Obama's Aide Valerie Jarrett Got Candid About Being Teased By The Former President For Her Menopause

Date April 12, 2019 15:07

Valerie Jarrett was the longest-serving senior advisor to former U.S. President Barack Obama. Born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1956, Valerie grew up in Chicago and went on to study law.


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When she was interviewed for a job in Chicago city government in July 1991 by the former First Lady Michelle Obama, little did both women know that was the first step on her path to the White House. 

Working in the White House

In her memoir Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, Jarret shares her entire journey including the historic moment in American history.

Valerie joined the White House on January 20, 2009, and left on January 20, 2017. She soon became Michelle and Barack Obama’s trusted personal adviser and family confidante in the White House.

When it all happened, she was there. She was known as the one who got him. The 62-year-old said she had to work twice as hard, twice as good and three times as lucky.

Valerie gets candid

In her memoir, the former advisor wrote:

When Jarrett would experiences menopausal hot flashes while riding with the president, he would make sure to turn on the air conditioner and give her his handkerchief without saying a word or even looking in my direction.

On other occasions, he would tease the former advisor in “good-natured way that only a man who knows you well, like a brother, has permission to do.”

If anyone could tease Vaerie, it was Obama. Their friendship has been almost been almost 30 years in the making. 

Most trusted adviser

The former advisor quickly connected with Obama over their childhood overseas when they were introduced. That was the beginning of a lifelong freiendship.


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Valerie helped shape the past decade of U.S. history as Obama’s longest-serving senior adviser. She became a personal adviser to the couple throughout the ride that eventually led them to the White House.

In her role, Valerie oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs while also chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls.

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