November 10th, 2008
07:56 PM ET
14 years ago

Sources: Jarrett headed to White House, not Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Valerie Jarrett is one of Barack Obama's closest advisers."]
(CNN) - Two Democratic sources close to President-elect Barack Obama tell CNN that top adviser Valerie Jarrett will not be appointed to replace him in the U.S. Senate.

"While he (Obama) thinks she would be a good senator, he wants her in the White House," one top Obama advisor told CNN Monday.

Over the weekend, Democratic sources had told CNN as well as Chicago television station WLS-TV that Jarrett was Obama's choice to fill his Senate seat.

Jarrett, a Chicago attorney and one of Obama’s closest advisers, is a leader of the president-elect’s transition team.

Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff, 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.

Several other Illinois Democrats have expressed interest in the seat, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will make the final decision on Obama’s successor.

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Te

    Governor Palin, after a new age Church meeting, is still insisting that the signs in the sun, the moons and the stars should be imminent.

    November 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |

    She is a very smart lady. I have seen her record.

    November 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Zee

    I guess we shouldn't believe anything until we read it.

    November 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. JNC, California

    I am overjoyed with President-Elect and Mrs. Obama! They will bring some much needed flavor to the boring white house. I noticed how President-Elect walks with confidence! I love it! Both ROCK!!!!

    November 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. peter

    Good choice president-elect (Obama) because you need to suround yourslef with the most intelligent people unlike Bush who brought all the dumbest Texans with him.

    November 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Told you so....

    And, Stevens loses in Alaska. Another Dem Senate pick-up.

    November 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. C Harris

    Valarie Jarrett is a very smart woman. Sarah Palin can't touch her or Hilary Clinton.

    November 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, we'll see, won't we?

    November 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Very good! I believe that our new President Elect knows the people he can trust and the ones he wants around him in the white house!

    Now, to address and issue from a previous article:

    Jim R: Yes, my first comment on sports events and Palin's booing was how felt at the time. Then learning that Biden was booed in the same way at the same place, my new opinion was formed! Crowds at Sports events exercise "group mentality." One person starts a boo or a cheer, and everyone else follows suit. I said I was not a sports fan!

    I must have really hit you in a really sore spot to make you go back and look up what I have said in previous article commentary! Obviously, you are a republican! Sad for you.... *LOL*

    I'm actually a very intelligent teacher! And proud of it! I deal with middle school children all day.... this forum is nothing for me! Nor you small minded games!

    November 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Il_voter

    I heard few months back Tammy Duckworth's name was mentioned for possible replacement. She will be good choice.

    November 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Annia

    Well, at least she will be more than qualified for the job. Unlike Harriette, what's her name...

    November 10, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Obama wants every one of HIS friends, doesn't matter his or her ability.

    November 10, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Ian Turi

    It's interesting that another former Clinton staffer will be in Washington come Jan. 20th. I'm really hoping the president-elect comes through with his promise of bi-partisanship... the clock is running and conservative radio is ahead.

    November 10, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    good move...

    November 10, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Puff

    Gee has anyone seen anything resembling bi-partisanship yet?

    November 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. maurice

    it`s good to see obama getting his team together. regardless of how we all voted. elections alone have a strain on the economy. add in everything else and whew! it helps take speculation out of the picture ,helps put people at ease knowing who is the president and what direction the country will be headed in. and for all you folks that think they should close gitomo i agree letting the innocent go but if you take a look back many of them prisoners stated death to america. not saying all of them are guilty but those that are deserve death along with all the sick perverted child molesters in prison along with cold blooded killers. let someone come in your house and let them kill your family and see if you still have a bleeding heart for animals.

    November 10, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Puff:

    Of the 12 economic experts Obama met with in Chicago, 7 are GOP. Perhaps we should see the list of Democrats Bush had under him, and leave Maneta out, he's a tool!

    November 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. AB

    Go Barack
    Do what you think is best for the Country
    we have complete trust and confidence in you

    God Bless America

    November 10, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. MDDem

    Stop the nonsense "he's not choosing a bi-partisan" team crap. He's announced ONE position to be filled, the rest is gossip and unverified reports. Shut up until you hear it from the source – Obama. I'm so tired of angry repubs trying to find anyway to cut on this man.

    November 10, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Savannah

    I feel that Sarah Palin was a pawn. A knowing pawn at that. And with a bad attitude, she's decided she doesn't appreciate what has happened. Had she paid attention to begin with, she wouldn't have set herself up in such a manner. But, greed will do that to a person. God Bless her and Keep her, cause I don't sure want her!!

    November 10, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Yo

    I like Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. His speech at the Democratic national convention was amazing. I hope he or Alexis Giannoulis is chosen to fill the spot.

    November 10, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Kona

    Only stupid people are questioning Obama's bipartisan efforts at this point. He's named one person folks, one! For some of you idiots (Sarah, Puff) even if he named a republican out of the gate, you'd complain that person wasn't "republican" enough for you. Just shut your pie hole please, no one interested in your whining.

    November 10, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Bird

    This woman is in so much denial. The American people did not like her.. bottom line. She was a drag to the ticket and that is all there is to say. If McCain had another in his ticket, this would have been a closer race.

    The American people were too insecure with having this uneducated woman so close to the "nucular" codes, as she likes to call them.

    Good lord.. she can't tell Africa from a country to a continent? Go read a book, lady. We can't afford ignorance in the White House.

    We already had someone we'd like to have a beer with and now we've decided it's time to have someone that actually knows what they're doing.

    Go shoot a moose or something, Palin and allow the big boys to do grown folks business. You're out of your league. If you can't handle Katie Couric, then you have no business in American politics.

    November 10, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Jayjay

    You ain't seen nothin' yet. Just wait 'til all the top jobs are filled with the Chicago machine. It'll be gangbusters all over again, only this time on a national level. A bunch of know nothings & do nothings leading a president who's never accomplished a thing.

    November 10, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. J.C.

    President-elect Obama knows whom to choose to work for him, because his choice of cabinet will help him succeed or fail. He is Kennedy kind of Democrat so he will and can work with GOP.

    November 10, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
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