IKY: All of this is "old news." The President's connection to these people and organizations has been disregarded by the true believers and ignored by the "mainstream media" as irrelevant (or just events in Obama's "misspent youth").
The answer to your question is:
Valerie Jarrett is one of the President's closest advisors who has ties to both he and Mrs. Obama from back in their days in Chicago. The best indication of just HOW close Ms. Jarrett is to the President can be seen in this anecdote from our friends at wikipedia.com:
"In 1991, as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Daley, (Ms. Jarrett) interviewed Michelle Robinson for an opening in the mayor’s office, and offered her the job immediately. Michelle Robinson asked for time to think and also asked Jarrett to meet her fiancé, Barack Obama. The three ended up meeting for dinner. After the dinner, Michelle took the job with the mayor's office, and Valerie Jarrett reportedly took the couple under her wing and “introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own,” and taking Michelle with her when she left the mayor's office to head Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development."
And the rest as they say "is history."
I know this is old news but I posted this mainly because of the paragraph below.
Who is this person to whom Jarrett is so indebted – and who, we shall see, she calls a personal friend? Marilyn Katz provided “security” for Students for a Democratic Society at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Undercover Chicago policeman William Frapolly told prosecutors that during the Days of Rage, Katz showed protesters a new weapon to use against the police: “a cluster of nails that were sharpened at both ends, and they were fastened in the center.” Police later reported being hit by golf balls with nails through them, as well as excrement. Years later, Katz would insist her “guerrilla nails” were merely “a defensive weapon” to prevent “possible bad behavior by the police.”
President Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before saying yes, because he got cold feet about the possible political harm to himself if the mission failed. Instead of listening to advisors from the U.S. military, Defense, or even State, Obama was acting on the advice of White House politico and close friend Valerie Jarrett. Valerie Jarrett?
This account comes from Richard Miniter's upcoming book Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors who Decide for Him. Miniter has written a half-dozen books on the war on terror. He is relying on an unnamed source within the U.S. military Joint Special Operations Command who was directly involved in the operation and planning of the Osama bin Laden kill mission.
Is the story credible? According to Edward Klein, a reporter once asked Obama if he ran every decision by Jarrett. Obama answered, "Yep. Absolutely."
Iknowyou I'm glad that you have posted this.
sebekm this might be old news but lets not disregard the importance of a discussion right here on this site.
Don't just post a connection which supports your contention.
Lets actually do some intelligent discussion of the issue.
Obama is on a mission to destroy this country.
She is one of those who is and apperently she is the main one facilitating his efforts.
The grid locked Congress as others have pointed out is simply speeding the process.
We on this site both left and right are so bitterly engaged in "one uping" one another that we fail to probe, learn and inform.
That is what your responce above tells me about you.
Granted you have great skill at researching things on this medium.
Tell me what you think.
Sorry to say but Murrelet might have you pegged.
We are all different, we all think differently.
Slow down and lets thouroughly discuss these matters.
Don't flood this site with things which others have posted on the internet.
I'm not disregarding anything. And your comment above wanders all over the place - making it difficult to "have you pegged" for a response - but MY point was this:
*All of this stuff, to include the President's indirect "connections to SDS" (which btw includes the Weather Underground) has been political fodder for the past four years. None of it makes any difference to Obama's supporters. Plus - his opponents have exploited it to the max - especially in 2008 - with little if any result. He soundly whipped John McCain in the general election, especially in electoral votes, with all of this stuff already on the street. Back then, "hopey-changey" trumped all. Nothing else really mattered.
*The title of this blog is "Who is Valerie Jarrett." My reply answered the question. We aren't voting for Jarrett, but it is important to understand her connection to the Obamas. If you check the background of the President's closest advisors, most of them share the experiences and the network connections that he has. So it's not especially surprising who she has come into contact with during her life.
*It is fairly well documented that the President - in his younger days - was a illegal drug abuser (and probably an illegal drug seller) whose personal relationships included some people and organizations that "mainstream America" would probably label as "nefarious." BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERED IN 2008, AND NONE OF IT REALLY MATTERS NOW. This president will experience reelection or defeat on November 6th based on his record and the relative strength of his supporters and the opposition on the issues of the day. The economy is #1. Foreign policy is creeping up the list. Nothing else - especially "ancient history" like his background or that of his supporters - really matters. Jarrett could go public and say she was a card-carrying Communist back in the 1970s and I would venture to say most of the country would say WHO CARES.
My bottom line: A debate at this point about the President's "past life" and personal relationships - or that of his advisors - is irrelevant.
That's what I meant by "old news."
IKY - as to Obama and the bin Laden operation: the decision-making process in government is like making sausage, even at the highest levels. Regardless of how he got there, President Obama pulled the trigger on the decision. To fault him on how many times he changed his mind or which advisors he listened to misses the point, and unfairly criticizes a military action which by all accounts was a good thing for this country.
Some people won't give Obama credit for ANYTHING, just as some people won't give Dubya credit for anything. I refuse to belong to that ilk. The President gets high marks from me for the Obama operation - no matter how much credit he tries to take for it himself; no matter how many books are written which try to add or detract.
...Yep - I did it - big-time:
I meant to say:
"The President gets high marks from me for the *bin Laden* operation..."
(Obama/Osama got me)
Who is Valerie Jarrett?
I just bought a copy of Edward Klein's THE AMATEUR
BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
Klein is said to be a New York Times #1 bestselling author.
The book tells much about the woman who is the subject of this blog.
I'm about half way through with it.
I've found it to be interesting and revealing.
I don't understand anyone who votes for Obama unless they are on welfare.
It is my personal opinion that those who vote for him don't really care what happens to this country.
Those who resent the self made rich such as Romney ought to go live in a communist nation.