The White House was apparently worried that Valerie Jarrett wasn’t getting the love she deserved, so it prepared a memo preparatory to Jarrett’s New York Times profile in 2012. just to make sure that everyone at the Times fully understood that, unlike Mary Poppins, Jarrett isn’t just practically perfect in every way, she’s actually perfect in every way. Mark Leibovich got a’hold of the draft memorandum, and shares it with the public in his upcoming book, The Town.
It’s really strange reading the draft memo because it is exactly how I see myself — and all of you, of course. I can tell that you guys, much like Jarrett herself (and me, of course), can out-saint a saint.
WARNING: Do not have liquids in your mouth as you read the following memorandum, or you will have to clean those liquids off your keyboard and screen:
The magic of Valerie is her intellect and her heart. She is an incredibly kind, caring and thoughtful person with a unique ability to pinpoint the voiceless and shine a light on them and the issues they and the President care about with the ultimate goal of making a difference in people’s lives.
Valerie is the perfect combination of smart, savvy and innovative.
Valerie has an enormous capacity for both empathy and sympathy. She balances the need to be patient and judicious with the desire to get things done and work as hard as possible for the American people from the White House.
To know what both drives Valerie Jarrett and why the President values her opinion so much, you benefit greatly from really getting to know the woman.
Valerie is tapped in to people’s experiences, their good times and bad. She knows from her own life what it is like to believe and strive for your dreams.
Valerie expects people to work their hearts out for the President and never forget where you work and the magnitude.
Single mother, woman working to the top in a competitive male dominated world, African, working for change from the grassroots to big business.
Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust. (need examples.)