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. Simmy

    Sarah plain and sad:

    Stop complaining and being negative, and rise to the idea that you can be a better person than the rest of the mourners!

    Applaud our new president for his superb judgement, and pray for his cabinet and our country!

    Look at what your group has done for the past eight years; surely you can give goodness a chance!

    Spare me your drama!

    Go Valerie!

    November 10, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Bob S S

    Hell the man has never has done anything but tell lies, after lies, and you think you are going to hear anything of substance . NO.

    Everything he has , has been given to him . So whyn worry , you got him in there an now look at your stack market 's rally , Sure going down a lot faster, an by end of month . How many more will be out of work .

    There is no way any 18 yr old will ever see good times again. Maybe if they live to be in there 70's. And one of these day's when the wind stops blowing from all the dc bunch . No lights.

    Like we say you wanted this, now you got it. Farrahkan an all the rest . GM , Going down the drain, Ford next , and the numbers is growing by the day . . Bill boy, wanted nafta. He got it . Obama wanted it an he got it. Now he is lost . Phoning on Hollywood , to peddel his wares. To no recovery. Just turn all the terrorist loose and give them thousands. Look what has happened in less than a week . What will happen before he really screw's thigs all up . Then they will say , it was the rep. They lied to get this far , so now lets see how they lie out of this. For before long the Media is going to have to start telling it the way it is.

    I say, bring back the WPA make em lazies , and Illegals work for it not the hand outs.

    And how many of you never got a check the first go round. Just the DC members., an Illegals.

    Just hope all of you DC. bunch like his new National Anthem an New Flag. 33% that voted for him never done a days work . 5% just got off the chain gang. 2.8 % were drugies , 1.7% were ILLEGALS. Good score card for all the Millions he took in .

    November 10, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. kim

    Enough about Sara Palin,

    If we stop talking about her mayb she'll away. She was not the smartest person for the job, but then again, Pres. Bush demonstrated that one dosen't require intelligence in order to hold the position. It is sad that the Republican base tried to shove her qualifications down the country's throat. The ploy was almost successful until everyone heard Mrs. Palin speak about topics she knew nothing about which demonstrated the continued arrogance of the GOP!

    November 10, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Kaci

    HIS "friends" just so happen to be some of the best and brightest this country has to offer. Or could your opposition to her be based on the same as your opposition to President-Elect Obama? Hmmmmm, could it be because they are both African-American? Maybe you should take a page from Senator McCain's book – Mr. Obama is OUR president – and provide the support that ALL Americans should. REAL Americans don't try to tear down the country with their continuous hate filled messages. I didn't place a single vote for President Bush – but he was still MY President and I prayed constantly for his guidance and wisdom leading this country. And I will do the same for President Obama.

    November 10, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Valrie Jarrett would be an excellant Senator, however, she could also be a hugh help the the Obama Presidency if she were in the white house.

    November 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. julio

    Jackson Jr looks like he has it together.

    November 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    Obama is such a uniter... lol

    November 10, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Maggie in SC

    What else is going to happen?

    November 10, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Ian Turi...
    "Conservative radio is ahead"....ROFL...

    Are you refering to the drug-addicted Rush or the dimwitted right wing tool Sean Hannity? Guys who tell you what to think yet are incapable of logical thought themselves?

    November 10, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. JAN

    Puff, Sarah and the like, you people are so divisive; hateful and irrational. Bush was never bipartisan and you never ever bleated a word. You should all realize that this the trend of divisiveness will give our enemies an opening to hurt us. The world is keenly watching us and here we are trying to attack one another and losing sight of what actually matters to us...

    Americans! My fear is that some of you are losing sight of what we chose President elect-Obama for...we have to hold ourselves accountable just we hold His Excellency Presid. Elect Obama...Anybody who thinks he is alone in this is dreaming...WAKE UP!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Maggie in SC

    Whay don't he just get Donald Duck, he can slide throught all this muck like water over a duck's tail. All this he said that and she did that is getting a little silly. whay all the publicity over all these non entities. I will be glad when the 4 years are up.

    November 10, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Maggie in SC

    Te, What else is going to happen? you are lying. Why don't you get your facts straight. I hate to think people like you exist. Allways adding to lies just to be heard.

    November 10, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Gary in VA

    Let President Elect Obama do his thing. He surrounded himself with the best qualified to get him elected he will do the same to run the government. He as any smart black man in his postion knows that he has little room for error. I am very confident in his abilities.

    November 10, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. MiMi

    I agree that Jackson Jr. would be a great pick for senate. He's very, very bright, and I believe he's from Obama's district. He shares a lot of Obama's views, is well-liked in Illinois, and is already familiar with national legislature. Don't confuse Jesse Jackson Jr. with his father.

    November 10, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. nicola ismael

    a close Obama's adverser, if she's not the only one advising him, should be a plus for him in the congress. However, Jackson is also very faithful to Obama. Nevertheless, I would opt for a democratic vote which, without hesitation would be leading to a final decision.

    November 10, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. PL

    Yes she's very bright and belong with Obama in the White House. I'll take the senate seat. I'll call Ted Stevens of Alaska and ask if he would help me and show me the ropes. Sarah can put on some of her new stolen clothes and take me and Ted to lunch.

    November 10, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. CTSadler

    She was just great on Meet the Press last Sunday. It'll be nice to have powerful women in important positions: Hillary running the Senate, Valerie Jarrett playing a huge role in the White House, Gov. Palin hosting the Price is Right...

    November 10, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. PL

    Palin is as dumb as a rock. It really goes to show the Alaskan's are idiots. It makes me sick to think that her and John McCain could had run this country for 4 years. There is a God!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. DD in PA

    I think Lisa Madigan would be a great choice for Senator. And she would also increase the representation of women in the male dominate Senate chamber.

    November 10, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. Karen

    Ms. Jarrett is very well spoken and would be an excellent choice for any position. I was certainly impressed with her on Meet the Press last Sunday.

    November 10, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. Richard

    I hope President-Elect Obama can find a place for Ms. Jarrett in his administration or in the White House. Ms. Jarrett, along with First Lady to be Michelle Obama are shining examples to all of us, especially young people of what can happen when you work hard and stay focused. God bless the new First Family and the Obama administration.

    November 10, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. ZORA

    I am against this comment.

    November 10, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  23. nicola ismael

    although not being a fan of hers, but Palin's comments make a lot of sense. How to vote for republicans after 8 years of poor records?
    By the way, Palin, although attractive to the base,she had certainly heurt the republican ticket. You can't the VP of the greatest nation on earth without any diplomacy background. She has a lot to learn in that matter.
    McCain, as a veteran well experienced in politics supposed to know better than that, namely: Politics is not gambling.
    You don't choose and pick up a vice president withim a short period of 3, 4 hours meeting. McCain did not establish the difference between speed and precipitation, too bad, too late,too!
    next time. Oh sorry! there's no next time for him. He will be 76 in 2012.
    good bye.

    November 10, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. President-elect Obama

    Valerie Jarrett – Intelligent, qualified, articulate, knowledgeable, bi-partisan approach to governing, and most of all LOYAL TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA AND MICHELLE. Someone who will not stab Barack and Michelle in the back and a long-time friend of Michelle first, and then Barack. Excellent choice!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. great move

    This is a great move. I totally believe that President-elect Obama has the ability to make the best choices for each post. May God bless him.

    November 10, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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