‘Finding My Voice’: Valerie Jarrett Addresses Roseanne Barr and More

Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to former President Barrack Obama from 2009 until 2017. She recently published an autobiography, Finding My Voice: My Journey To The West Wing and the Path Forward which has made the New York Times Best Seller list.

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In the book, Valerie Jarrett tells her life story about how “a shy girl found her voice” through hard work and determination. While promoting her memoir, Jarrett made an appearance on Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club to discuss her book and address the infamous Roseanne Barr tweets about her, which made headlines last year.

Who is Valerie Jarrett?

Valerie Jarrett was born on November 14, 1956, in Iran. She moved to America around the age of five so her dad could become a doctor. Jarrett campaigned for Harold Washington to become the first black mayor of Chicago. She credits this experience to what first piqued her interest in politics. Jarrett was a successful lawyer for a corporate firm, but she was not happy. So, Jarrett “took a leap of faith” and quit the firm to work in public service.

Valerie Jarrett first met the Obama family in 1991 when she hired Michelle Obama to work for the mayor. After gaining a wealth of experience in government and the private sector, she became the senior advisor to then President Barack Obama.

Valerie Jarrett addresses Roseanne Barr and Joe Biden in interview

Women have come forward and claimed Joe Biden, 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President, inappropriately touched them. Valerie Jarrett claims that he is a “close and intimate” person and does not mean any harm. She tells a story of him grabbing her hand and giving her advice when her father passed away. While she did not endorse Joe Biden, she did say he is a decent presidential candidate because of the foreign policy experience he brings to the table.

Roseanne Barr was fired from her reboot show, Roseanne, when she went on a Twitter tirade calling Valerie Jarrett a “monkey.” Barr went on to defend her actions by blaming the sedative Ambien and claiming she did not know Jarrett is black. Jarrett says supportive people surround her and working in public service have given her thick skin. However, she says this is “symptomatic of a bigger problem” because this shows racism still exists. Jarrett says she cares about the issues young black people face, not “a tweet by someone I don’t even know.”