(Update: Two Democratic sources told CNN Monday that Obama wants Jarrett to serve in the White House, not the Senate.)
(CNN) - A prominent Democratic source close to Barack Obama confirmed Sunday that Valerie Jarrett is Obama’s choice to replace him in the Senate.
Jarrett is a Chicago lawyer and one of Obama’s closest advisers. She is also one of the leaders of Obama’s transition team.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the incoming chief of staff, said Sunday that he had not seen the report from Chicago’s WLS-TV that named Jarrett as Obama’s top pick, but he praised her as a “valuable ally.”
“People should know that Valerie Jarrett is - and people do know - she is a very dear friend of the president-elect and a valuable ally of his, not only prior to running for president, in his Senate life, and just personally for Michelle and Barack,” Emanuel said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, will make the final decision on who will be Obama’s successor.
I really want Jarrett to be a head of one of his departments. Valerie was on Meet the Press this morning and I was so impressed with her!
She would also make an incredible Senator.
Based on what I've seen so far, Valerie has a successful future in politics!
For those who criticize the Republican Party for being exclusive...
It isn't surprising – nor is it "nepotism" – that Obama is a close friend of Jarrett. They're both intelligent, talented Democratic political figures from Chicago.
Of course they're friends. They work on the same team in the same city.
Who else would Obama favor for the job?
A stupid, incompetent, Republican from out-of-state?
Besides, it's ultimately the GOVERNOR's choice – not Obama's – so stop whining about this, okay?
Google Her, She has an interesting Bio.
Choose all you want the final decision is the Governor's. And for God sake for once please leave race out of this. Give the Governor some breathing space, i have every confidence he will choose the right person for the job irrespectable race,colour, religion or gender. Its here people, the time to work together to achieve one common goal, the rebuilding of America. Can you dig it
Before all the sophomoric comments begin about patronage etc ... think about two things ...
1.) On Friday, Obama clearly stated it was the Governor's decision and offered no endorsement for ANYBODY.
2.) President Obama ran a campaign with ZERO leaks. Do you honestly think that anyone that is truly INFORMED about what he thinks is talking to the press?
Obama can make whatever RECOMMENDATIONS he wants. He is fully aware that the final decision is left to the Governor. He is probably also aware that Gov. Blogojevich is more likely to pick some unqualified crony of his own. Therefore, I am glad Obama made a SUGGESTION. There are a lot of people who he is closer to that he could have supported. I guess he could have pulled a McCain and picked someone who is completely incompetent, but might make him look good to some of his supporters. At least she has the credentials. I suppose the anti-Obama people will find something wrong with everything he does, regardless of how ridiculous their claims might be. Get over it.
H, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT LIE HAS OBAMA TOLD. STOP THE HATE THE REP. ARE LOSERS LIVE WITH IT FOR THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.
OBAMA AYERS CONNECTION=FAILURE
PALIN HOCKEY MOM CONNECTION=FAILURE
GEORGE BUSH'S LAST EIGHT YEARS=FAILURE
OBAMA WRIGHT CONNECTION=FAILURE
JOE THE PLUMBER=FAILURE
LADIES AND GENTALMEN I GIVE YOU THE RETHUGLACLAN PARTY.
Bobo November 9th, 2008 3:01 pm ET
Funny so far he's picking all white people..
Not that it matters one way or the other but Valerie Jarrett is the child of two African-American parents. Her great-uncle is Vernon Jordan.
She's a very smart woman and I can only imagine that if it's true that he picked her; it's because she's up to the task.
A bunch of whining loosers. Chicago-style politics is not different than Texas-style politics or Anchorage style politics. Not one of you had anything to say when Bush selected people he wanted. Obama will rise or fall based on the quality of his judgments and the actual performance of those he brings on board. It's his right to make and suggest appointments. The "country first" crowd who are focused on being critical before anyone has a chance to prove themselves have made their agenda clear: they'd rather see President Elect Obama fail than America succeed. Sad, pathetic, but predictable. These "patriots" are nothing more than bitter partisan hacks.
Despite your comments. and had you absorbed the subject of the article, Obama could endorse Mickey Mouse if he wanted. The Governor of Illinois makes the final decision as to who will fill the empty senate seat.
This has to be the stupidest system ever.
Why should the appointment be made by the Governor. Seems to me the people should be the ones who decide.
When a vacancy comes about a special election should be called to decide who becomes the next Senator.
Sanity check on this story ... just how many leaks came out of the Obama campaign during the contest?
Don't be so sure this is what Obama thinks...
Fantastic! This woman is brilliant and as co-chair of Obama's transition team and long-time advisor, is definitely well prepared for the Senate.
Is it a coincidence that every single intelligible, knowledgeable, respectable comment posted on this thread is someone who supports Barack yet all the comments that lack substance, logic and reasoning are all people who are attempting to make irrational and thoughtless arguments against Barack? I'm sure the latter would find it to be a giant coincidence while the former smiles about it. ;-)
we voted him because we trusted him! Let give him the time to work for the benefice of our futur! Go Barack until 2016!
ok, a lot of reaction to what an 'un-named source' said. Of course Obama would be pleased if his friend, who is incidentally very qualified and close to him politically, was chosen by the Governor. That doesn't mean backhanders, payback, or any of the other dark delusions coming from some of these posters.
1. Obama has said it's the Governor's decision
2. She's obviously his friend of many many years, so of course he'd be pleased. It's not exactly news.
3. She'd be a good choice if she got it.
4. She's African-American, if light-skinned, so it's not as though the senate would be whites-only once more.
5. She's not been chosen yet. Lots of other names in there. And Blagojevich can do whatever he wants to.
Valarie Jarrett would be a wonderful Senator, she is brillant! Women of America Barack is thinking of us! What a great President this man is going to be!
Look her up on Wikipedia before you start judging her. She has all the credentials. She was born into an African American family.
all the idiots that say obama should not choose. your right. hes not choosing. infact, he said nothing about choosing his replacement.
The article clearly states that a SOURCE has said this, NOT Obama himself.
Well, there are still dozends if not hundreds of people to be chosen by president-elect Obama or his administration and you folks have nothing better to do than to put each and every choice under your personal microscope. Don`t you remember his victory speech on Tuesday? Just trust this man for another 6 months or even 12 before you start to crucify him. Are you that small minded after all?
Obama is a master of surrounding himself with the best possible, winning people. If she is his choice to succeed him in the senate than im sure she will be more than qualified and do a terrific job. Just like who he selects as his cabinet...... he will make the right decisions for this presidency and more importantly for the country.
you need to tak a chill pill....YOU ARE SO NEGATIVE....all of your blogs are so negative against Obama...if you can't say anything nice...keep your mouth shut!!! Don't nobody want to keep reading your negativity...there are other things we need to be focused on!!!
And like McCain wouldn't be vying for his croonies to take positions..(if he a won...LOL) GET OVER YOURSELF....SEEK THERAPHY...
WE ARE ON SOME NEW STUFF...POSITIVITY....CATCH UP PLEASE!!!!
cnn please post...thank you.
WH, it does not matter what color the best person for the job is. Obama is not looking at color, he is looking at who supported him and who will work better with him. Remember, many females in the black cacus supported Hillary Clinton even after they knew she had lost. Having said that, Obama will not fill all of his positions with one race. it will be mixed. His administration will represent the United States as it should be. He will have males and females of both races as well as hispanics.
Obama/Biden 08 and beyond.
I thought Obama was going to leave that choice to our Governor. I know he said that in one of his speeches, leaving decision to Gov. Blago. Replacing a race with the same race isn't a good idea when you realize that most people in politics are white. So we can replace white with white and black with black? Silly concept. How about the best person for the job?