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President Jarrett Is a Horrible Boss

Kim Strassel laments that the White House is a hostile working environment for anyone of intelligence or the capability for independent thought.

“Doormat” has been the job description for pretty much every Obama employee. The president bragged in 2008 that he would assemble in his cabinet a “Team of Rivals.” What he failed to explain to any of the poor saps is that they’d be window dressing for a Team of Select Brilliant Political Types Who Already Had All the Answers: namely, himself and the Valerie Jarretts and David Axelrods of the White House.

The experienced Bill Daley came in 2011 as the chief of staff tasked with repairing Mr. Obama’s relations with the business community. He left a year later, having been stripped of many duties and trashed by the White House to the press. The sage Leon Panetta stepped up as defense secretary in 2011; he too left after 20 months of getting his head patted. The folks who look smartest now are those who fled early, while the fleeing was still relatively good—Rahm Emanuel, Austan Goolsbee, Larry Summers, Peter Orszag, Vivek Kundra.

Who would want to work for a boss who micromanages everything but takes no responsibility when things don’t work out? This president’s playbook for controversy: Deny knowledge, blame subordinates.

Read the whole thing.

Obama has previously declared that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, and know more about policy than his policy advisers. Such a megalomaniac has no interest in hearing, much less entertaining, opinions that do not align with his own. So much for diversity.

But then again, it often seems President Obama doesn’t really run the White House; he’s off playing golf, partying with celebrities and billionaires. Every once in a while, they put a suit on him and stand him up in front of a TelePrompter. It is very much the consensus that the real authority in the White House comes from former Slum Queen Valerie Jarrett, an “advisor to the President” (think “Wormtongue”) who has been granted her own secret service detail and is the first and last word on White House policy and hiring decisions.

It is little wonder that Obama and Jarrett have created an environment where anyone of any intelligence leaves, but those who can enthusiastically mouth the official party talking points … like Jen Psaki, Josh Earnest, and Maria Harf … thrive.



  1. Anybody who has read Ed Klein’s book, Blood Feud, has learned that Valarie is the one who pulls Obama’s strings. When he sounds vague or indecisive, it’s because he hasn’t consulted with Ms. Jarrett for a definite position on an issue. She is the first advisor to be in residence at the White House. Karl Rove must be envious. He never received such a perk.

    Comment by Roberto — November 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - November 28, 2014

  2. At Althouse

    “….. I only wish my friend Barack Obama could go meta and talk about the talking about what he has to say about race. If only — if only! — Obama — when he’s out of office — would bust loose and tell us everything he really thinks, transcend this sententiousness, and tell us the truth… as it looks to him. “

    Obama is the most tightly wrapped-and-wound raw nerve end I have encountered in my 72 years. He wrote two, count them two, “autobiographies” without “busting loose” or telling us anything he really thinks, but he has repeatedly and egregiously engaged in self-righteous moralizing.

    As Gertrude Stein so aptly predicted, there is no there there. Charles Péguy was even closer when he mused that all which begins in mystery ends in politics. Obama is not mysterious, he is entirely political. He can not transcend himself. The truth is not in him. “How things look to him” is merely the veneer of momentary opportunity. He is the man who would be king, but too bored and too self-absorbed to actually care to rule. He is Truman Capote grifting along off the possibility of the next great novel. What he has to say about race is useless to him, to us and to our posterity. Fawning parasites of Obamaism may well be the Orion’s belt bright star for unicorn hunters. Good grief.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 28, 2014 @ 1:07 pm - November 28, 2014

  3. Any power, behind other thrones, has only been competent if they supervised & bullied their subordinates, orchestrating a valid agenda. Only a fool like Jarrett ruins & scares flunkies away, an obvious overcompensation for someone who really isn’t a competent puppeteer.
    She uses BO’s delusional vision as her template. If she were a real power & talent we’d see something totally different. She’s an enabler & a bad manager. A total lackey & a yes man. If she would have been competent, decisions would have been made on so many issues that have seen the White House being absent; e.g., the Syrian thing.

    Comment by Marc Winger — November 28, 2014 @ 1:21 pm - November 28, 2014

  4. They are giving rules for whites stupid enough to support them. How, exactly does one “refrain from taking up space”? I know spatial orientation and abstract thought is Asian/White privilege, but I don’t understand how one could not take up space.

    Comment by Steve — November 28, 2014 @ 2:29 pm - November 28, 2014

  5. Star Wars: Episode VII Official Trailer – The Force Awakens (2015) – J.J. Abrams Movie HD

    Comment by Steve — November 28, 2014 @ 3:22 pm - November 28, 2014

  6. Steve, what’s that black face doing at the beginning of the Star Wars trailer? Is he to be a star of the rebooted franchise?

    Comment by Marc Winger — November 28, 2014 @ 5:04 pm - November 28, 2014

  7. Being unable to find anyone better qualified than oneself is a sign of a really bad, narcissistic boss.

    Comment by MPH — November 29, 2014 @ 1:56 pm - November 29, 2014

  8. Is it just me, or does Valerie Jarrett always look like she’s about to bite the head off a kitten?

    Comment by bastiat Fan — November 29, 2014 @ 8:17 pm - November 29, 2014

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