President Barack Obama has surrounded himself with a team of loyalists who are more committed to supporting him than running the federal bureaucracy. Meanwhile, long-time Washington officials who have shown shreds of competence in the past are being swept aside.
In advance of the September 2012 publication of a New York Times profile about the senior adviser’s White House role, administration officials circulated talking points to defend Jarrett.
President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was removed from the president’s vicinity after he flopped during his first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney, according to Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin’s e-book.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was profiled earlier this week in the New York Times, where the heir to a Chicago real-estate fortune is described as “the single most influential person in the Obama White House.” Sources revealed she has been dubbed “the Night Stalker” by White House staffers. Jarrett’s penchant for following President Obama from the West Wing to the residence earned her the title, according to the Times.