Top Quotes from Valerie Jarrett

By | November 1, 2016

Overcoming adversity not only makes you stronger, it makes you more hopeful.

Valerie Jarrett

I don’t want to just tell my story – I want to share the experiences, life lessons, and values that have shaped who I am and my ideas for the future.

Valerie Jarrett

Equal pay, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare – everywhere I go around the United States, as I talk to working families, these are the issues they raise… We have over 43 million Americans who don’t have a single day of sick leave, but everybody gets sick. Everybody’s children get sick.

Valerie Jarrett

It’s never too early to start thinking about tuition.

Valerie Jarrett

We don’t want to get distracted by looking back; we need to move forward.

Valerie Jarrett

We know the threats – from global terrorist networks to the spread of deadly weapons. Yet we also know that embedded in this time of danger is the promise of a new day, if we have the courage and commitment to work together.

Valerie Jarrett

When you are in local government, you are on the ground, and you are looking into the eyes and hearts of the people you are there to serve. It teaches you to listen; it teaches you to be expansive in the people with whom you talk to, and I think that that engagement gives you political judgment.

Valerie Jarrett

There are certain things that Americans expect their government to do. Our infrastructure is vitally important. Putting people back to work with construction is important. Our roads, our bridges, our sewers, our waterways, our dams – this is what makes our country so special.

Valerie Jarrett

Let’s figure out ways of keeping our children out of the juvenile justice system and in the classroom so that they’ll thrive. Because if you’re in the juvenile justice system, the chances of your going into the adult penal system are greatly increased.

Valerie Jarrett

We do have to ask ourselves as a culture, what do we want to be? You know, what are our founding values? And if we are a society where everybody should have that fair shot and get a second chance, then we should take the necessary steps to implement that and make it a reality.

Valerie Jarrett

We want to make sure that we incentivize the health care system to be designed to provide you the best quality health care possible.

Valerie Jarrett

My goal in the new administration is to engage all of the stakeholders, everyone who can help us meet the challenges of the 21st century, and ensure that we work together.

Valerie Jarrett

What makes a lot of sense is that, while people are incarcerated, give them the tools they need to be able to have a productive, lucrative living when they leave so they can provide for their families and break that cycle of recidivism.

Valerie Jarrett

I was very lucky – I grew up with two parents who loved each other and gave me unconditional love. They set high expectations for me, and they gave me an infinite amount of support. So I stand on their shoulders; I follow their example in every way.

Valerie Jarrett

Employers who recognize the importance of investing in their workforce have a more productive workforce, a more efficient workforce, a more loyal workforce, less turnover, and, in the private sector, more profitable.

Valerie Jarrett

The impact of solitary confinement can have a devastating consequence to the psychology of the people who are affected.

Valerie Jarrett

Many of our advances in science and technology were seeded through government.

Valerie Jarrett

Each generation has an obligation to pick up the baton. We want young people to feel a sense of responsibility to take that baton and run with it.

Valerie Jarrett

Own your choices. Don’t feel ashamed about what you’re doing, trust yourself that you’re a good parent, don’t let anybody else shame you, and, certainly, don’t shame yourself.

Valerie Jarrett

What are we going to do to make sure people get the skills they need if they are incarcerated so that when they are released to hit the ground running? And what are we all going to do to give people who’ve earned a second chance, a second chance?

Valerie Jarrett

What do we do to just rebuild and focus on creating a big and inclusive tent, where we’re focusing on making sure every child gets that fair shot, that every woman gets to compete on a level playing field, that we are true to the core values of our country, and we’re making sure that we honor those values?

Valerie Jarrett

You can have it all, but not all at once.

Valerie Jarrett

The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree. I think what’s important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward.

Valerie Jarrett

We need to be investing in manufacturing and small businesses. We need to be creating a workforce where Americans can compete in a global marketplace because they have the necessary skills. And we need fairness, and we need a sustainable, strong economy that’s durable for the future.

Valerie Jarrett

Part of what makes America strong is our resilience, tenacity, innovation and our willingness to be optimistic about our future. I know that President Obama is absolutely the best president to lead our country in the right direction.

Valerie Jarrett

The whole issue of healthcare is very complicated. There have been seven Presidents who’ve tried to get healthcare reform passed.

Valerie Jarrett

My daughter is, of course, perfect. Everyone’s child is, but mine really is perfect. But I could not have raised her without my parents. From the time she was seven months until now, I have been a single parent.

Valerie Jarrett

I don’t play golf. I don’t play basketball. I don’t really like cards. I don’t think anybody questions whether or not I have a role to play here. And so I think it is irrelevant whether the president wants to do that in some of his free time. What’s really important is, when we have something to say, does he listen to us?

Valerie Jarrett

The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree. I think what’s important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward.

Valerie Jarrett

The whole issue of healthcare is very complicated. There have been seven Presidents who’ve tried to get healthcare reform passed.

Valerie Jarrett

When you compare the relatively modest tax that will ensue from prohibiting companies from receiving a subsidy and deducting that subsidy, the benefits dramatically outweigh the costs.

Valerie Jarrett

What keeps me up at night is worrying about the moms who depend on ACA for all of the preventive care and not to mention prenatal care, the wellness visits, and the cost of delivery.

Valerie Jarrett

A new era of responsibility is here.

Valerie Jarrett

The Recovery plan will put money in the pockets of the American worker, create and save millions of new jobs and invest in crucial areas such as health care, education, energy independence and a new infrastructure.

Valerie Jarrett

I just worry a lot. I’m a worrier. Michelle and Barack are really dear to me. I mean, I love them. And I don’t want to see them get hurt. Just the nature of politics is hurtful. So every time they are hurt, I get hurt. It’s a lot to ask of people, and it’s a lot to see your friends go through. It’s hard not to get emotional.

Valerie Jarrett

Life is full of trade-offs. At different phrases in your life, you’re able to do certain things that you can’t do at other phases. And you make choices.

Valerie Jarrett

Our democracy… is only as good as the American people demand it should be.

Valerie Jarrett

Given the daunting challenges that we face, it’s important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one.

Valerie Jarrett

President Obama celebrates diversity, yet instinctively seeks common ground and builds on that common ground to make progress.

Valerie Jarrett

But if I were to sum up who Barack Obama is and how he plans to meet this moment with one word, that word would be ‘responsibility.’ Responsibility to each other, our families, our communities, our country, and our world.

Valerie Jarrett

Financial regulatory reform is one of the top legislative priorities of the Obama Administration.

Valerie Jarrett

If left unchecked, global change will create violent conflict, torrential storms, shrinking coastlines, and irreversible catastrophe.

Valerie Jarrett

Instead of sitting on the sidelines, President Obama has made it clear that the US is ready to lead a global effort to combat climate change.

Valerie Jarrett

The President has been a big proponent of the public option since the campaign.

Valerie Jarrett

No one will be forced to take the public option. The word option means choice.

Valerie Jarrett

For those that are working part time, in small businesses, or who are unemployed and do not currently have health insurance, we want to make sure that you are covered.

Valerie Jarrett

One of the major goals of health insurance reform is to bring down the cost.

Valerie Jarrett

Please be assured that as we move along through the implementation of health insurance reform, making sure that we find efficiencies within the existing system, is foremost on the President’s mind.

Valerie Jarrett

Our whole philosophy is one of transparency.

Valerie Jarrett

I care so passionately about improving the quality of life for women and girls, not just here in the United States, but internationally as well. I am a single mom and I raised a daughter who is now a young adult.

Valerie Jarrett

We have held forums here at the White House on workplace flexibility, and the first major bill signed into law by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Lilly was here a few weeks ago because we were trying very hard to push paycheck fairness through the Congress. Unfortunately, we fell two votes short.

Valerie Jarrett

I moderated a panel focusing just on women and the specific challenges that women entrepreneurs face. And we found that around the world, the challenges are the same, whether it is gaining access to capital, risk-taking, or the ability to expand beyond a small business and grow.

Valerie Jarrett

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