New Republic Feature: The Knives Are Out for Obama and Jarrett

Under the headline, “The Obama Whisperer”, New Republic senior editor Noam Scheiber has published a very lengthy Nov. 9 feature, riddled with countless damaging leaks against the British Crown asset, “Senior Advisor” to the President Valerie Jarrett, and her personal zombie Barack Obama. The lead picture is a drawing of Jarrett whispering furtively into Obama’s ear, and the dozens of insider leaks in the story are carefully chosen and phrased to drive the both of the two (if they are indeed two) utterly wild.

Scheiber builds up the drama by reporting that a longtime source of his who left the White House years ago, is still too fearful to talk about her at all, even off the record. Anita Dunn, former Obama Communications Director, says that Jarrett’s role is one of the most expansive that ever existed in the West Wing (the office wing) of the White House, to which Scheiber adds, “Broader, even, than running the West Wing.”

Besides Dunn, the only other named source in the article is Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod; the numerous other sources, in and out of government, would not let their names be used.

“When administration aides plan ‘bilats,’ the term of art for meetings of two countries’ top officials, they realize that whatever size meeting they negotiate—nine by nine, eight by eight, etc.—our side will typically include one less foreign policy hand, because Jarrett has a standing seat at any table that includes the President,” Scheiber writes.

Jarrett “has placed friends and former employees in important positions across the administration,” often telling them, “`You can be my person over there.'” An unnamed former administration official said, “It’s pretty toxic. She went to whatever meeting she wanted to go to—basically all of them—and then would go and whisper to the President. Or at least everyone believed she did…. People don’t trust the process. They believe she’s a spy.”

Daily White House staff meetings no longer occur. Instead, Obama meets with Jarrett and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough—one of the many Jarrett-bots whom she has brought in to replace more independent-minded White House officials.

Another of Scheiber’s unnamed sources, a “progressive activist,” personally observed Jarrett consulting a Nixon-style enemies list–which bore the amusing title “Least Constructive List”—during a meeting. A second unnamed source, a current White House official, actually confirmed this report, only adding lamely that the document was allegedly prepared by a staffer acting without orders, and that it is not a common practice!

The great bulk of the article consists of damaging, truthful “leaks” against Jarrett and Obama, many of which concern their uncontrollable response to even the slightest criticism, plus their hysteria and rage about “leaks,” even minor ones. The intent is pretty obvious,—but, nonetheless, it will surely be very effective. The hounds and the plumbers are out against Scheiber’s sources, and don’t even try to imagine what has been provoked in the White House rage cauldron.

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