Valerie Jarrett

In Part One of this two-part series, Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, regals tales of her youth addressing questions about why her father went to work overseas, and subsequently how she was bullied once she came to America as a young girl. 

Taking a moment to talk about her home base of Chicago, she feels that they have made some cultural progress but there’s still much work to do, especially in the area of gun control and gun violence in parts of the city. 

Jarrett was a single mom and struggled with that, and feeling like she was enough for a long time. The deck in America is stacked against working families and single parents. 

Her call to action for all Americans is that, you don’t have to be black to want to make sure that every black American has a fair shot. Change requires decades and decades of people with goodwill working hard.

In Part Two of this two-part series, Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, remembers poignant moments throughout her career both before and during her time in the White House. She details the reasons that her job at city hall prepared her for working in the White House. 

She thinks of the Obama Administration’s greatest legacies as being the passage of the Affordable Care Act as well as the economic recovery the U.S. made during Obama’s Presidency. 

Also looking back, Jarrett does regret not getting meaningful gun legislation passed while they were in the White House. 

Finally she has a couple comments about the current administration including mentioning that usually Presidents have respect for the Presidents who have come before them, but that was not the case for the Obama Trump transition.