Why top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett truly is ‘Obamas Rasputin’
Redacted from a brilliant 37000 word World Net Daily article that must be read in its entirety
By David Kupelian
SUPPOSE you were a committed leftist revolutionary who somehow got elected president of center-right America. Suppose you were great at making speeches, but little else. You masked your socialist agenda in the appealing rhetoric of fairness and justice, but secretly loathed the American system of constitutional government and free-market capitalism.
Suppose you also had developed into a pathological narcissist with an absurdly grandiose view of yourself and almost no tolerance for criticism and disagreement. Suppose your ego was so fragile, your worldview so distorted, your mind so angry beneath your charismatic exterior, and your self-image of being a divinely gifted leader in danger of disintegrating in the light and heat of mounting geopolitical turmoil and your own stunning failures as president.
In short, suppose you were Barack Obama.
As of 2014, a great many people that supported him say they regret their vote. America’s economy is still in shambles and its standing in the world arguably worse. The “Affordable Care Act” has been an unqualified catastrophe with millions losing health insurance and tens of millions more expected this year.
Yet Obama feigns confidence in his programs, lies as easily as breathing, and always seems to be playing golf, vacationing or fund raising. He admits he is lazy. He openly boasts about legislating from the Oval Office, refusing to work with Congress as the Constitution requires. Indeed, he doesn’t even like people, as former aide Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the highly influential progressive Center for American Progress, shockingly revealed. “The truth is,” Tanden said of the increasingly insular president, “Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. Its stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people.”
So here’s the question: If you were Obama, how would you be able to continue to lead the country leftward in the face of overwhelming and undeniable evidence it is absolutely the wrong direction?
First of all, you’d need a fierce personal protector from all criticism, as well as a skilled enabler constantly re-assuring and comforting your gigantic but fragile ego not to mention a consigliere whose counsel you unreservedly trusted and followed. Meet Valerie Jarrett, who savvy Beltway insiders regard as the most powerful woman in Washington And yet, most White Americans have never even heard of her, let alone know who she is or what she does
THE DEFACTO PRESIDENT
For someone widely considered the most powerful adviser in the White House, a person the former editor-in-chief of the News York Times Magazine describes as “in many ways the de facto president,” Jarrett is virtually invisible.
… Jarrett pushed Obama to ignore the advice of more moderate advisers like Rahm Emanuel and instead to destroy the greatest health care system in world history. For it was she who convinced Obama to “go for broke” with Obamacare, which ultimately was forced down the throats of an unwilling American public and Congress, using bribery, parliamentary tricks and every conceivable tactic, including some of the most infamous political lies
(“You can keep your plan/doctor”) in history.
Jarrett has been responsible for bringing the most bizarre of presidential advisers to the Obama White House, including:
• “Green jobs czar” Van Jones, who has described himself as a “rowdy black nationalist” and radical “communist,” having founded the communist group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. One day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Jones led a vigil expressing solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans and those he called victims of “U.S.Imperialism” around the world.
• Federal Communications Commission “chief diversity officer” Mark Lloyd, who once advocated having “white people” step down from positions of power to make room for “more people of color [and] gays,”
• Cass Sunstein, the powerful White House “regulatory czar” who has advocated that US taxpayers’ wealth be redistributed to poorer nations and that government infiltrate chat rooms and social network sites to clandestinely undermine citizens’ belief in what he considers “conspiracy theories” — including the belief that global warming is a deliberate fraud.
Journalist-author Richard Miniter, in his book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him” provides a revealing window into the inner sanctum of the current White House and Jarrett’s role there. The president himself says he talks to Jarrett several times a day, and that he rarely makes a major decision without consulting her.
One of the things that make Jarrett unique in presidential history is that she is also the first lady’s mentor. Indeed, she has guided the careers and lives of both Obamas for twenty years. She was in the room when Obama decided to run for president. Jarrett’s White House role is unprecedented. She meets privately with the president at least twice a day with no one else present. Her influence is enormous and wide-ranging. She wields informal power, like a first lady; scheduling power, like a chief of staff; and power over policy, like a special envoy.
Jarrett’s radicalism has caused major eruptions with top White House personnel. As National Review Online reporter, Andrew Stiles has pointed out, “Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who clashed often with Jarrett, likened her and senior aide Peter Rouse to Saddam Hussein’s maniacal sons, Uday and Qusay.”
Jarrett’s personal friendship with the president and first lady dates back more than two decades, before the couple was married, and before Barack Obama launched his political career in Chicago. The president has said he views her “like a sibling” and trusts her “completely.”
Edward Klein, who previously served as foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, wrote a critical book about the 44th president, titled “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” paints a disturbing portrait of a president utterly dependent on his Rasputin-like adviser, Valerie Jarrett. Klein quotes a longtime Jarrett friend: “She functions as the eyes, ears, and nose of the president and first lady.”
Jarrett is a classic limousine Liberal who believes that Obama was elected president to engineer social change.
… How good is Jarrett’s advice? She approved the $535 million taxpayer-funded loan guarantee to Solyndra, the California solar company that went belly up. Klein writes that Jarrett had “close ties to the George Kaiser Family Foundation, which controlled 35.7 percent of Solyndra.” And it was Jarrett that pushed Obama to personally travel to Copenhagen in an attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago, only to come home rebuffed, empty handed and humiliated.
Much of Jarrett’s extraordinary influence explains Klein, “stems from the fact that Jarrett is the president’s trusted watchdog.” She protects the vainglorious and thin-skinned Obama from critics and complainers who will deflate his ego. No one gets past Jarrett and sees the president if they have a grievance, or a chip on their shoulder or even an incompatible point of view.
… Historians will no doubt look back and ask how it’s possible that the 44th US president, Barack Hussein Obama, could possibly have been so disastrously out of touch with reality, so wrongheaded in his decisions never course-correcting in any meaningful way despite staggering evidence at every juncture? With the clarity and objectivity that comes with the passage of time they will surely conclude a great deal of credit goes to Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Rasputin, for enabling the president to stay the course — a course she herself was instrumental setting for him decades earlier.
David Kupelian is an award-winning American journalist vice president and managing editor of World Net Daily and editor of Whistleblower magazine. A widely read online columnist, he is also the bestselling author of “The Marketing of Evil” and “How Evil Works”