Niether She Nor Her Friend, Michelle Obama, Saw Trump's 'Gut-Wrenching' Win Coming

Long-time Democratic operative and Obama friend Valerie Jarrett had been considering a run for the U.S. Senate. However, the “gut-wrenching” victory of Donald Trump in November has the ex-White House staffer aiming elsewhere.

Jarrett explained in a recent interview that she's more interested in recruiting and training the next Barack Obama to run for office.
She also made it quite clear that former First Lady Michelle Obama would not run for public office. It wouldn’t be 'fruitful' to have that conversation with her, Jarrett noted.

Jarrett and Michelle Obama have both been touted for the Illinois Senate seat the former president used to hold.

However, it seems that neither of them are interested at this point. “Encouraging the next generation is really where my heart is,” she remarked. 

As far as Michelle Obama goes, Jarrett commented: “'I will encourage her to be a force for good, she doesn't need much encouragement for that, obviously she was an extraordinary first lady, but i don't think she really wants to run for office.”

Jarrett went on to note that Michelle “appreciates that she has this extraordinary platform she has in the post-presidency as does her husband.”

“They're young, they're very popular, the president left office with very high approval ratings, as did she,” she explained, “and so how do you take that and galvanize the American people, citizens, to actually work to solve some of the big challenges that we lie ahead...I think both of them are committed to that.”

The former first family is currently living in Washington, D.C. while their daughter Malia finishes high school. The couple own a home in Chicago, and are expected to return some time in the next few years. 

Note that Obama's presidential library is being built in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. Construction is slated to be finished in 2020.

Jarrett commented that she plans to work with Barack to develop the Obama Center.

“I think what he's really interested in doing is finding, you know, the Barack Obama 2.0s all around our country, who are the next generation of leaders that he can support and nurture and help grow,” she explained. “How can we help get young people to think, why don't I run for office?”

Jarrett also noted in the interview that former President Obama is planning to return to community organizing in the future.

Source: Mail Online
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