Stories tagged with Valerie Jarrett

White House closes ranks around Desiree Rogers

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 4, 2009 at 9:55am   |   3 Comments

Desiree Rogers obviously has important friends in the Obama administration.

Education nominee Arne Duncan gets some help from his friends

By Carol Eisenberg   |   December 16, 2008 at 1:33pm   |   0 Comments

Chicago Schools Chief Arne Duncan, tapped today to be Education Secretary, has powerful friends in common with President-elect Barack Obama.

Chicago connections helped Ebony snag Obama interview

By Carol Eisenberg   |   December 3, 2008 at 3:41pm   |   0 Comments

Some see President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to sit down for his first print interview with Ebony magazine as a symbolic nod to the readers of the historic black magazine.

Social Secretary Desiree Rogers is decades-old Obama pal

By Carol Eisenberg   |   November 25, 2008 at 9:50am   |   0 Comments

It is testament to her close relationship to Barack and Michelle Obama – and to members of their inner circle - that Desiree Rogers threw an intimate birthday party for her friend, Valerie Jarrett, last week. Among the guests were the president-elect and his wife.

As senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett will be loyal networker

By Carol Eisenberg   |   November 16, 2008 at 7:53am   |   1 Comments

They don’t come much more networked than Valerie Jarrett.

Aspirants jockey for Obama, Biden seats

By Carol Eisenberg   |   November 6, 2008 at 10:50am   |   0 Comments

A behind-the-scenes scramble has already begun to fill the Senate seats that will be left vacant by Barack Obama and Joe Biden when they are installed as president and vice-president.

RNC creates to showcase Obama’s ‘friends’

By John Decker   |   August 20, 2008 at 4:53pm   |   0 Comments

In an effort to highlight some of Barack Obama’s more controversial associations, the Republican National Committee has created a Facebook spoof site called

Warren Buffett does doubleheader to raise money for Barack Obama

By Carol Eisenberg   |   June 26, 2008 at 12:53pm   |   0 Comments

The richest man in the world is ramping up his involvement in the campaign to elect Barack Obama the next president.

Chicago’s black business leaders play major role in Obama’s rise

By Carol Eisenberg   |   May 28, 2008 at 8:15am   |   4 Comments

To a degree unlike any other city in America, Chicago is identified with its black elite. Locals joke that you can find more black millionaires per square foot at the Chicago Urban League’s annual dinner than you can anywhere in the world.

Obama’s short list may include Jarrett, Daley, Pritzker, Goolsbee

By Carol Eisenberg   |   May 27, 2008 at 7:56am   |   3 Comments

With Barack Obama sewing up the Democratic nominee for president, one of the hottest games in Chicago is guessing who might accompany him to Washington.

From Chicago’s South Side to the Senate: The political education of Barack Obama

By Carol Eisenberg   |   May 23, 2008 at 8:24am   |   1 Comments

Barack Obama’s education in the bare-knuckled and often tribal politics of Chicago says much about his ambition, as well as his ability to cultivate powerful mentors.

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