Last month during an alleged exchange between Valerie Jarrett and other members of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Jarrett dismissed concerns from staff that an increasingly uncooperative and indifferent media were pulling away from the Obama administration, focusing instead on the emerging Democrats who will make up the 2016 run for the White House.
(Valerie Jarrett receives a warm and deferential greeting from Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.)
The late afternoon meeting between Jarrett and OPE staff reportedly took place just days after a particularly damaging poll was released showing Barack Obama would lose to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney if another election between the two men were held. Staff were not so much angry over the actual polling data, but the media’s seemingly too willing inclination to report upon the poll and repeat for a full news cycle the phrase “buyers’ remorse” and other terms applicable to the poll’s result, terms that put the Obama administration in a decidedly negative light.
These same staff were given notice just prior to the poll’s publication, and initiated what has been normal operating procedure for the Obama White House since its inception in 2009 – strongly suggesting/dictating to the media how it should proceed in relaying information to the public. Apparently fewer in the media were willing to tow the White House line, and staff quickly grew alarmed at how much more difficult it was becoming for them to control the message, the very kind of control Valerie Jarrett has repeated is so crucial to the overall success of the longer term Obama legacy.
Apparently, when an OPE operative suggested the media sees the Obama White House as “done”, and “old news”, Jarrett’s eyes flashed indignantly as she shook her head from side to side, her right pointer finger tapping the top of a desk several times with enough force it echoed inside the small White House conference room.
“They think we’re done? Not quite. Not yet. Not even close.”
August 15, 2014