While Americans struggling under a disastrous economy and rampant federal regulation might have plenty of reason to blame the Obama administration, many contend it is not the president but his closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett, who deserves the credit – or blame – for these and other policies.
NBC News recently devoted a segment to the influential woman, during which she discussed a number of issues including Obama’s sagging approval numbers and the assertion that Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch is a staunch advocate for immigration reform.
“We’re going through some tough times now,” she admitted. “But I’ll tell you something that I learned very early in the first campaign is that you can’t look at the daily polls. If we listened to the polls, he would’ve abandoned the race in the middle of the primary season.”
She also shared her assertion that, after two dinner meetings with Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch, she is convinced he is “committed to immigration reform.”
What caught the most attention, especially among her conservative detractors, is not what she said but what NBC’s cameras caught in an otherwise innocuous panning shot of her office. Though the network did not mention it, several sources picked up on an odd picture frame holding a headshot of Jarrett.
Upon closer inspection, it is clear three figurines are bowing in front of her as though she is their god. Significant conversation resulted among right-wing blogs and other media outlets wondering whether the frame depicted a genuine reflection of her own perceived importance, or if it was simply a lighthearted gag gift as The Blaze posited.
Shortly after the story began gaining traction, Jarrett responded via her Twitter account.
Don’t worry friends, it was a gag gift. Us strong women don’t need worship — just an economy for the 21st century. #WomenSucceed
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) July 1, 2014
That comment in turn sparked even more criticism from administration opponents.
@vj44 If you were a strong woman, you would have a record of accomplishments instead of total failure.
— Frank Burns (@LTCFBurns) July 1, 2014
— Jeff Minch (@UberMinch) July 1, 2014
@vj44 We strong men are a little better at grammar.
— Randall Hoven (@RandallHoven) July 1, 2014
— Jason Killian Meath (@DCHollywood) July 1, 2014
Photo credit: World Economic Forum (Creative Commons)
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