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. Scott, Tucson

    True Valerie...just look how the obamacare plan changed the political landscape of Massachusetts last week.

    January 24, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Super Human

    Boner and Ronald McConnel made it clear to American public they wouldn't support any agenda by the President. Recall Boner's big ZERO sign BEFORE he even met w/ Obama. Ronald McConnel has been party fo no looking for WATERLOO. Enjoy your moment righties, its already over.

    January 24, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Babawonga

    When are all of you going to wake up? Obama, the Democrats, and the Republicans are all just part of the machine. They are illusionists that keep you trying to find the ball while they rake in money for themselves and their special interests. It is all just a game to keep the idiotic people hating one another because one is red and one is blue.

    The Republicans can't seem to come up with new ideas and the Democrats whine incessently about the Republicans getting in their way even though they have (had) a filibuster proof majority. Any of you that blindly support Obama or either party are idiots who get what you deserve. When you get rid of both parties things "may" change.

    January 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Brad Hulme

    I would like to know who the democrats are fighting against

    January 24, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. jeff

    I don't want to hear from Jarret who is not an elected official or McConnel as they each have a pony in the race.
    They only stick to the party line saying they are right.
    How often does a dem or rep say they are no living up to their or he publics expectations.
    Lets only hear from people who are not from either party and can give a real honest take of how each side is performing

    January 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Pat F

    All evidence to the contrary, eh?

    Or as Shakespeare said, "the lady doth protest too much, methinks."

    January 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Albo58

    Valerie Jarrett is merely a spunky cheerleader that is still cheering proudly though her team is losing 100-0 with a minute left in the game! Her "enormous change" propaganda is flaccid at best. This President has weakened us diplomatically, economically, militarily, and judicially since day one. Jarrett can continue to cheer all she wants, but this President has been an unmitigated disaster for our country!

    January 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Dan

    #1 on that list should be the stimulus package's hundreds of billion in tax rebates to American taxpayers.

    $400 per individual
    $800 per couple

    That's right, taxes under Obama are the lowest in decades. Compare today's taxes to what they were in the 60's, 70's, and 80's and Americans would have their eyes opened.

    January 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    GWB created change which created a disaster around the World and Americans can't seem to understand the reversal of that is what we are experiencing. If everything was OK change wouldn't be necessary but nobody wants to look at the whole picture.

    January 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Pat F

    "..how the United States is perceived around the world..."

    These people are like Sally Fields at the Oscars – "You like me – you really, really like me!"

    How incredibly pathetic.

    January 24, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Bipartisanship is BS. Why pretend? Dems should

    1. Get things (stimulus; health care; don't ask, don't tell, same sex marriage) done with reconciliation!
    2. Do not provide (e.g. the Unions) special treatments

    If Dems don't get things done, many will lose their jobs soon. So, why fall for fear-mongering?

    January 24, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. AJ

    Oh please. Obama has done little. His little global "adore me" tour may have increased global warm and fuzzies but accomplished little else. So far we are not better off than we were a year ago, healthcare turned out to be a disaster, and Obama has spent most of his time in office helping the rich get richer while main street suffers. I am a lifelong democrat who did not support Obama in the Presidential election and the President's performance thus far bolsters that decision. Governing is a little more difficult than "community organizing" and making pretty speeches. Experience does count.

    January 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. DAVID

    I am curious to see how long it will take for Obama and the Dems to roll out there proposal concerning Americans 401k plans.. Apparently our President and his advisors think that we should alot some of our 401k to buy U.S. treasury bonds to keep it safe from the "GREEDY" wall street bankers and investors...... Wow.... There is no chance in hell that i would buy bonds that will be worthless to support the Democrats spending habits. Keep your money in what makes money..... if you are nervous about the risk put it into the safest option and draw your 2%.... better than losing it to the govt. and aiding Obama in his re-distribution effort.....

    January 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. docwilly

    She's right. He has brought change. ALL OF IT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. File under "Sarcasm"

    The opening sentence says it all, "The White House rejected criticism". President Obama and his administration are out of touch with the majority of this country who disapprove of his policies at home and abroad. They spin Scott Brown's victory as somehow reinforcing their position. "People are mad about the last eight years so they voted for Scott Brown which is a vote for my agenda."

    In their arrogance, the only answer is that the American public is too stupid to understand how great they and their policies are. Obama and his advisors think that they just have to go out and keep explaining that they are smarter than we are, and that we need them to protect us from the multi-headed, evil dragon of big business, big banks and capitalism.

    Meanwhile Obama and the Democrats act like kids let loose in a candy store trying to gorge themselves on the gumballs that they've seen in the window and have been salivating over for years. They pass out bribes and rewards to their special interest friends who stop in and don't think twice about the cost because it's the poor shopkeeper's money not theirs that's being thrown away.

    They're all in for a rude awakening come November and I can't wait to hear how they spin that.

    January 24, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. renobill

    I suppose you could spin it this way. I think we are more respected in the world since Obama took office, but all things considered he's been a disappointment. We were expecting so much more. Possibly, given the divisions in the United States real change is impossible.

    January 24, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Dave

    She, like the rest of Obama's team, are obilvious to the real world and the real people His new relationship with the world leaders is that they found out that he is soft. The change in America is that he is a typical liberal. Talks one way and acts another. No consistency. Can't be trusted. He is a sham.

    January 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Republicans want to have it both ways: they keep parroting pundits that Obama has not done a single thing to change the country, while at the same time also parroting the same pundits' oxymoronic points that somehow Obama has completely changed everything for the worse. Which is it? You can't have it both ways!

    January 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    @splat:

    I loved your commentary referring to Abe Lincoln as a great Democrat!

    You speak volumes to the overall ignorance of most Obama liberals!

    January 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Tony T

    "1. Get things (stimulus; health care; don't ask, don't tell, same sex marriage) done with reconciliation!" Its absolutely amazing to me that the loons of the left just don't understand that reconciliation is JUST FOR BUDGET ITEMS. If the left tried the process, the right would have everything removed that has nothing to do with BUDGET. Example for the simple, no public option, no health panels to decide who gets what, no forcing insurance companies to insure people, no unconstitutional mandates for people to have health insurance. The GOP could tie up health care for months and the bill would be swiss cheese when they were done with it. Also stripped out would be the sweetheart deals and bribes in it to BUY votes.

    January 24, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. rachel

    I am tired of seeing Obama's "special" advisors like valerie, and axel rod on tv trying to explain policy that's what his cabinet should be doing. Obama tell your advisors to get off tv and let your cabinet do their jobs.

    January 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    No President is perfect as nobody can please everybody.
    But President Obama is on my top 5%.
    He has to resist to be changed by D.C. even more than the first year.
    He was elected by the majority to do what the majority asked him to do.
    Stick with his principles and apologize to nobody.

    January 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Charlie

    see, from where i'm sitting, i see a do-nothing president who borrows more and more money from china to throw at wall street, than says he's friends with main street. he has become his own punchline, a bad joke, and he has let his supporters (and former supporters) down.

    January 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    I did not vote for Obama, but I will vote for him in 2012.

    Obama – Biden for 2012!

    January 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. obama the liar

    Valerie is right about how we are percieved in the world. We went from being disliked under Bush to being the joke of the world under the failures of this community organizer.

    January 24, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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