party or parties.

In her "gatekeeper" role, Jarrett represents a unique person that is a 100% access filter to POTUS. This of course represents a unique locus of power and possibly a completely opaque channel of communication.

With how much time off POTUS has had, and how light his workload appears to be, Jarrett's role, for all intents and purposes appears to be essentially that of POTUS.

It would be interesting to hear testimony from both POTUS and Jarrett regarding why POTUS ordered the stand down in Benghazi.

1 posted on 10/27/2012 11:20:02 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen
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To: PieterCasparzen

bttt


2 posted on 10/27/2012 11:23:10 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: PieterCasparzen

I’m sure she is pro Israel right?


3 posted on 10/27/2012 11:36:09 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: PieterCasparzen

So the question is was it Jarrett who gave the stand down order?????


4 posted on 10/27/2012 11:41:30 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: PieterCasparzen
So who's a clever boy then...?


5 posted on 10/27/2012 11:51:10 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Rasputin


6 posted on 10/27/2012 11:52:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Soebarkah Soetoro)
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To: Nifster

It would appear that this would have been Obama’s first original idea since January of 2009 if Jarrett did not provide him with the answer to the question as always.

You know, with a little subtle blink and nod of yes, or in this case, a tiny subtle shake of the head for no while no one else was looking.

I’m sure everyone’s used to kind of not looking at them so they don’t see the exchange.

It’s got to be like an old married couple at this point: you know, you just kind of know what they’re thinking with very subtle communication.


7 posted on 10/27/2012 11:54:33 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

In heels...


8 posted on 10/27/2012 11:55:34 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Nifster
That was my first conclusion... It was reported that it was Ms. Jarrett that veto’d the Osama raid 6 times prior to allowing Seal Team ^ to do it's mission... NO ONE ELSE in the administration has that type of clout...
9 posted on 10/27/2012 11:57:30 PM PDT by ThomasPaine2000 (Peace without freedom is tyranny.)
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To: TomasUSMC

George only likes Israeli commies.


10 posted on 10/27/2012 11:58:31 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: ThomasPaine2000

George was very clear, do not do it unless you absolutely have to. Try every way you can to make it not happen.

If you must, go on TV right away and announce it. As soon as possible, don’t wait.

That will lessen the damage to “our friends”.

I’ll square it with them if you have to do it.

Use the usual code wording in your speech.


11 posted on 10/28/2012 12:02:00 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Fred Nerks

That’s a perfect caption.


12 posted on 10/28/2012 12:07:03 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Uh, oh, she might be the true leader of the free world: she’s the one who inputs speeches in Obama’s teleprompter!!!!


13 posted on 10/28/2012 12:10:09 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Fred Nerks

This is effed up on sooooo many levels...


14 posted on 10/28/2012 12:20:32 AM PDT by onona (If it is to be, it begins with me.)
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To: winner3000

She’s got a team of dozens that work for her that I’d assume do all the typing.

She appears to just be the messenger.

Or maybe that wooden thing that the puppetmaster controls the puppet with ?

Obama is Kramer and George is Morty Seinfeld.


15 posted on 10/28/2012 12:28:03 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

I have never really liked Rice; but I am not sure that she would advise the likes of Jarrett on foreign policy. As for Soros I thought I read somewhere Soros was told to stand down by others which could have originally come from Jarrett. which I doubt he is doing. He is more likely going underground because the fire is getting to hot for him. He will get caught sooner or later.


16 posted on 10/28/2012 12:56:49 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: PieterCasparzen

I have never really liked Rice; but I am not sure that she would advise the likes of Jarrett on foreign policy. As for Soros I thought I read somewhere Soros was told to stand down by others which could have originally come from Jarrett. which I doubt he is doing. He is more likely going underground because the fire is getting to hot for him. He will get caught sooner or later.


17 posted on 10/28/2012 12:56:56 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Jarrett is Obama’s puppet master: he thinks he is in charge and she lets him think it.


18 posted on 10/28/2012 1:12:06 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: onona

Here’s a line from that article that disturbs me; Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice occasionally uses Ms. Jarrett, with whom she has become friendly, as an informal back channel to pass along foreign policy views, officials said.

I wondered as I listened to Condi on Greta’s show why she was going so soft on Obama and Benghazi. She sounded like she was in his corner. Now, I think this explains things. I’ll bet Condi voted for him as well, and probably will this election year. She was very secretive about it when asked, which led me to believe she is as much a back-stabber as Colin Powell, just more secretive about it.


19 posted on 10/28/2012 1:30:14 AM PDT by Catsrus (Ma)
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To: freekitty; Catsrus

Another post on who’s who in the Libyan revolution.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2951258/posts


20 posted on 10/28/2012 1:39:50 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Gee, wan’t it 18 months ago we knew this (from the person whose name shall not be named “U*******n” - shhh!)


21 posted on 10/28/2012 3:03:13 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Fred Nerks

You're right. Valerie fills the Mommy space.

22 posted on 10/28/2012 4:45:35 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

She has a staff of three dozen? That’s absurd. I’m guessing she has a whole brigade of secret service agents too. After the election ( and Romney’s win) I think she may have more trouble than even Obama losing all that power and prestige. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama issues an executive order extending her secret service protection after they leave the White House.

While Obama may have been present, I totally believe that it was Jarrett who made the decision to not send any assistance to our people in Benghazi.


23 posted on 10/28/2012 4:48:19 AM PDT by tegan48
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To: Catsrus

I never liked Rice. I don’t like rice and lamb.


24 posted on 10/28/2012 6:00:10 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: PieterCasparzen
"She serves as the front door to the donors who helped elect the president, reviewing guest lists to White House parties"

Did she know, in advance, about that couple who "crashed" the state dinner (I think it was a state dinner) that was held in tents outside the WH. I think their name is like "Saleri".

It was somewhat of a deal because it showed a lack of security for the POTUS when just anyone could crash a party where the POTUS, and maybe also the VPOTUS, were gathered - both of them being even worse, I guess.

25 posted on 10/28/2012 8:39:37 AM PDT by hummingbird (Obama campaigns right in our faces. Doesn't bother him at all-it bothers me.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

O’Bama’s mamma worked for Valerie Jarrett’s father and now Barry works for her.


26 posted on 10/28/2012 9:55:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

How you fit Stanley Ann Dunham, who was born in 1942 into that story, beats me:

KEYWIKI -

Valerie Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents, James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. She spent the first five years of her life in Iran before her family moved to London. Following a year in London, the family moved to Chicago’s elite neighborhood, Hyde Park.

In 1983 she married Dr. William Robert Jarrett, son of famed Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. They were divorced in 1988 and William Jarrett died in 1993.

The Jarretts and the Bowmans were family friends.

Vernon Jarrett was a one time political associate of Communist Party USA activist and Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

Valerie Jarrett is the great niece of prominent Democratic Party leftist Vernon Jordan.

Her maternal grandfather was Robert Taylor, the first black chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority.

http://keywiki.org/index.php/Valerie_B._Jarrett


27 posted on 10/28/2012 12:41:09 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: Fred Nerks

2 points Boss

1. within 8 hours or less a you tube is gonna shake foundations about Frank Marshall and besides other places it will show up here

2. Libya.......the story is about to nuke nationwide within 24 to 36 hours..


28 posted on 10/28/2012 12:47:41 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: advertising guy

OK, you got my attention. Another FMD revelation? So who is he the father of this time? Are there still people who get their kicks from calling Stanley Ann Dunham a whore and a skank? A girl just out of high school supposedly in the few months that she was allegedly in Hawaii, developes a taste for black men, one 35 years older than she was, and older than her father? And in that short time, she poses for a collection of nude images which circulate in numerous magazines? While at the same time attending university on Hawaii. She’s described as a high achiever in high school and within three months she’s not only having relations with an old black man but she’s pregnant and married to a married student from Kenya - that’s got to be the most high speed transformation I have ever heard of.
(Considering that no one in Hawaii, other than Neil Abercrombie says they ever set eyes on her.)

And if Libya goes nationwide before the election I’ll eat my hat. But ping me, I’m all ears. Thanks in advance.


29 posted on 10/28/2012 1:26:16 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: Fred Nerks

I ain’t one who pushed on of those theories...not one....

but Barack Sr......ain’t

and bet your all ears posture...Bengazi WILL explode in 12 to 24 hours

gun runnin w/ docs and also to al queida. with docs

and the myth this is or will be O vs Hill is BS

everyone of of em is joined at the strap-on and willingly


30 posted on 10/28/2012 1:43:30 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: advertising guy
What we need is a great unravelling, all we seem to have is lots and lots of strings...see my previous comment:

Vernon Jarrett was a one time political associate of Communist Party USA activist and Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

And they all lived in Hyde Park, including David Axelrod, whose wife was on a committee with Mrs Charles T Payne, who is the sister-in-law of Madelyn Dunham.

Charles T Payne was the deputy director of the University of Chicago Library, at which university zero was a lecturer.

A nest of vipers. And now, Bengahzi.

31 posted on 10/28/2012 2:08:48 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: advertising guy

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2951507/posts?page=33#33

VIDEO: McCain: Obama Benghazi handling a cover-up or incompetence (CBS Face the Nation)
CBS Face the Nation/Bob Schieffer ^ | 10/28/12 | John McCain/Bob Schieffer


32 posted on 10/28/2012 2:21:18 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: advertising guy
Prepare for whoopass (an inside view)
33 posted on 10/28/2012 2:33:58 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Boss...I’m there with ya...I’ve read every word you have sourced and typed. Every word. I’m the type of freeper who DOES NOT enter at post 132 and ax a question already ax’d and answered on post 87....I read every word,every post, every thread.

Oh course I speed read the recipes and hey howdys but devour every bite of meat....Every time.


34 posted on 10/28/2012 3:17:43 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: Fred Nerks

Stanley Ann Dunham used to work for Valerie Jarrets father Vernon Jordan.


35 posted on 10/28/2012 3:38:38 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Weekly Featured Profile
Valerie Jarrett currently works as a senior advisor to U.S. president Barack Obama and has been referred to as “the other side of Obama’s brain.” Born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents, Jarrett spent the first five years of her life there before her family moved to London. Jarrett comes from a family of highly influential leftists. In 1983 she married Dr. William Robert Jarrett, son of famed Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. Vernon Jarrett was a one time political associate of Communist Party USA activist and Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis. Jarrett is the great niece of prominent Democratic Party leftist Vernon Jordan and her maternal grandfather was Robert Taylor, the first black chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority. Jarrett is a personal friend of Marilyn Katz who worked with Students for a Democratic Society, the 1960s group that banded radical left youth and students together under the New Left movement.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Jarrett went to work for Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Democratic Socialists of America-supported Harold Washington. After Washington’s death in 1987, she stayed on under his successor, Richard Daley. In City Hall, she and her colleague Susan Sher recruited Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama, and Jarrett quickly melded her way into their lives. In 2004 Jarrett served as Finance Chair for Obama’s 2004 run for the U.S. Senate. In September 2008, Chicago based socialist journal In These Times contributing editor Laura Washington suggested Valerie Jarrett for Urban Development Secretary based on her work as CEO of the Habitat Co. - “a clout-heavy Chicago real estate firm” - and the court-appointed overseer of the city’s massive plan to transform its notoriously decrepit public housing developments. Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. (more...)

http://keywiki.org/index.php/Main_Page


36 posted on 10/28/2012 3:59:49 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: advertising guy

Nice reply, thanks. I call it as I see it, ain’t got no proof, just common sense. Don’t forget to ping me. I wanna be there when the dam breaks.


37 posted on 10/28/2012 4:03:03 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Stanley Ann Dunham used to work for Valerie Jarrets father Vernon Jordan.

From keywiki:

Jarrett is the great niece of prominent Democratic Party leftist Vernon Jordan

now tell me, just when did Stanley Ann Dunham work for the great uncle of Valerie Jarrett?

38 posted on 10/28/2012 4:12:55 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum...)
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To: Fred Nerks; advertising guy

There’s so much going on, and I have so little time (time seems to have been doing something strange lately; getting compressed or something) - I figured finally the best way to find out stuff aside from “latest articles”.

Look up both your names and a couple more and read your comments and see what threads you’re on.

(best to both of you...)


39 posted on 10/28/2012 8:10:44 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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