Obama Should’ve Gotten Out More: Valerie Jarrett

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Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, during an interview in San Francisco.

Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, flies in the front of Air Force One with him and dines with him on vacation and at the White House residence.

Yet, as she assessed the president’s first term today, she expressed one regret: the White House should have done more domestic travel.

Asked at a Bloomberg Breakfast at the Democratic National Convention in Tampa about what do-overs she would like to take, Jarrett said: “We should have spent more time outside of Washington in that first year.”

“If we could have energized them more in that first year,” the Democrats would not have suffered in the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, she said. The president “didn’t appreciate early on how important it was to tell” his side of the story.

In 2009, according to a count that CBS News’ Mark Knoller keeps in his White House coverage, Obama took 47 domestic trips spanning 71 days.


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