November 9th, 2008
02:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Source: Obama wants Valerie Jarrett to replace him in Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Valerie Jarrett is one of Barack Obama's closest advisers."]
(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.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. SAGG

    old white woman in NC November 9th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

    And what will you say if Palin appoints herself to Stevens' seat when he gets kicked out the the Senate? Anybody want to rant and rave about the unfairness of that?

    Well, since you asked so nicely, okay, I'll give it a shot.

    Palin's being eaten alive. She should stay as governor and learn at home, and quite frankly, study up on politics. Seriously. It would be unfair for her to come to DC to be mocked at and nibbled on even more as a Senator. She's a political neophyte on the national stage. It would also be unfair to her large family to move them all down to DC, or even worse, leave them up in Alaska. No, she should stay at home. That rant unfair enough for you?

    November 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Pat Pa.

    Where does it say that this statement came from Obama himself ? It says " a Democratic Source ". If I have ever learned anything, when it says the info comes from " a source ", it is usually wrong. , Unless the persons name is given, don't take it as the gospel.
    Stop all this crap people. Give the man a chance. All you bigots out there, it is starting to show what your problem is.

    November 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Billiam

    Obama is well aware of who makes the finally decision on who his replacement will be. He said so several days ago, that it is the governor's call.
    So people...

    November 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. RGG

    The transition team has to purge out all the Bush stooges and neo-cons that were running the joint. They are the greedy fools that gave us the Iraq war and the economic collapse.

    November 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. hitobito

    Valerie Jarrett is exceptionally well qualified with degrees from Stanford University and University of Chicago (JD). Whether she is selected to replace Senator Obama as Senator from Illinois or serve as a Senior Advisor or in the Obama Cabinet, she is exceptional, has executive experience, legal experience and is politically savvy.

    November 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Jason Chappell

    The current governor of Illinois is so lame that he doesn't deserve to choose the replacement Senator , he needs to defer to the President of the United States.

    November 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    November 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. steve from somerset

    I saw Ms. Jarrett interviewed on Meet the Press. Her background is impressive, and she handled the questions very professionally.

    It seems appropriate that an appointed Senator should follow the philosophy of the person who had previously been elected to that seat. In any event, the voters will make the final decision in 2010.

    November 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Angry Republican

    She's smart, and she will be good for the position.

    November 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. karela

    Valerie Jarret would be a great pick and as Obama has said the final decision is up to the Governor of Illinois. But, I would think that the Governor of Illinois would like to have a good relationship with the President of the United States who happens to be from his state. Also, there's been a lot of talk about Obama's election being a positive sign for Chicago's efforts to be chosen as the site of the 2016 Olympics. I wouldn't be too surprised if the Governor finds it in his heart to accommodate Obama if Ms. Jarret really is his choice. We don't even know who said this though and we don't know if Obama has expressed an opinion. I'm quite sure that Valerie Jarret will be helping Obama in some capacity. She's very talented and skillful and she and Obama see things in a compatible way.

    November 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Bill, ca

    Yeah Hillary can't wait till Sarah Palin comes to the senate.

    That is gonna be too funny and feathers will fly hahaha.

    November 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Jean2


    November 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. observer

    Glad that Obama has some women in his team or successors.

    Looks like he has not chosen any black man/woman in his team.
    I wonder if he is actually more white than black.....?

    November 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Pam

    Blagojevich should pick Tammy Duckworth. She has a much better chance getting the downstate votes needed for re-election.

    November 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Nadine

    All you haters who are just plain hateful, Valerie Jarrett is a very smart and educated woman. Those who really just have your bibles on the shelf - God who is the creator of all mankind, have just pulled forward the very best for leadership for this country. White man, you had your turn for many years! Stop putting limitations on folks of color, God is in control because he is no longer going to allow the ugly of this nation to bound his people.

    November 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. SUE

    Whiny rethuglicans go back to the rock you crawled out from under. You need to let it go. You did not want people talking trash about Bush or McCain yet you do not hold to your own ideals. We quite frankly, don't really care what you think. Your party is not in power now, is it?

    November 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    WHAT!!!!! Seriously??? Are we just in for a series of lies now???

    Amazing, here we go again...

    November 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Bill, NY

    I think it should be Jesses Jackson Jr, he's a talented and motivated congress man and would be great for the job.

    November 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Malamutt

    Coming from the State of Illinois (well, not south of Interstate 80 we tend to get ignored) there are a lot worse choices....for example, our Govenor could appoint himself. Seriously, Blago has a statewide approval rating lower than President Bush's approval rating in Illinois. And of course the appointment will be from Chicago. Again, if you are south of Interstate 80, you might as well live in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky or Iowa because you are represented just as much there as you are in Ilinois. Hey, our wonderful gov. even leaves the governor's mansion empty because it happens to be located in Springfield and not Chicago.

    November 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Samuel

    I can't believe the McCain/Palin supporters still active.
    Bush brought in half of Texas population to the White House when he got elected.

    November 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. BM

    Get use to it all you haters. It appears that people who have it on the ball hang around with those that are winners.
    I don;t recall anyone from this campaign had to be replaced. Water seeks its level. Go figure!

    November 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. BM

    Just when I thought we didn't have to see or listen to dumb bimbo ever again, she returns!
    Hope she had learn the continents before she considers running for any office!

    November 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. YayObama

    Ummm who cares what color she is??

    November 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Rob indetroit

    She earned it , with loalty, and hard work. a great choice for the people of Chi.

    November 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. James

    Bush was known for cronyism and it seems Obama is too. Obama should have no say in his replacement, the corrupt governor of Illinois makes the decision. The more things "change" the more they stay the same.

    November 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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