Obama Favorite Valerie Jarrett Will Take $30,000 From Struggling Minority University For One Speech
Rich Mitchell, Conservative Daily News
Note: This post was originally published at 9:25 am and updated as soon as Jarrett’s spokeswoman announced a change of mind.
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett contracted with a struggling minority college to get paid $30,000 for a commencement speech.
Northeastern Illinois University, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, asked Valerie Jarrett to speak at the May 8th graduation to which she agreed for the tidy sum of $30,000.
NEIU Spokesman Mike Hines said in an email, “Valerie Jarrett is a role model for many of our graduating students as well as prospective students. We are pleased that she has agreed to be our Commencement speaker.”
As commencement speaking fees go, Jarrett’s isn’t out-of-line for well-known figures, but NEIU’s president just recently exclaimed that the school was in a “state of emergency” due to funding issues.