January 24th, 2010
11:29 AM ET
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White House adviser: Obama has brought 'enormous change'

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Sunday that the president has brought about 'enormous change.'
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Sunday that the president has brought about 'enormous change.'

Washington (CNN) - The White House rejected criticism Sunday that President Barack Obama has not delivered on his promise of "change" during his first year in office.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the president has brought about "enormous change."

"I think what we've seen is a dramatic difference in terms of how the United States is perceived around the world," Jarrett told NBC's "Meet the Press," on the final Sunday before the president's State of the Union address.

Obama's travels have established relationships with world leaders that "lay a foundation for keeping America safe and making us a partner around the world," she added.

Jarrett also credited the president with having "pulled back the economy from the brink of disaster."

"That's an enormous amount of change when you consider where we were a year ago right on the brink," she said. "And he's adding discipline in government to try to get control over our fiscal house. So I think that we've seen enormous change."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on the same program, countered that "if you look at the first year of this administration, we haven't made much progress." He complained about the deficit in the president's budget and the health care reform package that Republicans oppose.

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  1. Don Edmond, Esq

    Either Valerie Jarrett is smarter than every ordinary American, or she's literally dumber. Tens of millions of people are saying that Obama's hoax of change hasn't delivered. She really thinks going on some Sunday talk show and saying the equivalent of "no its not so because I say so" is going to work?

    Can we just have the 2012 Democratic primaries now so team Obama can get voted out and thrown out on their rear ends?

    January 24, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Ms. Jarrett.......

    it's so nice that we are well perceived around the world........but it does us no good if we are unemployed......

    You and your president need to stop working on what to us are low priorities.....

    Listen to the vote in Mass.......improve the economy, create jobs and stop coddling terrorists......your alternative is to lose control of the Congress in November and be packing up yourself in 2012....

    January 24, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Johnny DC

    Jarrett could not be more of a joke. To come out and stand by this administration in the face of obvious polling atrocities is either a blatant lie or a demonstration how out of touch this administration is with the citizens.

    Using the health care approach as a demonstration of bipartisanship is laughable at best. Sure, a few GOP-sponsored amendments were included, but they were infinitesimal in comparison to the super-Liberal majority of the bill, which even the public thinks is a waste of taxpayer money.

    This administration has been an epic failure.

    January 24, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Doraine Gordon

    Change has come to America! Alot of people don't see it because they are hung up on every word the GOP dishes out about failure. They said that they hoped Obama failed and now all of them are denying they want him to fail. The GOP wants Obama to fail and are unwilling to do anything to help him. I think it's terrible that we send these people to Washington to run our country and they run it into the ground. But even if the people get mad at the Dems they aren't turning to the GOP. Brown in Ma would not admit to being a Republican. But we all know he is. What does it say about someone who is ashamed of their party? PLENTY!!!!!

    January 24, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    I must agree with Valerie Jarrett that Odumwa has brought emense change to our country, just look at the election of Republican Scott Brown to the US Senate seat that was a Kennedy icon for almost a half century!

    Mr. Prez, Keep up your agenda of change and November 2010 will be a great year for ya! Except that the ranks of the unemployed will swell with your left wing wacko, socialist friends!

    January 24, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Mandemus

    If their spin is truly that head-in-the-sand, this is going to be a really bad year for democrats. Even the most loony liberal who thinks the world ends at the edge of the dailykos, can't honestly believe that Obama has done a great job.

    January 24, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. proud conservative

    He's made plenty of changes alright. Unfortunately, all for the worse!! One and done.

    January 24, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. C Spurgeon

    McConnell needs to be run out of office along with Boehner. Nothing will ever be positive in this country until they are no longer leading the No Party to no part...Gleefully celebrating the Supreme Ct ruling rgardless of what might be good for the country. Babbling idiot and I am an independent.

    January 24, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. proud mother and sister of soldiers

    Yes, Obama has brought change but not what was promised in his campaign nor change that has been beneficial for this country. We got what we deserved putting an unexperienced jr Senator with a very poor voting record in the WH. A man with his qualifications would never get consideration to run a corporation! There is a lie here about his approval overseas. I spoke to Irish, Turkish, Albanians and Germans 5 months ago who think he is a joke. The Romanians feel very betrayed by him. It is just words to convince us it is the truth!

    January 24, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Valerie Jarrett, the liberal left wing spin czar for the White House??? How can she say that with a straight face? We are going to be left with change when they are done spending our money!!

    January 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    It's no wonder things haven't changed much when all Republicans seem willing to do is bash everything without proposing any ideas of their own.

    January 24, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Doug

    If she is right, then her free trip to get the Olympics for Chicago was a rousing success. Even our former European allies would not help us even get a sporting event. Yes , changes will keep coming.

    January 24, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Dave, NE

    This lady is living in a wonderland. What is the enormous change. Is it for better or worse. We have gone back ten years. We will have to spend lot of money and change the policies drastically to return to what we were before this President took office. He has just spent tax-payers money for nothing. Now he nis thinking of tax hike. All these advisers should be sacked.

    January 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. GI Joe

    It's hard to reason with a bunch of whining babies that dig their heels in and yel NO NO NO NO NO - bring HIM down. It's not the fault of the Dems – the republicans WaNT this country to fail.

    January 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    Dems love to believe that Repubs are in bed with wall street yet they overlook that Dodd and Frank are the two largest receipients of contributions from financial companies since 1989. The unions, trial lawyers and "green companies" are major financial backers for most Democrats. The Dems have their gravy trains just like the Repubs...

    January 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Sue

    Change? It's worse than ever with this ???Bi-Partisan??? egomaniac who spends everyone else's money. He is totally AbomanaBLE to the hard working taxpayers of this country while giving away their hard earned, WORKED for $$$$.
    He should repay the people for his extrvagances and his wasteful spending on HIMSELF and his ??? useles do-nothing stooges.

    January 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Lilarose in Oregon

    Mr. King, I am not anti-Jarrett, but why do you put Obama's cheerleader on the air? We knew what she was going to say before she said it, so I switched back to the shopping channels, where I lived through the entire election except to vote by mail here in Oregon.

    I am old fashioned, but I believe we need to support our President. And we need to ACCEPT the facts that George W. Bush screwed this country up so bad, from the economy to the wars, that we may never recover.

    People don't want to believe that China is now the world's superpower. China owns half of American properties and businesses! We are so in debt to China, we may never be able to pay them back. By the time I am on my death bed, we will be the United States of China.

    THAT is what we should be worried about.

    January 24, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. william ryals

    Why doesn't anybody question Mitch Mcconnell about his proposal concerning giving a tax credit for what people spend on health insurance. Since the average ameican is in the 10 % or at most the 15% bracket the ones that would benefit most are the rich who already can afford to buy insurance. In addition nobody has asked what affect this would have on the deficit. The republicans repeately complain that the health care bill would increase the deficit so why hasn't anybody checked on the affect of this proposal. My preliminary numbers indicate that this could cost as much as 500 billion over the next ten years and not lower costs at all.

    January 24, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Sue

    WOW – Valerie Jarrett is now the Obama VOICE????? SCARY!!!!

    January 24, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Just Say No to Socialism

    If this is the change you were hoping for then more power to you. I wasnt fooled during the election and think was it happening should have been expected. Obama is a great speaker especially with the teleprompter but the show doesnt get it when he is actually in power and needs to make decisions

    January 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Jenn, Philadelphia

    So the rest of the world likes us again, good for us. Will that provide the jobs that are needed? Will that lower our taxes? No, President Obama hasn't changed anything. The idea that she could say he's "adding discipline" to our fiscal spending is laugh out loud hysterical. This from the party that practically stood on a corner selling their wares to get votes for the health reform bill.

    January 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    "Well perceived around the world?" If going around the world apologizing to everyone except the hotel doorman and in the process leaving a very distict perception of our being weak is the change we needed, we're in extremely deep trouble. Taking over 30% off the Nation's economy and striving to take over healthcare, another 17% is change we needed, then I suppose the lady is correct. Funny thing, the majority of American people don't see it that way.

    January 24, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. william ryals

    The president has tried to explain what he is trying to do but the truth is that most of america does not want to take the time to think about it. Most of the American public is slogan oriented and that is what the republicans do. They spout slogans that sound good while the democrats allow them to do so without challenge. Most of these slogans can be torn up pretty easily but if you don't attack them the general population takes them as true. The president needs to attack these slogans and name the people making them. If he is going to go down then go down fighting hard for the truth.

    January 24, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Fed up Monority

    Greddy Whie men have ruined America....Do not blame the first Black President......If anything ....he will get us out.....could that be the issue here.....Please don't let the black man save america...Sue What are you talking about........nothing!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. midniteblue

    the president should get the jobs bill done a long time ago before the health care bill, a lot of people are hurting because of losing their jobs. he is a failure..

    January 24, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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