White House Insider: Obama’s West Wing Civil War
All new revelations from our D.C. Insider of an Obama White House in chaos, as Bill Daley does battle with Valerie Jarrett for control of the West Wing.
NOTE: This report is a compilation of two recent interviews with a longtime political operative within the Democratic Party.
Q: We have to start with the release of what appears to be Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate – you’ve danced around the birther claims in the past, indicating there was something to it. Do you still hold to that belief?
A: Yes, I do. I’m not saying the birther stuff is the primary issue that will do harm to the Obama White House. I don’t believe I ever said that. What it is…what it has always been, is an issue that adds more evidence of the ongoing cover up surrounding this man. So he released his birth records. Ok, why so long to do that? That’s the question most of us are answering now. Why the millions spent in court cases? Why wasn’t it shown months ago? Years ago? If anything, the timing of this release raises even more questions about the man, not less. The only reason, and I mean the only reason, that birth certificate came out was because polling initiated by this White House showed the issue was catching on big time with the public. So if the president’s people finally caved on releasing that little tidbit only after they absolutely had to do so for their political survival…well, what else are they hiding? And why won’t they release those records? What the Obama people did here – and I have this on very good authority mind you…I’m as connected now to the goings on – well, let’s just say I’m in it to win it. You’ll understand more of that later…but back to what was the strategy on this thing. The Obama people are hoping that this ends these kinds of questions. They released that certificate, and now they are gonna play it as “it’s all over – no more questions.” They have directly contacted figures in the media to help them do just that. I know this for certain. Absolutely know it. Most who were contacted are going to do just that – but not all of them. Not all of them…
Q: You mean some in the media are going to turn against Obama on this thing?
A: No, I wouldn’t go that far. We can wish right? But no…what I meant is that some of them, a few of them, aren’t going to blindly carry the Obama shit bucket anymore. They may not go after him as you put it, but they ain’t gonna run interference for the man either. They are finally waking up to the fact that this man who was elected is an absolute disaster, and just like me, they don’t want to play a part in helping protect that kind of disaster. And I want to say this as well…pay attention here. The birther stuff has never been the big concern of this White House, right? You get that, right? Pay attention. Things are now moving forward again. You know what I’m talking about. Go ahead and print that. Put it out there. Let them know. We…people who can get it done – we are moving forward again. The truth is gonna set this country free. We had a tough few months, but it’s game on again. We’re gonna put this out here in this forum. It’s being watched closely. I know that. We are putting it out here, and then you’ll see it hit big. Go ahead and print this. Let them know. We got the little -expletive- now. We got them. And I ain’t running scared this time around. Not this time.
Q: What about the West Wing war as you put it? Can we talk about that here? That was quite a story.
A: Hell yes – print it! Oh Jarrett…poor Valerie. She’s picked an enemy far tougher and far more connected than she is. I’ve told you before – there has always been chaos with this White House. With an absentee president who only cares about image, that’s gonna happen. So Jarrett has been running the show. She has built up her presence…her power, from day one. And she’s had her way on almost every critical issue. She pushed out Rahm, she’s alienated many of the most influential Congressional Democrats, she’s pissed off the military – oh that’s another story I’ll have to share with you soon. That one is still playing out right before our eyes though, so we gotta let that one turn out first. She’s gonna get burned on that too. But let’s stick with what happened a few weeks back in the White House that has people talking, and the donors pushing the big concerned button once again.
Now I know I told you that there was a bit of a control fight between Daley and Jarrett, right? I know it’s been a while but I seem to recall that. Well this fight has broke out into all out war between these two. And Jarrett is getting her ass kicked. That’s not to say she won’t claw her way back, she’s got the confidence of the First Lady and the president…but those two are learning they aren’t calling the shots anymore. Too much at stake to allow those two elitist morons to just -expletive- it up.
(Interrupts) What do you mean by that. Sorry to break in there, but please explain what you mean?
A: What I mean is that Barack and Michelle Obama…it was communicated to them in no uncertain terms that they are to follow directions. Every president, as powerful as that position is, can have their chain jerked when a situation requires. That chain has been jerked very hard this past month. Very hard. I don’t want to go into that right now though. I want to tell you about Jarrett and Daley. That story is going to legitimize this with the ones who I want to know. So I’m going back to that.
Daley has quietly been asserting himself in Obama’s White House. They may not like it, but they don’t have a choice. Daley is Chicago, right? It goes back there. All of it. We got you Mr. President. We got you…
Anyways, so Daley has been doing what Rahm could not – he’s rebuilding relations with Democrats both in and out of Congress. The man has what Obama never had – respect within the party. Bill Daley is a solid company man and they know that, and they trust it. They don’t trust Barack Obama, and they sure as hell don’t trust Valerie Jarrett. What isn’t being reported, though it is now increasingly known, is that the Democratic Party has broken into two factions. You have the Chicago Democrats and their supporters, and then you have everyone else. Valerie Jarrett has created this dynamic, and it has reached a point where people are getting very upset, and that means some of them are willing to talk, and that of course puts the president in political danger. And legal danger. Serious legal danger.
So Daley, he’s the fix it guy for this mess, right? He is sent from Chicago, but he’s sent by those Democrats outside Chicago to repair the ongoing damage of the Obama White House. That’s simplifying what he’s attempting a great deal, but there you have it. Now what Daley has that Jarrett doesn’t is the support of the donors. They placed him in that White House to organize it into some semblance of…organization. To make the damn place function – ’cause it ain’t been functioning since Obama got there, right? Well, Jarrett has not accepted this role of Bill Daley. She considers herself the defacto president. She is…how was it put before – she is “Obama’s brain”. In the Obama White House, you have the Oval Office, and you have Jarrett’s office on the second floor. That second floor office has been where the real power has resided. That is no exaggeration. Jarrett has people around the Oval Office who report back to her. Everything. She sets the agenda and that agenda is sent directly to the president, who more often than not, never questions it. And as Jarrett assumed more control over the day to day operations of the West Wing, the president happily backed away. He had little interest in policy. He had even less interest in the work to form that policy. As long as he “looks good” – that’s all that matters to him, right? I know I’m repeating myself a bit here, but I’m getting to it.
So inside that White House, you have these little sub groups right? Each of those groups reports to Jarrett. She oversees everything. Everything. That is, until Bill Daley arrived. Bill started to assert himself. He’s the White House Chief of Staff for -expletive- sakes! He started to bring power back to the first floor of the West Wing, and leave Jarrett more isolated in her second floor office. Jarrett pushed back. Daley took it. Jarrett complained to Michelle. Michelle stood down. She got word to back the -expletive- off and that is what she did. So this situation finally reached a climax recently – Valerie Jarrett lost it. I don’t have the specifics of the meeting, I believe it concerned a staff member, perhaps Geithner…been getting a lot of chatter surrounding Geithner, or what information - whatever it was that set her off. But she lost it. The lady went ballistic, which I’m pretty certain is just what Daley wanted. Something was to have come to her first. An agenda, a meeting plan – something along those lines. Daley froze her out. She was left upstairs while the meeting took place. Staff were instructed – directly instructed, to leave her out of it. Word got back to Jarrett of course. And so, she summoned Daley to her office. Now understand, officially, Valerie Jarrett is a senior adviser, right? That’s her position. She’s not the White House Chief of Staff. That position, if held by someone who knows how to fully utilize the power inherent in that position…that’s a powerful spot. Bill Daley knows that kind of power, and he knows how to use it against a creature like Valerie -expletive- Jarrett. So Jarrett summons Daley to her office. She waits while he is supposed to make the trip upstairs to see her.
Daley blows her off. Ignores her. Now I’m sitting here telling you this knowing you can’t fully appreciate just how satisfying it was for me to first hear that. Jarrett starts asking staff why Daley has not made the meeting. She calls down to Daley’s office and gets the run around. Classic West Wing politicking but being played this time by a guy who really knows how to pull it off. Jarrett refuses to go down to Daley’s office – and by now she’s letting certain staff know she’s not happy about being ignored. Normally, people cross Valerie Jarrett and they are gone. Not this time though. Daley has support far greater than Valerie Jarrett’s relationship to the Obamas. They need him, and he knows that. And when Bill Daley leaves that White House, it will be on his terms, not theirs.
So Jarrett fires off an email to the First Lady’s office, and within minutes, someone close to the First Lady is in Jarrett’s office, no doubt conspiring. Now I want you to get this just right, ok? They were in Jarrett’s office for approximately 12 minutes. 12 minutes. Make sure you put that in this report. 12 minutes. The following day another call is made by Jarrett – she personally makes the call, to Daley’s office. Another request for a meeting. Again Daley ignores her. Later that same day, Jarrett heads over to the residence. This would indicate she is meeting with either one or both of the Obamas. The president was not in the Oval Office that day, and he was not at the White House for about half the day, so it would make sense to assume Jarrett was likely meeting with the First Lady, and I believe the primary reason was the situation with Daley – Jarrett’s anger against Bill Daley. His alleged disrespect of her. I assume this because the next morning, the same individual from the First Lady’s office who had visited with Valerie Jarrett, came to Daley’s West Wing office personally. She was not scheduled and was made to wait, only to later be told Mr. Daley would not be available that day. When word of this got back to Jarrett she lit into staff – and then she made the trip downstairs. She didn’t go to Daley’s office though, but to Mastromonaco’s office across the hall. There was some yelling by Jarrett, some strong profanity…it was heard by staff outside, and then Jarrett left and returned upstairs. She was visibly upset. Her office was on edge – the lady was not happy. Nobody has ever challenged her absolute authority in the White House – until Bill Daley.
That afternoon, a scheduled meeting was held in the Oval Office that included both Bill Daley and Valerie Jarrett. I don’t know what took place inside that meeting, but whatever it was spilled out to the hall outside the Oval Office near the Roosevelt Room. Jarrett was heard hissing something to Daley and jabbing her finger at him. Daley simply turned and began walking back down the hall toward his office as Jarrett stood glaring back at him. Daley then turned back abruptly and made his way toward Jarrett. A member of Jarrett’s staff intercepted him and there was some kind of exchange – not heated, their voices were calm, and Daley even laughed with them – like they had shared a joke. This set off Jarrett, and she flew down the hall – that is how it was described to me exactly – she flew down the hall, and once again she was in Daley’s face pointing at him. By this time the president’s assistant, a young man by the name of Reggie Love, who has been there from day one I believe, emerged from the Oval Office quarters and made his way toward both Daley and Jarrett. Now Mr. Love is a big fella. Large man. He placed himself between both Jarrett and Daley, and then placed his hand on Daley’s shoulder and shoved him. Not hard, but hard enough that Daley took a step back. Bill Daley was heard to tell Mr. Love to “Please back away – now.” He was calm throughout the altercation. Jarrett though was still very…vocal in her dissatisfaction with the White House Chief of Staff, and by now a number of staff were in the hall watching all of this unfold. Oddly enough, no sign of President Obama though, who apparently remained holed up inside the Oval Office, or his study.
After a few more words from Jarrett, Daley turned back around and returned to his office while Jarrett made her way back to the Oval Office with Love. They were in there for nearly 30 minutes before Bill Daley came down the hall and entered the Oval Office himself and another 20 minutes or so passed before Jarrett emerged alone and headed back upstairs. It was then 10 or 15 minutes before Daley came out. He was in a good mood, joking with a member of Plouffe’s staff who he met in the hall. As they were parting, the First Lady was making her way quickly down the hall toward the Oval Office. She walked past Daley without acknowledging him, even though it was clearly heard by others that Daley gave her a friendly greeting. She remained in the Oval Office for no more than a few minutes, though she could be heard shouting right before she came back out – this time with the young man, Mr. Love, walking with her back down the hall. He was apparently struggling to keep up with the First Lady, who was walking pretty damn fast. The staff could hear her coming before they saw her.
Now you might think that Daley caught the worst of all of this, but that ain’t it at all. Later that afternoon, little Valerie made her way down to Daley’s office. And she waiting outside to see him. That tells me, Bill Daley got the better of her – she was made to apologize. Now don’t think Obama was the one who made her do so – he ain’t got the pull or punch to do that. No, somebody outside the White House, somebody – or maybe more than one, told the Obamas and Jarrett that Bill Daley is to be given the utmost respect. He called out the real Valerie Jarrett inside the White House. He showed the staff who she really is. And he is still there standing. That message will not be lost to those in and around the West Wing. It’s a pretty damn remarkable turn of events. I probably ain’t doing it justice in my telling of it, but it’s huge. Rahm was pushed out like a dog. Bill Daley is still holding strong.
Don’t think Jarrett is giving up though. That lady will fight back. Bet on it. Obama is gonna be on the road campaigning 24/7 in the coming months, leaving Jarrett and Daley to square off in creating policy. Those two are gonna be at each other’s throats. My money’s on Bill Daley. If he can help send Jarrett packing, he will be doing this country a huge favor. Huge.
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