I think Michelle Malkin has the most comprehensive coverage on Valerie Jarrett, both in her new book, Culture of Corruption, and at her blog:
Here is a perfect example of why I wrote Culture of Corruption (officially out today [July 27, 2009] — I’ll be launching on Hannity radio and TV.)
Over the weekend, the New York Times published a massive, 8,100-word profile of the Obamas’ best friend and Chicago crony, Valerie Jarrett.
The author, Robert Draper, laments that “[o]ver a four-month period of reporting, I struggled to understand Jarrett’s ineffable raison d’etre in the Obama White House.”
Four months. More than 8,000 words. Several glossy, high-fashion photos.
And he still couldn’t figure out that the “ineffable raison d’etre” of Valerie Jarrett, a Daley-trained politico and consigliere, is power.
Four months. More than 8,000 words. Several glossy photos.
But not a word about Jarrett’s involvement in Michelle Obama’s patient-dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Jarrett sat on the board of directors.
And not a word about Jarrett’s involvement in Grove Parc — the Chicago slum complex managed by Jarrett’s company, Habitat, Inc. To this day, Jarrett refuses to answer questions about the dilapidated housing development …. [shown below]:
Ms. Malkin also has a great round-up on a CNN anchor (!) confronting Jarrett about her attacks on Fox News.
So it’s no surprise that Ms. Malkin was one of the first off the blocks to join the StopJarrett.com blog coalition.
I just want to add that the sight of the Grove Parc roofs falling in is the clearest possible image of the sociopathy of both Obama and Jarrett. They profited from the trust and money reposed in them to create decent housing for people who were poor and vulnerable. Instead of fulfilling that trust, they betrayed it and made those people’s lives far worse than they were before. I would bet that some of those tenants died as a result. Doug Ross quoted Boston.com and interspersed more photos from a post written during the presidential campaign in July 2008:
The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.
But it’s not safe to live here.
About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered…
Grove Parc represents Obama’s true character as a “community organizer” and state senator. Since this story surfaced in July 2008, but was not widely reported — and apparently actively suppressed in the July 2009 New York Times profile of Jarrett mentioned above — it also tells us the true character of the newspapers and cable news channels that either suppressed the story or were unaware of it, what with their preoccupation with publishing only Obama’s talking points du jour.
I had to appeal to our state senator, Ida Ruben (D), many times in the course of caring for my late life partner in order to get state government offices and state-funded county offices to do their jobs properly. Sen. Ruben literally saved our lives again and again, thanks to her commitment to her constituents and the zeal of her staff. So when I tell you that Obama’s corruption and laziness killed people when he was a state senator, I am speaking from personal experience of what vulnerable constituents need their state senator to do. Rising to the presidency of the United States has not improved Obama, it has given vastly more scope for his corruption and laziness to betray vulnerable people to their deaths, aided and abetted, as always, by Valerie Jarrett.