Jarrett a Force in West Wing

    Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett (L) and advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle walk from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama was returning from a two-day trip to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio where he spoke on the economy and energy.  AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    One of President Obama’s closest friends and advisers, Valerie Jarrett has cemented her role in the White House as the administration fights for four more years. In a new profile, the extent to which the president leans on “VJ” is made clearer than ever, with one close adviser calling her “effectively the chief of staff.” Jarrett, herself the child of a family with a long history of political involvement in Chicago, met Obama before he entered politics in the Windy City more than two decades ago and has been at his side virtually ever since.

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