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November 16, 2013 - 8:25 am

The Obamas shut down R Street at Florida Avenue NW in D.C. last night for a four-and-a-half-hour celebration of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett’s birthday.

Jarrett turned 57 on Thursday.

The motorcade rolled from the White House to Dupont Circle just before 7 p.m. on Friday, with President Obama and Michelle Obama getting out at Restaurant Nora.

The restaurant, in an otherwise residential neighborhood, is the country’s first certified organic eatery and uses ecofriendly and biodegradable cleansers and decorations. Michelle Obama celebrated her birthday here in 2010.

The White House press pool was socked away at a nearby Italian restaurant for the first half of the dinner then stuck in the press vans for the last two hours. Heavy security surrounded Restaurant Nora as a handful of people stood in the rain to see the Obamas, who were never seen by the press.

The motorcade didn’t leave the restaurant until 11:39 p.m.

 

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Serious question, do you think the Obamas like Valerie Jarrett? What's so likeable about her? Is she fun? Is she nice? Do her kids get along with their kids? Do she and Michelle enjoy talking about fashion and movies? What's the draw?
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Down deep, given his beta-male personality and his desire/belief that his job is to tell others what to do and then have their give him credit for any successes, I really don't think Obama could function without Valerie Jarrett. She props him up intellectually and provides what backbone he has in dealing with others.

Obama could no more do without Jarrett, or at least her equivalent, in the White House than he could if someone cut off his teleprompter during the State of the Union speech. She may technically serve at the pleasure of the president, but an Obama without Valerie Jarrett would have to make tough decisions on his own and that's never been his style. At the very least, Barack enjoys the mental pressure she takes off of him, aside from how else he and Michelle handle their relationship with Jarrett.
21 weeks ago
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Valerie Jarrett's family is the closest thing to an aristocracy that blacks have in this country. Barack and Michelle Obama like to think of themselves as aristocratic, and having Valerie around furthers that delusion, It's simply a matter of social snobbery.
21 weeks ago
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Agreed, but only in part.

Basically it's the same tackiness and "Yes! I! Can!" attitude that Michelle exploited when she with entourage commandeered that White House jet for that poke-in-our-eyes trip to Marbella right after their election.

The main thing is that massive chip on each of their shoulders, once they got ensconced inside the White House.

They're determined to stick it to us while they can.


21 weeks ago
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They act as royalty, bashiring on the commoners.
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