President Barack Obama has been working for change in Washington, but "sadly" he cannot fire Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redksins, said Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president.
"He does not, sadly. His authority does not go that far," Jarrett said on Wednesday in response to a question about the end of football season for the District of Columbia, during an event organized by Politico. That kicked off a chat on Jarrett's work with Obama and her 22-year friendship with the Obama family dating back to political work in Chicago. Jarrett denied that this friendship gives her some clout as a "shadow chief of staff" able to help Obama change his mind on certain decisions, and also denounced reports in the New York Times that she is the lead on a plan for an Obama presidential library. The New York Times reported on Wednesday the Obama administration will announce a search for a home for Obama's foundation and library, which could cost more than $500 million, and that Jarrett had asserted herself as the lead on the project.
"You can't believe everything you read, even if it's in the New York Times," Jarrett said, denying the reports and explaining that Obama is focused on his second term. "[Obama] is not raising any money for it whatsoever. Not while he is in office."
Whatever plans Barack and Michelle Obama make for life after the White House will be determined by their daughters, who are attending school in the Washington area, Jarrett said.