The staggering influence President Obama’s best friend and closest advisor Valerie Jarrett wields in the White House is baffling, but certainly no secret.
Which might explain the all-out manhunt for the anonymous tweeter who was recently fired for insulting and bashing members of the Obama administration, and Jarrett, in particular.
Jofi Joseph, 40, a White House National Security Council official, was the mystery Twitter user @NatSecWonk whose critical tweets of Valerie Jarrett, among many others, included things like, “I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me,” and “Can anyone tell me what Valerie does all day the White House again,” and “Wondering, yet again, how this woman is a senior White House official…#nothingthere.”
“Suspicion gradually centered on Jofi Joseph, the point man on nuclear nonproliferation at the National Security Council. So at a meeting in which everyone was in on the scam an inaccurate but innocuous news tidbit was revealed. When Joseph used his anonymous Twitter handle #natlsecwonk to broadcast the tidbit he was caught and promptly fired,” John Fund with National Review Online explained.
Fund went on to remind readers of this interesting fact, as well.
“…Jarrett has outlasted almost everyone who was in Obama’s original White House team — from chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to political guru David Axelrod to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. All are known to have crossed her, and all are gone.
As one former Obama aide once told me: ‘Valerie is ‘She Who Must Not be Challenged.’”
Financial journalist Darrell Delamaide also wondered at the extraordinary influence Jarrett has over the president.
In his “Political Capital” column he recently wrote for MarketWatch, Delamaide said tweeter Joseph was right: “Jarrett is a cipher, and a perfect poster child for a failed administration.”
What also has remained consistent about the Obama administration is that vacuity — the slow response in a crisis, the hesitant and contradictory communication, a lack of conviction and engagement amid constant political calculation.
[W]hat has baffled many observers is how Jarrett, a former cog in the Chicago political machine and a real-estate executive, can exert such influence on policy despite her lack of qualifications in national security, foreign policy, economics, legislation or any of the other myriad specialties the president needs in an adviser.
Right-wing critics have compared her to Rasputin, the enigmatic monk who hastened the inglorious end of Czar Nicholas II through his seemingly hypnotic influence over Czarina Alexandra.