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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:34 PM
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Jarrett emphasizes the grassroots

Jarrett emphasizes the grassroots

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2008 5:29 PM by Mark Murray

From NBC's Cherelle Kantey

Valerie Jarrett, who has been selected to be a senior adviser to President-elect Obama, got back to her Chicago roots by reaching out to community organizers at a roundtable event at the Washington Hilton yesterday. Realizing the Promise, a forum designed to give the transition team input on solutions from the grassroots level, showed Jarrett in a light similar to the president-elect, rallying the masses with a message of hope.

Yes we can! she cheered, stirring up the crowd. The audience, filled with nearly 2,500 community activists from around the nation stood to their feet as she entered the room.

Jarretts speech was more of an Obama stump than a policy address on the next administration. She relied on rhetoric about how optimism and unification are the keys to the success of the new administration.

Our future is bright, and theres nothing we can't do if we can come together as one, said Jarrett. The challenges are daunting ... but (we can) hold hands and follow the vision of President-elect Obama's campaign, which is let's not talk about all the issues that divide us, let's talk about what we have in common.

Melody Barnes, the soon-to-be director of the White House domestic policy council, echoed Jarrett about the importance of community effort in setting the policy agenda.

"This is about partnership and collaboration, Barnes said. While every single person may not be able to come into the White House physically, there are any number of means (where) we can get the best ideas and put it into policy.

"We are counting on you to talk to us ... so we can use that information to build solutions that are going to bring opportunity and mobility back to this country," she added.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:51 PM
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1. Wise! I felt so good during the Olympics
this summer when CBS did an great story on Valerie Jarrett with an interview by Katie Couric. It featured Valerie's parents who sound like trailblazers themselves.

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"Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, where her father, Dr. James Bowman, ran a hospital for children as part of a program that sent American doctors and agricultural experts to developing countries to help jump-start their health and farming efforts. At age 5, the family moved to London for one year, then returned to Chicago in 1963. Her father, who is of African American descent, is a pathologist and geneticist. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Pathology and Medicine, University of Chicago.<3><4> Her great-grandfather was the first African-American to graduate from M.I.T., her grandfather was Robert Taylor, the first black man to head the Chicago Housing Authority, and her father, Dr. James Bowman, was the first black resident at St. Lukes Hospital. Her mother, Barbara T. Bowman, is an African-American early childhood education expert and co-founder of the Erikson Institute for child development."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Jarrett
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 09:23 PM
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2. Yeah, this meeting was a good thing. n/t
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