Valerie Jarrett, the senior adviser whose exact responsibilities in the Obama administration remain unclear, used the term “we” instead of the President’s name in a speech on Saturday, leading some to speculate that Jarrett’s role in White House decision-making is larger than advertised.
“We will be prepared,” the White House senior adviser said of the pending Supreme Court ruling on the health care law, at the National Association of Black Journalists convention here. “We want to give the Supreme Court the room to make their decision.”
Jarrett did, though, preview a line of argument that could be used by Obama aides to counter political backlash if much of the law is overturned. “We have done a lot more than just the Affordable Care Act, it’s sucked up so much of the oxygen in the press.”
Jarrett also referred to the Attorney General simply as “Eric.”