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Valerie Jarrett’s Advice To Obama: Don’t Be “Distracted” By Sarah Palin

Top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and host David Gregory tried his best to get Jarrett to comment on potential Republican opponent in 2012 Sarah Palin. However, Jarrett stayed on message, which she suggested was the same advice she gives the President: stay focused on helping the American people.

Jarrett claimed that Obama does not think about Palin or campaigning because instead, she stated:

As president, his job is really to focus first on that. And if he does that job well, if he looks out for America, if it’s clear that he’s doing everything he can to make sure that hardworking Americans who’ve lost their jobs can go back to work, and if he keeps America safe and he demonstrates that 24/7 that’s his priority, then I think the politics will take care of itself.

Suggesting the campaign in 2012 will be different than the last time where he was just a Senator who had to worry about every move of all his potential opponents, Jarrett clearly believes incumbency gives Obama the luxury of not being concerned with such details this time around. Jarrett concluded regarding Palin, “I think he shouldn’t be distracted by what . . . are perceived as threats.”

However, Obama and his advisors better be careful, because the last presidential candidate to underestimate the seriousness of a rookie opponent was one Hillary Clinton and we all know how that turned out.

Watch the clip from NBC below:

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