Obama names Valerie Jarrett as senior adviser

Obama names Valerie Jarrett as senior adviser
# 15 November 2008 08:40 (UTC +04:00)
(AP) President-elect Barack Obama is naming his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett to be his White House senior adviser.
Jarrett, who hired Michelle Obama for a job in the Chicago mayor’s office years ago, is one of the president-elect’s closest friends and advisers. Her name has been floated for several top administration jobs. But Obama settled on the senior adviser role, said a person close to the president-elect and willing to speak only on background because the decision has not been officially announced.
A White House senior adviser can handle a range of duties. President George W. Bush’s top political aide Karl Rove held the title in the current administration.
Jarrett has a background in real estate and politics in Chicago.
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