Valerie Jarrett on Blacks and Obama

October 19, 2010  |  

(The Root) — Valerie Jarrett, who has known Barack Obama for nearly 20 years, is not only one of the president’s senior-most advisers but also one of his closest friends. Formerly a Chicago attorney, Jarrett, 53, co-chaired Obama’s transition team in 2008, and she now serves as the assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement. AsFortune magazine has confirmed, Jarrett is without question one of the most powerful women in Washington, D.C., and her reputation is one of fierce loyalty to her boss.

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