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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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JakeD what is your problem? We have big problems here in the US and the world and you are still stirring the pot of the past. Be helpful (Please)

Posted by: feltonvns | January 26, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the definition of "retirement" is not being paid to do any job ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 26, 2009 5:13 AM | Report abuse


Leave jakeD alone! When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reveals that 75 percent of the posters here are paid agents violating anti-propaganda laws, he may be out of a job.


NSA pervasive spying on citizens and journalists just the "baseline" for THIS?

OR (if link is corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 25, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama is off to a good start . He has a tough job ahead of him, cleaning up Mr Bush's monumental mess . Let's all do our share . Together we can get it done. We don't want to leave Bush's mess for our children and grandchildren. God bless President Obama and all Americans except JakeD ( May he live in interesting times ) !

Posted by: shrubnose | January 25, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the media doesn't call Obama what he really is.

He is not the first BLACK President of the United States of America, he is the first BI-RACIAL President of the United States of America.

His mother is WHITE.. She is the one who carried him in her womb for 9 months and is the one who made him into the MAN he is today along with his grandmother (god bless her soul).. and his father who, by the way he only met 1 time, is black. Why is it that we are only seeing that he is black??? Maybe now that he is President we can start acknowleging that he is bi-racial…

Posted by: mowenumdown | January 25, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Correction: (Fla 2000, Oh. 2004)

Posted by: rooster54 | January 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse


NSA SPYING on public, virtually all journalists, just the baseline 'program' for THIS?

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bush's public pretext for invading Iraq didn't turn out to be true. If he lied about it he's evil. If he believed it he's stupid. Either way, this unelected dictator (Fla. 2000, Oh. 2008) had no business making this decision, and tragically made the wrong decision. Thank God, he's no longer the "decider".

Posted by: rooster54 | January 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

If I will agree that Obama was born in Hawaii, will you guys agree that Bush didn't lie about Iraq?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Davos is a talk-fest. It's a good thing Obama is skipping the event and sending a senior adviser as a mark of respect. VJ is an intelligent lawyer who knows the President and First Lady well. Obama is within his rights to select anyone he trusts to provide him privileged confidential advice while in the White House. VJ and David Axelrod form the core of this team.

As for the lunatic wingnuts still holding their collective breath about Obama's birth certificate, you'll probably perish from self-asphyxiation if you persist.

He won. He's the President. Get over it.

Posted by: asja | January 24, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

re: "The real issue of concern here is that someone whose only qualifications are that she is an Obama friend, African-American, and a former Chicago real estate developer will be representing our country in Davos."

Wow, if you truly believe that those are VJ's only qualifications, you have NO idea what you are talking about. I guess accomplished women don't get the gift of heft unless they publish their resumes over and over and over. How sad.

The person with the job title, "SENIOR Adviser to the PRESIDENT of the United States" isn't quite good enough for an economic forum in Switzerland??

Posted by: freespeak | January 24, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: mstrfly | January 24, 2009 2:27 AM | Report abuse

God, I can't believe that some idiots are still pushing the crap that's been posted here. Obama is a native-born American and is the president in accordance with the consitution. Get a life or go to New Mexico and look for your alien love children, you freaks.... The real issue of concern here is that someone whose only qualifications are that she is an Obama friend, African-American, and a former Chicago real estate developer will be representing our country in Davos. It would be really sad, except that Davos has become the total losers' club.

Posted by: greener_pastures | January 24, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Dude, he's the president. Get over yourself.

Posted by: jdmaccoby | January 24, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Hawaii Revised Statute 338-178 at the time allowed for registration of an out-of-State birth of any child that was born outside of Hawaii to parents who, for a year preceding the child’s birth, claimed Hawaii as their place of residence. In addition, between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, the law specified that if you were born outside of the United States and only one of your parents was a citizen, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years, at least FIVE of which were after the age of 16.


That was not the case with Obama's mother, who was only 18 years old when he was born. Why won't Obama simply release his original LONG FORM birth certificate?

“Short-form by declaration” fraud is a plausible explanation that seems to fit all the known facts -- no vast right-wing conspiracy required -- if Obama was born in Kenya, and if his mother simply traveled back to Hawaii with him shortly thereafter, and falsely declared his birth (including the newspaper announcements), then she alone broke the law, without the assistance of any co-conspirators. He may not even know the truth -- although I doubt that given the time and expense incurred to avoid producing the simple proof -- the original LONG FORM vault record in Hawaii, if it exists, has not been examined, and Obama has refused to even allow it to be examined, let alone produce a certified copy in any court proceeding.

The Government of Hawaii has stated that the “Certificate of Live Birth” (which appeared on Obama’s website) is valid, and it may be valid, if it was produced from short-form database records. However, if the short form records were fraudulently established by declaration, in the absence of a long-form witness of live birth, then a fraud has been perpetrated. What happens if SOLID PROOF is discovered a year or two from now, invalidating everything he purported to do as "President"?

Now is the time for this issue to be resolved.

Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

America's new (Acting) President is legally Biden. Did anyone catch "The Colbert Report" about PRESIDENT Yo-Yo Ma? LOL!

Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

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