Who is Valerie Jarrett? Who are her parents and where did they work? Where did her family come from? Where did she grow up? What schools did she attend? What organizations has she been active in?
Are her parents really longtime friends with Bill Ayers parents?
Lots of questions to ask and consider …
FRANKLY, I don’t know if any of this is true or accurate. But the questions should be asked, and answered.
However, the next two links are from one of Bill Ayers’ books and the New York Times:
Bill Ayers wrote in his book, “A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court” this: (link here, parenthetical description added).
Just south I see the Robert Taylor Homes (grandparents of Valerie Jarrett), named for the first head of the Chicago Housing Authority whose daughter (the mother of Valerie Jarrett), a neighbor and a friend, is president of the Erikson Institute.
The New York Times Magazine noted in an article on July 21, 2009 this:
Perhaps proving that nothing succeeds like failure, my plaintive queries were unexpectedly rewarded one afternoon by a telephone call from the president himself. “Well, Valerie is one of my oldest friends,” Obama began. “Over time, I think our relationship evolved to the point where she’s like a sibling to me. . . . I trust her completely.”
Before long, his monologue slid into banality. Jarrett served “as my eyes and ears,” a “sounding board” and was ever helpful with “midcourse corrections.” When Obama was done, I pressed him for clarity. What was unique about their relationship as to make a Valerie Jarrett indispensable to the president of the United States? Surely, I said, it wasn’t simply the longevity of their friendship.
“No, as I said, she’s someone I trust completely,” Obama replied. “She is family.” Then he hesitated, appraising his own sentiment. “She’s family — she combines the closeness of a family member with the savvy and objectivity of a professional businesswoman and public-policy expert. And that’s a rare combination to have. You know,” he went on to say, “there are other friends of mine who are close to me but who don’t really understand the nature of my work. There are others who are extraordinary experts in policy and politics but don’t have that track record with me.”
Obama then explained what that combination of kinship and competence meant to him. As his surrogate, Jarrett is trusted “to speak for me, particularly when we’re dealing with delicate issues.” At the same time, he could rely on her “to monitor the dynamics inside the White House. She’s got a very good antenna about the disgruntled young staffer or tensions between a couple of principals.” (He declined to be more specific, saying, “Where she serves most ably involves issues that can be sensitive. . . . So I’m not sure I’ve got the killer anecdote.”)