In the July 3, 2015 “Notable and Quotable” column, the Wall Street Journal honors the school reformer, Marva Collins, who died this week at age 78, by resurrecting a 1982 opinion piece about her authored by Paul Gigot. Collins was a fearless supporter of funded tuition vouchers, and herself a celebrated teacher. Opponents charged that she was seeking to cripple public education, and thereby “played into the hands of the right wing,” in the words of a prominent Chicago Tribune columnist, who was “incensed” by her.
“Notable and Quotable” asserts that the columnist himself (later affiliated with the Chicago Sun-Times), acknowledged that, owing to gang fears, “he sent his two sons, now adults, to parochial schools…"
One of those sons became a prominent physician in Chicago, though he died tragically at age 40 in 1993, from a heart attack. The physician was Dr. William Robert Jarrett, and the columnist was his famous father, Vernon Jarrett.
One could add that Dr. William Jarrett was the husband of White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who kept the name and the attachment to her famous father-in-law after a 1988 divorce, as she rose in Chicago political circles. She, and the Administration she now serves, do not appear to be supporters of school vouchers -- at least, for others.
President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning on MNSBC's Morning Joe. The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.
Open enrollment for health insurance plans under Obamacare is currently underway, and some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood and elsewhere are out there promoting it on Twitter. Furthermore, it appears there could be some coordination with the White House, with top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett retweeting a number of those celebrities, one after the other.
Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was given a cameo role in the latest episode of CBS's The Good Wife. The airing of the episode comes after a busy week for President Obama -- which included bombing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a series of meetings at the United Nations, and various international crises.
A top of advisor to President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles to try to get Obamacare written into scripts of TV shows and movies. Valerie Jarrett explained in an appearance on Top That! on PopSugar.com:
"That's the cool thing," a host said to the presidential advisor. "You've been reaching out to people that are, you know, outside of the norm of what the president might work with. Who else are you working with? Like celebrities, personalities, things like that?"
Valerie Jarrett, a close adviser to President Obama, said that Eric Holder is "definitely" not stepping down and that he'll be attorney general "for quite a while."
"One of the things that you learn in this business is, don't listen to rumors. You can take it from me. Obviously, I know the president pretty well. And I know the attorney general very well. and he will be in his position for quite a while."
Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Barack Obama, says she and the rest of the White House remain "very upbeat" despite the series of scandals that have engulfed the Obama administration in recent weeks.