If you have to send out this memo …
posted at 10:01 am on July 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
… then it pretty much negates everything in it. According to an upcoming book by Mark Leibovich on Washington’s political scene titled This Town, the White House circulated a memo in September of last year, instructing anyone contacted by the New York Times how to respond to questions about Valerie Jarrett for a profile the paper planned to publish of Barack Obama’s close confidante. The memo’s title was, er … “The Magic of Valerie,” and it had 33 responses for staffers to extemporaneously parrot when interviewed (via Power Line):
The magic of Valerie is her intellect and her heart. She is an incredibly kind, caring and thoughtful person with a unique ability to pinpoint the voiceless and shine a light on them and the issues they and the President care about with the ultimate goal of making a difference in people’s lives.
Valerie is the perfect combination of smart, savvy and innovative.
Valerie has an enormous capacity for both empathy and sympathy. She balances the need to be patient and judicious with the desire to get things done and work as hard as possible for the American people from the White House.
To know what both drives Valerie Jarrett and why the President values her opinion so much, you benefit greatly from really getting to know the woman.
Here’s my personal favorite:
Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust. (need examples.)
Oooh! Oooh! Mr. Kotter! I have one: “Valerie is the kind of person you can tell how the IRS targeted the President’s political opponents, and who won’t tell anyone.” Oh, wait — that’s Kathryn Ruemmler and Neil McDonough. Never mind. Seriously, though — if the person making this claim has to append “(need examples)” to it, that’s a pretty big tell, no?
Recently in the Green Room: