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White House offers Texas Gov. Rick Perry a meeting with Obama on immigration

White House offers Texas Gov. Rick Perry a meeting with Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) --The White House has responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's refusal of a "quick handshake" with President Obama by inviting him to a discussion on immigration.
Frances Burns

WH: Obama wants to work with Congress, but will use executive order

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- President Obama wants to work with the U.S. Congress, but isn't afraid to wield his executive pen if needed, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
State of the Union: First lady's guests announced

State of the Union: First lady's guests announced

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- People at the center of some of 2013's biggest stories will join first lady Michelle Obama for one of the biggest moments of the political year.
Gabrielle Levy

White House summit seeks commitment from higher ed, businesses

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday he will use the power of the pen and persuasion to help all Americans take advantage of the nation's economic growth.
George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

George W. Bush shows off paintings while traveling on Air Force One

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The flight on Air Force One to South Africa was a crowded affair, with a former president, two former first ladies, and a slew of advisors hitching a ride with the Obamas headed to the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: Obamacare rollout

The Issue: Obamacare rollout

Ever marvel at a magician pulling a quarter out of someone's ear or guessing the card someone is holding is the Queen of Hearts?
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

Report: White House plans to delay individual mandate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The White House may try to delay the deadline for the Affordable Care Act individual mandate by as much as six weeks, NBC News reported in Washington Wednesday.
Oprah Winfrey has falling-out with the Obamas?

Oprah Winfrey has falling-out with the Obamas?

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama have had a falling-out and the media mogul reportedly declined to promote healthcare reform as a result.
Obama: Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

Obama: Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said some blacks have had "unimaginable" success, but the wealth gap between blacks and whites has grown since the Civil Rights era.

Administration delays healthcare employers' mandate

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it would delay a key provision of the Affordable Care Act to give U.S. employers "more time to comply with the new rules."
A-list comes to Washington for White House Correspondents Dinner

A-list comes to Washington for White House Correspondents Dinner

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Politics, entertainment and the news media blended in Washington Saturday for what has become called the nerd prom, the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Obama: 'Optimistic' Congress can act to avoid fiscal cliff

Obama: 'Optimistic' Congress can act to avoid fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday Senate leaders were working on a budget deal "that will pass both houses" of Congress before the end of the year.
Book: Clinton pushed Obama on bin Laden

Book: Clinton pushed Obama on bin Laden

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the driving force behind the decision to kill Osama bin Laden, pushing President Obama to act, a new book says.
Obamas in Chicago for wedding

Obamas in Chicago for wedding

CHICAGO, June 16 (UPI) -- President Obama and his family spent a rare weekend in their Chicago home while in town for the Saturday wedding of a key adviser's daughter.
Book: Holder had considered resigning

Book: Holder had considered resigning

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder considered resigning two years ago at a time when he felt isolated within the Obama administration, a book says.
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Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, where First Lady Michelle Obama spoke, on January 20, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. Prior to that she served as a co-chairperson of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children in Shiraz, as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries' health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, returning to Chicago in 1963.

In 1966 her mother, Barbara T. Bowman, was one of four child advocates that created the Erikson Institute. The Institute was established to provide advanced knowledge in child development for teachers and other professionals working with young children.

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