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 reiterated Michelle Obama’s denial that she will entertain a political career after serving as first lady.
Q Is Michelle Obama going to run for office?
Q You said that very definitively.
JARRETT: Well, I’m absolutely, 100 percent positive that that will never happen.
Q How about Valerie Jarrett. Will you ever run for office?
Q But maybe.
JARRETT: Not as definitive as the first lady, but highly unlikely.
Well, I give her credit for honestly. Or for skillful trial-balloon flotation technique.
I like her crisp, direct answers. Seems like the type of person you’d want giving you advice. Even if in this case, given the state of Obama’s presidency, it’s probably most often bad advice.
Jarrett is from Chicago. Presumably she would be thinking about potentially running for Senate from Illinois in 2016, when Republican Sen. Mark Kirk will be defending the seat.
And then for president?
Oh wait – she’s already had that office.