(CNN) - President Barack Obama’s campaign strategy for the 2012 election will be very different from his 2008 approach that landed him in the White House, according to top adviser Valerie Jarrett.
As a senator in 2008, Obama was able to campaign continuously - something Jarrett said will not be the case in two years.
“Because he’s president of the United States, he’s not out there running the way he was before,” Jarrett said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The American people expect him to lead - he’s their president.”
Yet Jarrett also said Obama is concerned he isn’t getting out of Washington enough and that he feels he spent too much time inside the beltway at the start of his presidency.
“He had to spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis,” Jarrett said, referring to the state of the economy when Obama took office. “What he missed sorely was the engagement with the American people.”
Looking ahead to 2012, Jarrett said Obama shouldn’t pay too much attention to other presidential contenders.
"If he keeps America safe and he demonstrates that 24/7 that’s his priority, then I think the politics will take care of itself," she said. "I think he shouldn’t be distracted by what are perceived as threats."