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Valerie Jarrett, the CEO of Obama Inc.: Meet the Woman Behind the Curtain
FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 03/19/2014 8:44:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind


For eight years, the media envisioned Dick Cheney as the ‘evil genius’ behind the Bush White House, but few in the media have wanted to take a long look at the ‘evil genius’ behind the Obama White House.

The populist grass roots myth died shortly after Obama was elected and while plenty of books have been written about the internal workings of the Obama campaign and administration, unlike the books written about Bush, they rarely inform mainstream media news coverage. When these books and articles come from within the media, the authors are not attacked and their work isn’t discredited, it simply gets compartmentalized into the wonksphere and away from daily news coverage.

This compartmentalization is the reason why media coverage of Obama remains largely unchanged and very little attention is paid to the non-cabinet level personalities who actually make policy. Colin Powell’s dissatisfaction with his lack of influence under Bush was widely covered, while Hillary Clinton’s was not. The Powell implosion led the media to exaggerate the role of Dick Cheney, but no one asks who really had the final say on foreign policy under Obama if Hillary Clinton didn’t.

The Obama White House is a radical departure from previous administrations. It’s a permanent campaign, not just for the obvious reason that it is constantly using the tactics of the campaign, fundraising, attacking and performing, but also because it operates like a campaign reducing the traditional forms of an administration to formalities.

Cabinet members have little influence. Decisions are made by White House staffers, many from the Center for American Progress, who are the ones running the unaccountable permanent campaign.

There is no Obama administration. There is an Obama campaign. And that campaign is part of an organization built around a single figure; Obama Inc.

Obama Inc. has more in common with the type of organization built around a celebrity like Beyonce than a conventional political organization. It can handle everything from fundraising, branding to viral marketing, but like the inner circles of top celebrities, the most influential person in the organization is the one who can soothe, pamper and cater to the celebrity’s mercurial personality.

Valerie Jarrett’s role as CEO of Obama Inc. confuses those who expect a more conventional arrangement. Jarrett is less Dick Cheney and more Colonel Parker or Helen Kushnick; a powerful enigmatic figure ruthlessly dedicated to her star whose power comes from his dependency.

Obama is the star of Obama Inc., the grinning figure who goes out on stage and cracks jokes while selling overpriced health insurance to the country. Valerie Jarrett is his manager, confidante and gatekeeper. Officially Jarrett is a senior adviser with a defined title and function, but Obama Inc. does few things officially and unofficially, Jarrett has the last word on everything.

Jarrett merges the personal and the political. Obama may chat with numerous advisers, but it’s Valerie who goes back to eat with Michelle and the family. A cabinet member is lucky to catch Obama’s attention once. Valerie Jarrett has it full time, day or night, leading to her nickname of “Night Stalker.”

If Obama skips security briefings, it’s because they, like so much of the formal infrastructure of government, are there just for show. The real briefing will come from or through Jarrett and it will be massaged into the talking points that communicate only what she wants them to.

The aggressive approach that Obama Inc. has come to be known for is all Valerie. Bill Clinton’s sharp edge was Hillary. It was Hillary who kept the grudges of Clintonworld burning while Bill tried to work with his rivals and enemies. In Obama Inc, Valerie Jarrett occupies Hillary’s role, urging greater ideological fealty to the left and uncompromising attacks on the right, while dominating Obama in a way that Hillary never dominated Bill.

Valerie Jarrett got away with too much during her time in Chicago politics to have learned caution. Where more conventional Democrats would slow down, Valerie Jarrett speeds up; a successful career of corruption and leftist politics has given her a sense of political and moral invulnerability. But that doesn’t mean that Jarrett lacks skill; like her boss, what she lacks is a sense of responsibility.

Obama is a political dilettante whose skills are entirely people skills. Valerie Jarrett’s people skills are negligible and concentrated on only one person, but unlike her boss, protégé and adopted son, she has the endurance and drive to pursue an issue indefinitely.

Barack Obama isn’t driven. Throughout his entire adult life there have been people there to open doors for him. It seemed natural for him to let Valerie Jarrett drive his political career and his administration to do the things that he lacks the attention span or the focus to do.

In exchange, his administration represents Jarrett’s ideological vision of a hard left turn for the country.

Valerie Jarrett doesn’t always get her way. She managed to talk Obama out of going after Osama three times, but eventually lost the argument. But Jarrett has made her mark on the country and the world by winning more arguments than she loses by leveraging her unprecedented level of access to chip away at him with her personal knowledge of his weaknesses; what Michelle Obama described as his “soft spots”.

Valerie Jarrett’s strength is framing political arguments in personal terms. Through her that has also become Obama’s strength. For Obama, Jarrett and the rest of the left, the political is personal. And their bond is also political and personal.

Jarrett and Obama are both Third Culture activists with a background in the Muslim world and left-wing politics, who came up the ladder through their involvement with corrupt political non-profits and equally corrupt Chicago politics. Both have dipped their toes in the narrow interests of the urban black community while having political agendas that transcended theirs on a global scale. And both have deep wells of resentment.

Obama may be married to Michelle, but he is closer to Valerie. Jarrett protects him from his job by controlling access to him. As his gatekeeper, Jarrett controls everything from dinner invites to the czars who have more power than many cabinet members. And when each meeting ends, it’s Valerie Jarrett who privately provides the final summary and makes the concluding argument to Barack Obama.

By becoming the gatekeeper to the Oval Office, Valerie Jarrett has more control over domestic and foreign policy than anyone else making her the closest thing to the president. Obama may be the public face of Obama Inc., but when the cameras dim and the teleprompters are turned off, it’s Valerie Jarrett who calls the shots.

Obama may be reading a teleprompter on stage, but Valerie Jarrett is the woman behind the curtain.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: greenfield; valeriejarrett

1 posted on 03/19/2014 8:44:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So what else is new?


2 posted on 03/19/2014 8:46:57 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It makes me wonder if...oh, I don’t know...she was killed in some sort of freak auto accident on her way home from work one night, would the whole rotten mess of the Obozo regime come crashing down?


3 posted on 03/19/2014 8:52:40 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: SeekAndFind

Valerie Jarrett is the woman behind the curtain.

4 posted on 03/19/2014 8:53:30 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A career of corruption come with a price she will have to pay at some point.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 8:59:46 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

He sounds like a kept man.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 9:03:50 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: A Navy Vet

Sounds like an appointment to the Supreme Court is in order.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 9:12:18 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: SeekAndFind

She is NEITHER an elected, nor appointed federal official, therefore, she merits NO Secret Service protection. Her position, as defined by the U.S. Constitution, is NON SEQUETOR.

Therefore, somewhere in all of America, there just might be somebody who doesn’t like her enough to ......

(You finish the statement, folks, I’ll keep quiet.)


8 posted on 03/19/2014 9:15:40 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

Finish your own statements.


9 posted on 03/19/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s another prep school pantswetter.


10 posted on 03/19/2014 9:32:56 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Rasputin in heels.


11 posted on 03/19/2014 9:47:46 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: blueunicorn6

I guarantee you it is Jarrett who is ultimately behind the IRS scandal.


12 posted on 03/19/2014 9:53:17 AM PDT by huckfillary
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To: Beagle8U

beagle8u wrote:
“Finish your own statements.”

Thank you! I will consider your response, as ‘finishing my statement’!

Obviously, you read my little statement, and your own mind reviled at what your inner patriotic American brought forth as a possible answer.

How’s that?


13 posted on 03/19/2014 9:59:40 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SeekAndFind

Could be entitled more simply as “The PuppetMaster”

Like Howdy Doody, Obama is a grinning fool with very little between the ears and cannot speak for himself save through a prompter.

Come to think if it, he even wears the same jeans as Howdy too.


14 posted on 03/19/2014 10:05:58 AM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings.)
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To: bestintxas

15 posted on 03/19/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: Terry L Smith

Consider my response to mean don’t write stupid bull$hit here that could be construed as threats against someone in government.


16 posted on 03/19/2014 10:10:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Coldwater Creek

p[ng


17 posted on 03/19/2014 10:17:49 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: SeekAndFind

PERFECT!!!!


18 posted on 03/19/2014 10:19:18 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: SeekAndFind
Evil f-ing Iranian born bitch behind the throne.

That's the nicest thing I can say.

19 posted on 03/19/2014 10:23:06 AM PDT by Marathoner (When Obama fails, freedom prevails)
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To: Terry L Smith

No such luck.


20 posted on 03/19/2014 10:34:21 AM PDT by angcat
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a really good and concise summary of the current regime.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 11:06:23 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: bestintxas

And, like Howdy Dooty, he has something stuck up his ass.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 11:06:26 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SeekAndFind
"Jarrett has made her mark on the country and the world ...by leveraging her unprecedented level of access to chip away at [Obama] with her personal knowledge of his weaknesses..."

Such as his homosexuality.

Jarrett is the writer, producer, director, set decorator, cameraman, and fluffer in the longest running political porn show in American history, the Obama Administration.

23 posted on 03/19/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Beagle8U

What you concluded, YOU concluded, alone.

I wrote no conclusion, and you read it as such.

Thank you, and have a good day :)


24 posted on 03/19/2014 12:39:08 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: angcat

Remember this .....
Writers, authors, of all sorts of story creators, have through history, put anyone they disliked in any form of any story, and ‘written them off’.

In fact, a bumpersticker says:
“Careful, or you’ll end up in in my novel.”

http://www.zazzle.com/careful_or_youll_end_up_in_my_novel_bumper_sticker-128702484617530524

or this one:

http://www.zazzle.com/writers_revenge_bumper_stickers-128221901002334649


25 posted on 03/19/2014 12:47:03 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Louis Foxwell

Ping


26 posted on 03/20/2014 5:41:33 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: huckfillary

She said their enemies would pay. It’s no secret.


27 posted on 03/23/2014 3:01:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Beagle8U

That wasn’t a threat. It was a “what if scenario”. Considering how many associated with Obama are no longer with us, seems reasonable.


28 posted on 03/23/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

If there was some way to take her out, O would be a rudderless ship


29 posted on 03/23/2014 3:06:50 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta
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