Jarrett Lauds Obama’s First 100 Days - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

jarrettvalerie_edited-1Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama spoke to African American media today about the accomplishments of the president in the first 100 days of his presidency.

Jarrett said that the expected passage of Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget before the end of the month is unprecedented given that it was done so quickly amidst severe economic challenges facing the country.

Jarrett commended Obama for immediately taking “bold action” to address the faltering economy by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, what she calls the most sweeping stimulus bill ever enacted into law. The recovery bill is the president’s short term strategy to mobilize jobs and rebuild the economy over the next two years, and his long term strategy is to invest in energy, healthcare, and education, Jarrett said.

The administration expects that the [recovery plan] will create or save 3.5 million jobs, expand temporary assistance, and extend the tax cut for 95% of working Americans.

“It is designed to help the harsh impacts on our community through this economic storm and to look beyond the immediate crisis and make critical investments for the future,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett who runs the Office of the Public Liaison and heads the Office of Urban Affairs Policy talked about how Obama’s budget initiatives will significantly affect our nation’s cities where 80% of American’s live. She says that one of the biggest challenges to implementing the president’s agenda is getting the agencies to work together and understand that their programs need to complement one another.

“It is important that as these dollars flow that the decisions are being made on the ground and in the communities that are most directly affected,” Jarrett said. “We’re looking at efficiencies in the federal government. It will help our office of urban affairs that the president has recruited a team that understands the importance of working together.”

Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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