November 14th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Jarrett officially accepts White House post

(CNN) - Valerie Jarrett tells CNN contributor Roland Martin that President-elect Barack Obama offered and she accepted a position in the Obama administration – she will be the Senior Adviser to the President and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison.

The offer was made Friday but will be announced Saturday by the transition office, Jarrett told Martin. Jarrett is currently co-chair of Mr. Obama’s transition team and was senior adviser for his Presidential campaign.

Filed under: Obama transition • Valerie Jarrett
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Smart move with smart people!!!

    November 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Susan Pottstown, Pa

    Good for her! I'm sure she'll do a splendid job.

    November 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Finally!


    November 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |

    Can't wait for January 20th!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is stacking the deck with insiders. Do these people have any world view or are they just Obama promoters and defenders?

    November 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Daryl from Seattle

    President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton or Richardson, Secretary of Defense Kerry, Head of Homeland Security McCain(??), and Education Czar Powell..... I LOVE THIS GUY!!!

    November 14, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. New England Yankee

    to No Hilary=No Obama-SHUT UP!! You had 8 years, now it's our turn. If we don't do the job, we're out!

    November 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Cynthia; Bham

    I think it is great that he is also surrounding himself with some people that he can trust.

    November 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. OBAMA 4 President

    I would have liked her in the Senate instead of the Jackson kid who really belongs in the house.

    Jarrett is more polished, more calm, and loyal.

    SHe would have been a strong voice for Barack in the senate, I'm not sure Jackson will be because he doesn't really have any strong convictions, he just wants the limelight.

    November 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Great; she is absolutely tops!

    November 14, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Helen

    Does anyone have Gen Powell number on hand. President -elect Obama has an opening I believe he would be a good fit for.

    November 14, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Gia in Los Angeles

    She's another smart pick in a line of smart picks and offers/considerations. To those who say "Where's the change?" because Obama is picking and considering a lot of heavy hitters who have been around politics for a while, he's picking people who know the landscape and the WAY he uses them is how he will accomplish change. It's also smart, because people who don't think he has enough experience to be President can see that he's picking a lot of people who have a lot of experience, and those people will be calmed down by his picks of wise and experienced people who can accomplish change because they are knowledgeable of how things work and of what needs to be changed and how to change it.

    November 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. no party affiliation

    Very interesting. Remember where she was born, people...not in the USA. Can you say Syria?

    November 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    There was news earlier this week that she was favored by Obama to replace him in the Senate. I guess all the speculations by the media are totally unfounded. This is like a game of Chess that Obama is playing. Nobody knows his next move. I hope everybody in the media stop the guessing game and enjoy the flow. Oh, well, that's their job.

    November 14, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Dan, FL

    Another liberal is being appointed. We know that the country to going in the wrong direction. Is this the change we need?

    November 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. J. Orfield

    Regarding the "she was born in Syria" comment: people should really get their facts straight.

    "Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, where her father, Dr. James Bowman, ran a hospital for children as part of a program that sent American doctors and agricultural experts to developing countries to help jump-start their health and farming efforts. At age 5, the family moved to London for one year, then returned to Chicago in 1963."

    This "she was born outside of the USA" tactic just doesn't work in the post-Bush era. People will no longer be governed by fear.

    November 14, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. chuck

    Valerie Jarrett is as cool as cucumber and fits the post.Congrats valerie.

    November 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Angie-OHIO

    President Obama, you are one smart man. Surrounding yourself with smart people you can trust. Welcome aboard Valarie.

    November 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    Obama is stacking the deck with intelligent people he can trust! I think he will do just fine... thank you very much... making his own choices. And I sincerely hope that McCAIN is NOT one of them!

    November 14, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. bottom line

    For those of you who conveniently point out that Valerie Jarrett was not born in the USA. Like its an issue, heres your buffer: John Mccain was not born in the USA either (He was born in Panama Canal Region)... How do you like those apples...?

    Solid choice on the part of Obama... Keep up the good work!

    November 14, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    "No Hillary" and "Dan, FL"--there is a website called Fox News where you can hang out with people as delusional as you.

    You complain that he is hiring "insiders"–experienced people. If he hired neophytes, you would complain about that. Why do you hang out here and spew? Want an intelligent discussion? How about giving us some FACTS as to why these choice are wrong?

    November 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Richard

    What a great appointment. Ms. Jarrett will bring more steadyness to the Obama administration. What a breathe of fresh air to experience such wisdom in our President-elect! Go Obama/Biden.

    November 14, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |

    go obama2008 and 2012 you can get it together for us

    November 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. Lizz

    Obama is really a smart leader who knows how to utilize the smart people around him. He has made and confirmed good pick.

    But Sec. of State (important position) is not finalised....
    Some names has been thrown around such as Clinton, Richardson or even Mc Cain....

    I suppose what supporters or non-supporters can contribute to comment on the suitability of these options to help Prez Obama to made the wise choice.

    November 14, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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