President Barack Obama announced that he and his wife Michelle will stay in Washington, D.C. after his second four-year term is over. The decision was made so their younger daughter Sasha can complete high school at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in D.C. At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Obama said: “Our decision has actually presented a bit of a dilemma because traditionally presidents don’t stick around after they’re done.” Obama Senior Advisor and close friend of 20 years, Valerie Jarrett, is sticking around too. Jarrett will talk about Obama’s legacy on 60 Minutes.
Just hours before the 60 Minutes interview airs, Jarrett (who is also Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls) posted 6 lessons she’s learned over the years on her Twitter account. She delivered them during her 2016 commencement speech at her alma mater, the New England boarding school Northfield Mount Hermon. They are:
- Enjoy the adventure. Relax. You’ll see and absorb so much more if you’re open to the adventure of new possibilities.
- Find ways to stay grounded and whole. Make friends who support & nourish you, whether you’re up or down.
- Life’s a marathon, not a sprint. Be free to change course, in search of what gives you meaning. Only you can discover that.
- Avoid the path of least resistance. It will lead you to a mundane life, & you deserve better.
- Trust your instincts. Listen to yourself. You already know yourself very well, even at 18.
- Compromise isn’t a bad word. It’s essential in a diverse, interconnected world. Never compromise your integrity, core values.
Jarrett’s interview with 60 Minutes will air on May 22 on CBS.