Just one day after sharing my longtime prediction that Michelle Obama will be the Democrat presidential nominee, I learned something else that lends additional credibility to that theory.
Here’s a question: WHY, at this particular time, would longtime Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett be giving an exclusive interview not just promoting her book (which debuted back on April 2 and is a New York Times bestseller) but also discussing her cherished time in the White House and how WONDERFUL the Obama White House was compared to the way things are now? The book is entitled “FINDING MY VOICE: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward,” and the very first sentence from the promotional blurb sets the tone:
“When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House.”
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The New York Times is quoted as calling Jarrett as “the ultimate Obama insider,” and there’s also glowing praise for her from Michelle herself.
On Friday, Jarrett appeared in an interview segment with Neil Cavuto on FOX News; this is part of an hour-long interview running on FOX Business News that Cavuto was promoting. I saw the shorter FOX News segment but haven’t yet forced myself to sit through the full interview --- had food poisoning last week and my stomach is still a bit too glassy for this. Based on the bit of “softball” questioning I saw in the excerpt, I anticipate being extremely disappointed in Neil Cavuto.
Anyway, the timing of this interview suggests that things are percolating for the Obamas behind the scenes. (Also, there's Jarrett's steadfast refusal to comment on Obama's lack of an endorsement for Joe Biden.) I’ll have a better sense of this after watching the whole thing.
In the meantime, here’s a link to part of the FOX News segment in which Jarrett appears to be wrong on facts. Jarrett said she thinks Obama would have fired her for violating the Hatch Act because they took that regulation “very seriously.” But we already know –- maybe Cavuto doesn’t –- that two of Obama’s cabinet-level officials, Kathleen Sebelius and Julian Castro, were cited by the Office of Special Counsel as having violated the Hatch Act, and they were NOT fired. All they had to do to keep their jobs and carry on as usual was admit they’d made mistakes and apologize.
I think that trotting out Jarrett may be part of a political strategy to lull voters into nostalgia for a time during which America’s sagging economy and weakening role in the world were presided over with grace and dignity by the Obamas. Hey, we could have that again!
Oh, and this is Jarrett’s book...