Cast of Characters
Jarrett Will Represent Obama in Davos
By Michael D. Shear
Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend of President Obama's and a senior adviser in the White House, will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on behalf of America's new president, an administration official said Friday.
The annual event draws the richest business leaders from around the world. This year, the discussion is all-but certain to focus on the deterioration of the global economy.
Two other top Obama aides -- National Security Adviser James Jones and economic adviser Lawrence Summers -- had been planning to attend. But the administration official said the pair will stay in Washington to attend to current issues.
"Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president who is in touch each day with elected officials, business and community leaders across the nation about the economic challenges they face, will represent the administration at Davos," the official said. "Mr. Summers and General Jones will remain in Washington to advise the President on the near-term issues he must address."
Participation in the five-day meeting is by invitation only, and also draws the political and intellectual elite.
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