David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett see robust Obama agenda ahead

January 20, 2013 9:32:44 PM PST
For the past four years, Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett has called the West Wing her office. It's the place where agendas are implemented and strategies are organized.

"I have the greatest job I could have ever imagined. I will stay with president as long as he will keep me," Jarrett said.

In President Obama's second term, Obama realizes he has the opportunity to finish the work that he began in 2009, according to Jarrett.

His inaugural speech will let voters know more about his agenda.

"I think it's very hopeful optimistic speech with a lot of common ground," Jarrett said. "We might not always get along; let's talk about opportunities where we can come together find solutions."

Obama is looking forward his Second Inaugural Address and hopes to build the confidence of the people who elected him for a second term, according to Jarrett.

"He always works up until the last second," she said. "He's been working on it for a long time and he's ready to speak from the heart. I hope it resonates with everyone in this country."

Obama's closest confidantes and inner circle know the magnitude and responsibility of the moment.

David Axelrod is one of the president's closest friends.

There are challenges ahead but unity that can help Obama accomplish his goals, according to Axelrod.

"It's a wonderful feeling," he said. "We have permission to move this country forward. We don't have permission to put our feet up to celebrate renewed sense of purpose."

The inauguration is a time for national, not party, unity, Axelrod said.

It reminds Americans of everything we have done as a country, he said.

"Chicago should take great pride in their favorite son," Axelrod said.

However in Obama's hometown of Chicago, the focus for many is not on inaugural celebrations but on the city's escalating violence.

Gun violence in Chicago has resulted in the deaths of many children. Critics claim the president isn't doing enough to help Chicago.

"The initiatives that he has announced relative to guns and violence are directly relevant to the problems we are having in Chicago," Axelrod said. "If we could get universal background checks."


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