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Valerie Jarrett Named White House Senior Advisor

By Michael D. Shear
President-elect Barack Obama has formally named his friend, Valerie Jarrett, to be a senior adviser in the White House, a senior aide said Friday.

Jarrett, who for years has been a personal friend to Obama and his wife Michelle, was rumored as a potential choice to replace Obama in the Senate, but took her name out of contention this week.

As a senior advisor, Jarrett may serve a similar role for Obama to that played by Karen Hughes during President Bush's first term -- providing political advice while keeping him grounded.

Jarrett has increasingly been on television in the last few days, offering a view inside the Obama inner circle.

Posted at 6:48 PM ET on Nov 14, 2008  | Category:  Cast of Characters
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