Who is Valerie Jarrett?
Unvetted, Unknown, Unaccountable
The New York Times calls her Barack Obama's "old hometown mentor," "closest friend in the White House," "all-purpose ambassador," "skillful envoy," "emissary," and the "ultimate Obama insider."
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank dubs her "the real center of Obama's inner circle," with ties to the president that are "deep and personal."
The Wall Street Journal identifies her as the "essential member" of President Obama's "inner set."
The Chicago Tribune proclaims her "the president's right-hand woman."
Rahm Emanuel calls her "a very dear friend" and "valuable ally" to Barack Obama.
And Obama himself calls her one of his "oldest friends," who is "like a sibling to me…I trust her completely."
Who is this mystery woman of extraordinary influence? She is Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's close friend, confidant, and secret weapon, known to Washington insiders, but unknown to the folks in the hinterland.
In the July/August issue of The American Spectator, Paul Kengor unveils the unexamined Jarrett, a key aide and mentor to our president, to reveal a red-diaper past and a business career that's been utterly dependent on government connections at their seediest.
Here's just some of what Kengor uncovers in this American Spectator exclusive exposé:
Jarrett's father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, defended Chicago's oppressed proletariat with none other than Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA member who mentored a young Barack Obama in Hawaii;
Jarrett's maternal grandfather, Robert Taylor, the first African American head of the infamous Chicago Housing Authority, appears in a 1944 report by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities;
Perhaps with a kick-start from her Chicago-renowned father-in-law, Jarrett's 20-year career in Chicago's political machine included a stint as Mayor Richard Daley's deputy chief of staff, as well as any number of major jobs in the area of urban housing and development;
In Chicago, Jarrett oversaw the management and development of huge housing projects -- most of which were ultimately seized by federal authorities and shut down because of their deplorable, squalid, and unlivable conditions;
In November 2008, Judicial Watch obtained documents linking Jarrett to several housing projects operated by Chicago slumlord Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted on 16 of 24 counts of corruption in 2008;
In August 2009, Jarrett introduced the radical Marxist "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones as someone "we were so delighted to be able to recruit...into the White House." Jones was forced to resign one month later;
Jarrett's name was widely floated as a top candidate to fill Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich allegedly offered to appoint Jarrett in exchange for a top Obama administration post.
Who is this invisible hand behind Obama? The dominant press has not even remotely touched upon Valerie Jarrett's personal politics. Her ideology is the single most elusive question that remains after reading the litany of hagiographic profiles by the mainstream media. You can learn all about her in the July/August issue of The American Spectator. This article appeared in The American Spectator. They need your support.