Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Thursday morning that though she still hopes to “have an impact” after leaving the White house, she and Michelle Obama likely won’t run for public office.
“I certainly hope we can all continue to be forces for good after leaving the White House,” President Obama’s top advisor told the “Morning Joe” host. “Your life hopefully doesn’t end, and for me the passions and issues I care so much about are ones that lend themselves to work whether you’re in government or outside of government, and I’m going to devote myself to them.”
“What I’m more interested in is, to the point that you were getting to about running for office, is to help some young people run for office, trying to find that next generation,” she continued. “I really want to help get people to appreciate the impact they can have if they get in and whether they run for office or serve in the public sector.”
“What about encouraging your friend Michelle?” Brzezinski pressed forward.
Jarrett flatly stated that she doesn’t “think that that would be fruitful.”
“I will encourage her to be a force for good, I don’t think she needs much for that, she was an extraordinary first lady, but I don’t think she wants to run for office,” she added. “I think she appreciates she has this extraordinary platform — as does her husband, they’re young, they’re very popular, the president left office with very high approval ratings as did she — so how do you take that and galvanize the american people, citizens, to actually work to solve some of the big challenges that lie ahead.”
“Those are solution that do not have to begin in Washington.”