Same article:Working from a cozy office previously occupied by Mr. Rove, with a staff of nearly three dozen, Ms. Jarrett is the president’s link to the world outside the White House bubble.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice occasionally uses Ms. Jarrett, with whom she has become friendly, as an informal back channel to pass along foreign policy views, officials said.
And Bob Riley, a former Republican governor of Alabama, remembers the way Ms. Jarrett responded to his pleas for equipment to contain the BP oil spill in 2010.“Within 24 hours, what we had been told was an impossible task was done,” he said.
"Ms. Jarrett came to Washington with NO NATIONAL EXPERIENCE. But her UNMATCHED ACCESS TO THE OBAMAS has made her A DRIVING FORCE in some of the MOST SIGNIFICANT DOMESTIC POLICY DECISIONS of the president’s first term, HER PERSUASIVE POWER only amplified by Mr. Obama’s insular management style."
In other words, she made the man who he is and tells him everything to do and say.