Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 1, 2009
The framed, inscribed photo of President Obama on a table in her office says it all, more than any fancy title: "The best of friends . . . Thanks for always being there for us. Love, Barack."
Valerie Jarrett is not simply the highest-ranking woman serving in the White House these days. She has the kind of power that comes with long history and deep friendship, a voice in the room that confidently reflects her 20-year Chicago-based relationship with Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obamas ate their first family dinner outside of the White House at her Georgetown apartment, and there are ample photos in Jarrett's office of her daughter, Laura, a student at Harvard Law School, with the president.
"I think we have relied on each other at different points in our life," Jarrett said in an interview in her White House office last week. (Click to read rest of article)