Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, took some time in L.A. last week to thank volunteers for the hard work they’ve been doing in the past 2 years and to get them excited for the President's 2012 campaign. My husband and I hosted her in our backyard, with 30 campaign volunteers and political allies, including Los Angeles and State Party leadership.Jarrett personally greeted each of the 30 invitees while 17-year-old Mia H., our resident volunteer photographer shot some great candid photos.
Jarrett spoke about the President’s accomplishments, highlighting Health Insurance Reform, the success of the stimulus on the economy, the improving jobs numbers, and his Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Comprehensive Immigration Reform was a big topic too. Jarrett reminded the guests that President Obama has fought for reform since day one and has prioritized it as a policy initiative this year because it's an economic necessity and businesses and leaders from both ends of the ideological spectrum are calling for reform.
"He can't do it alone."Jarrett urged us to remind our communities that the President has rallied his party around the issue, that once had bi-partisan support but now can't get the vote of a single Republican, and he can't do it alone.
Before she left, Jarrett graciously agreed to take a group photo with us. We loved the visit and hope she'll come back soon!