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Donor Steps in to Cover Valerie Jarrett’s $30,000 Speaking Fee

Seriously? A school would pay $30,000 to hear Valerie Jarrett’s canned selection of sentences she’s using to cash in on her government service? Let her go speak to people who can afford to bask in ValJar’s sublime glow.

A donor has stepped forward to save Northeastern Illinois University from having to foot the bill for former Obama adviser Valerie Jarett to speak at the school’s commencement, the Washington Examiner reported. The school’s dire financial situation had made the choice into an outrage.

Despite budget impasses, cuts to class schedules and union protests, the school approved Jarrett’s $30,000 honorarium. The school’s board of trustees made the decision a day after the school’s interim president declared a “state of emergency” amid the 22-month budget impasse.

Audio obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times reveals many board members were outraged by the decision and sought to use the donation to offer a student scholarship instead.

Obama to Promote Girls’ Education – in Other Countries

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks Tuesday at the White House about “expanding efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and stay in school,” according to the White House.

“These efforts will build on the investments we have made and the successes we have achieved in global primary school education by elevating existing programs and public and private sector partnerships,” the White House said.

This is all very nice. But it of course begs the question, Why is the White House concerning itself with the worldwide education of girls or the worldwide education of anyone else?

At a time when our own schools are giving so many of our young people a lousy education, why are we devoting resources to helping other countries educate their kids?

Because, we are all one world! What are you, some kind of American exceptionalist?

This looks to be a Valerie Jarrett operation, likely done under the auspices of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

The Council was created by Bill Clinton – okay, sorry, that’s a bad joke – it was created by President Obama and is chaired by ValJar, her own pet project.

The council appears to do some useful things, like combating human trafficking in our supply chains and raising breast cancer awareness, and some harmful things, like the typical equality-of-results and affirmative action-type efforts you would expect from this White House.

But whether we’re doing helpful things or not, let’s leave the education of girls in Guinea to the Guineans.

Departure of Top Aides Could Grow Jarrett’s Power Further

President Obama will lose two of his most senior aides over the next few months, departures that could further augment the power of the person who is already the paramount Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

The departure of Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer next month would leave Jarrett as the last remaining White House official who has been part of Obama’s inner circle since the start. Pfeiffer served as communications director early in the administration and has long been viewed by White House observers as a man who had the trust of the president and his other aides.

Also departing is the current communications director, Jeniffer Palmieri, though she won’t leave until the spring. Palmieri, a veteran of the Bill Clinton White House, is expected to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Dobbs: Jarrett Diminished March, Calling it a “Parade”

I ran the video of Valerie Jarrett Thursday discussing President Obama’s no-show at the Paris march, but I missed this. I myself inadvertently called it a “parade” after hearing her remarks. But it was emphatically not a parade, and Jarrett probably was choosing her words carefully in order to minimize the issue. “Not once, but… Continue Reading

Jarrett Condemns Israeli Gaza Operation as Child Killing

Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s closest advisor, charged that Israel is slaughtering children and that the Gaza operation must halt. “You . . . can’t condone the killing of all of these innocent children,” Jarrett said on Face the Nation. “This is why the cease-fire is so important. It’s a devastating situation.” Israel contends that Hamas is ultimately responsible for… Continue Reading

Bow to Val!

What’s this? The Blaze took a close look at Sunday’s Meet the Press interview with Valerie Jarrett, for which NBC was granted exclusive access to the West Wing so they could follow her around, and noticed this in her office: I don’t know. They look like suicide bombers. Okay, I get it’s a joke. Valerie tweeted… Continue Reading

Valerie Jarrett for Senate?

Or for something else? White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said in an interview that aired Sunday on Meet the Press that she might just run for office, though she termed the prospect “highly unlikely.” But she left the door open, and in politics, a door slightly ajar can quickly become a gaping chasm. She also… Continue Reading

ValJar has a Boyfriend?

Obama confidant and one-woman White House power center Valerie Jarrett is dating sportscaster and  former Minnesota Vikings player Ahmad Rashad, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Look at the two love birds. Let’s hope that nothing ever gets between them. But alas, the former wide receiver might not be the catch of the year. He’s been… Continue Reading

ValJar “Reaches Out”

There’s a throwaway line in a Wall Street Journal piece today that should make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Actually, the hair on your head too. It’s a big, beautiful welcome mat to the new enhanced administrative action that will guide the rest of President Obama’s term and which he plans… Continue Reading

ValJar Birthday Celebration!

Updated 12:10 pm ET President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama headed out of the White House this evening to celebrate First Friend Valerie Jarrett’s birthday at Washington’s Restaurant Nora, a local expensive eatery. It’s America’s FIRST CERTIFIED ORGANIC RESTAURANT, according to Restaurant Nora. It’s been around for many years. Kind of a traditional destination… Continue Reading