Obama’s ‘First Friend’ Valerie Jarrett Says Donald Trump’s Victory Was ‘Shocking’, But That He ‘Couldn’t Have Been More Gracious and Said Nice Things’ in Their Only Encounter

Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's most trusted inner-circle adviser throughout his two White House terms, says she found Donald Trump's election victory 'shocking'
Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s most trusted inner-circle adviser throughout his two White House terms, says she found Donald Trump’s election victory ‘shocking’

President Barack Obama’s most trusted West Wing adviser found Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton last month ‘shocking.’

Valerie Jarrett, a long-time Obama whisperer whose friendship with the Obamas dates back to his days as a Chicago community organizer, used that word to describe the president-elect’s big win during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

But Trump was kind to her in their only encounter, she said.

Jarrett met Trump once at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington – Trump is pictured listening to Obama lampoon him on stage – and said he was 'gracious'
Jarrett met Trump once at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington – Trump is pictured listening to Obama lampoon him on stage – and said he was ‘gracious’

They both attended the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the event where Obama famously filleted and fried his future successor in front of the entire Washington press corps.

But when the two recognized each other, ‘he couldn’t have been more gracious and said nice things, and I told him it was a pleasure to meet him,’ Jarrett recalled.

‘It was a very brief encounter.’

Jarrett didn’t let on about any worries she may have about the Obama–Trump power handoff.

She told the Times that President George W. Bush’s team was diligent about passing the baton in the right way.

And, Jarrett said, the Obama White House is following suit despite the president’s endorsement of Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

Jarrett (left) has been an Obama-whisperer since the president's days as a Chicago activist; Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton (right) in the November election
Jarrett (left) has been an Obama-whisperer since the president’s days as a Chicago activist; Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton (right) in the November election
Trump expects an orderly transfer of power, and Jarrett said Obama's West Wing will be every bit as diligent as George W. Bush's was eight years ago
Trump expects an orderly transfer of power, and Jarrett said Obama’s West Wing will be every bit as diligent as George W. Bush’s was eight years ago

But that doesn’t mean she’s a fan of the rough-and-tumble political atmosphere that brought Trump to center-stage and then to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The woman nicknamed Obama’s ‘first friend’ said she would miss the ‘high platform’ the current administration has stood on, hinting that Trump’s might be somewhat lower.

‘We have tried to be forces for good and bending that arc of the moral universe closer to justice,’ she said, paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King.

Social media, Jarrett said, was especially coarse and vicious.

‘I think we can do better than that. It is unnecessarily harsh and oftentimes personal,’ she declared.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, David Martosko