White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will also be in town for the wedding of her daughter, Laura Jarrett, to Tony Balkissoon. It appears likely that the Obamas will be attending the wedding, which takes place in Hyde Park, the President’s old stomping grounds.
A contingent from the president’s Cabinet including Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, as well as Chicago attorney Allison Davis and Valerie’s close friend Susan Sher — Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff — also made the invited list.
“It could be the wedding of the year — considering how many powerful people may attend,” said a top Obama insider.
Obama’s very close relationship with fellow Saul Alinksyite Valerie Jarrett has been extensively researched by Breitbart’s Joel Pollak:
As more moderate, pragmatic voices have abandoned the White House to attend to the actual business of governing–Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel being only one of many defectors–Jarrett has remained and her influence has grown….Jarrett endorses the idea that Obama is still a “community organizer” in the White House, and the administration’s Alinksyite tactics of race and class division bear her fingerprints as much as his own.
At least one former Obama administration official, Bill Daley, is skipping town in advance of the nuptials. Jeremy Segal of Breitbart News reports that Daley boarded a plane from O’Hare Airport this morning, where Segal questioned him about whether he left the White House because of Valerie Jarrett:
Segal provided the following transcript of his exchange with Daley (who boarded in first class, naturally) just a few minutes ago:
Breitbart News: Jeremy Segal with Breitbart News. I wanted to ask you two quick questions.
Bill Daley: OK, sure.
Breitbart News: I wanted to know if it disappointed you that the president took on the Catholic Church?
Daley: Who are you with again?
Breitbart News: Breitbart News.
Bill Daley: Is that a blog or something?
Breitbart News: Yes, and a national news site. You know Andrew Breitbart?
Bill Daley: Oh yeah, isn’t that the guy that died?
Breitbart News: What are your feelings about–or were you disappointed that the president took on the Catholic Church?
Bill Daley: He didn’t take on the church…
Breitbart News: He didn’t?
Bill Daley: No, there are some differences in view on certain issues, but he didn’t take on the church.
Breitbart News: Did you leave the White House because of Valerie Jarrett?
Bill Daley: No.
Breitbart News: Would you care to elaborate on that?
Bill Daley: No, it had nothing to do with Valerie Jarrett.
No evidence to support this is why Bill Daley’s getting out of town, but wouldn’t you?
As Obama kisses the ring of his Chicago king-makers, the taint of the city’s dirty politics continues to surround the president.