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Valerie Jarrett: Obama Cabinet "far from finished - will have diversity including women, including people of color."


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Premature judgification is rampant these days. Please note: If it persists for more than four hours, see your doctor. Or something. But enough about spoofs of epidemic GOP medical issues and, erm, shortcomings. We have gratuitous criticisms to address!

Or maybe they're not gratuitous, but can we at least give the president time to, you know, complete his Cabinet picks before we all jump on his choices?

(CNN) - "His Cabinet when he's finished - and he's far from finished - will have diversity including women, including people of color," Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN's chief national correspondent John King and chief political analyst Gloria Borger from the White House shortly before Obama took the Oath of Office.

See? Valerie Jarrett's leg isn't the only female representation that we should expect to almost, barely, kind of see in the coming months. We'll likely see all kinds of legs. Patience.

However, I do hope they'll be more prominent in the next group photo. Maybe both legs will even be visible next time. And if the photographer is feeling particularly generous, perhaps a glimpse of an arm would be in order.


"One picture does not speak a thousand words."

"He believes he makes his best decisions when he is surrounded by people who have different perspectives and give him their best ideas," she said. "I spent a lot of time in the Oval Office and I'm in there with a great number of women who he listens to and whose council and advice he trusts greatly."


So to all you critics out there, you don't have a leg to stand on. (Bygones.)


Report: Actor Kal Penn to leave Obama administration


By GottaLaff

No confirmation from the White House yet, but Entertainment Weekly reports that Kal Penn is leaving the White House. But the question remains: Will he get residuals?

Oh, but I kid the White House:

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, has spent much of the past year working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. reported that the actor is returning to Hollywood to resume his acting career, starting with a Christmas-themed installation of the "Harold and Kumar" series.

At least he didn't say he's leaving to spend more time with his family. Points for originality!


VIDEOS: Jarrett v. Gregory, McConell


By GottaLaff

When Bush was in office, there the media and GOP were, cheer leading from the sidelines, rarely challenging the BushCo spokesbots, screaming patriotism at the top of their lungs... at the expense of democracy. After all, one should support one's president in a time of war.

Now Obama is in office. Here the media and the GOP are, resisting, challenging, insinuating, accusing, demonizing. Maybe someone should prop them up in front of a reel of reruns from 2001-2008, and then have the balls to confront them, and force them to answer honestly and thoroughly... if that were even possible.

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Live from the White House - What Do You Want to Know?


By GottaLaff

I'm sure some of you got this e-mail, but for those who didn't:

The White House, Washington

Dear Friend,

As the first year of the Obama Administration concludes with the State of the Union, the White House is inviting Americans across the country to connect directly with some of the President’s senior advisors. Through, these leaders will report to you on their work and answer your questions on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re heading.

Every morning this week at, you’ll find a guest blog post from a senior advisor talking about the progress the Administration has made in a particular area. Then, in the afternoon, that advisor will host a live video chat with the public where you can ask anything you want, or just tune in and see what’s going on.

Join the Discussion

Here’s the schedule we have planned:

  • Monday, 3:30 EST: Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate, discusses the President’s push to create the new clean energy economy.
  • Tuesday, 3:00 EST: Ben Rhodes of the National Security Council discusses the President’s handling of national security and foreign policy.
  • Wednesday, 12:00 EST: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will talk about health reform, from how far we’ve come to how reform will benefit American families and small businesses
  • Thursday, TBD: The nation’s first Federal Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, will join Norm Eisen, special counsel to the President for ethics and government reform, to talk about all the ways in which the President has changed Washington.
  • Friday, 1:00 EST: Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, talks about the President’s primary focus on restoring the economy for all Americans and creating jobs for the American people.

Stop by to read all of the posts, join the chats, and find any updates on times. As the President likes to say, this is the “People’s House,” so we want to open it up and make sure you know what we’re doing to bring the change America needs.


Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to the President