Close Aide Expects ‘Silence’ From Citizen Obama

Jarrett says Obama will 'leave being the president to the new president'

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:22pm


President Barack Obama will likely give his predecessor the same “silence” that George W. Bush has given him , says one of his closest aides.  

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama, told “60 Minutes” in an interview CBS News previewed on Friday that her boss intends to “be a citizen just like everybody else, and he will behave accordingly, of that I’m sure.”  

“One of the things I would compliment President Bush for — and not just President Bush, but several members of his team, as well — who have said to me, ‘We had our eight years and now we owe you silence,'” Jarrett said.  


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“And I think that’s the way the president will behave in terms of Washington,” Jarrett said. “But does that mean that he has a platform on which he can do great good around our country and around the world ? Sure. But he will leave being the president to the new president.”  

After leaving office in January, Obama will not venture far from Washington’s political action. He and his family will remain in the area while his youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.  

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