These alumni aren’t too pleased.
From Ward S. De Witt ’62:
When I saw the cover photograph of Valerie Jarrett, I was reminded of the school fight song referring to “Stanford Red.” I am quite dismayed that this radical leftist is featured (“I Want Her Inside the White House,” September/October). She is, as you might recall, the one who recruited the self-avowed communist, Van Jones, to be part of President Obama’s inner circle. [Jones was special advisor on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality from March 2009 until his resignation in September.]
Some have also likened her to a slumlord, er, lady…
From Pete Holzmann, ‘79
How timely to see Valerie Jarrett on the cover. You have highlighted the woman who has just been exposed as one of the most vocal advocates for Van Jones, an avowed communist and public supporter of a cop-killing murderer [death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal], now exposed and removed from government.
What a great lesson: Valerie’s Stanford education did not provide her with a moral compass sufficient to recognize that Jones would be bad news in any administration. I’m left wondering if Jarrett, or Stanford, can recognize the immoral shamefulness of her actions?…
From Tom Flood, ’66:
You cannot imagine my dismay to learn that the architect of the Van Jones debacle is a Stanford graduate.
From George B. Everest, ‘64:
Valerie Jarrett is indeed one of the most powerful women in world. Unfortunately, she is also on the Judicial Watch organization’s list of the “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Officials in America” for 2008. Oh well, she was still one of us.
From Mark Williams, ’74, JD/MBA ’93:
While it astonishes me that you even bothered to run a cover story on Chicago power broker Valerie Jarrett, your piece conveniently passed over a number of key issues…
… Stanford again is blessed to have within its midst a true patriot and esteemed scholar and administrator, who also happens to be an African-American woman. Of course I refer to Condoleezza Rice. The Stanford community as a whole should be treating her better, not groveling at the feet of another Obama henchperson.
Actually, as of May over 700 Stanford community members and nearly 100 academics had signed a petition to investigate the former Secretary of State.
A more recent count shows over 1,300 signees.
Read more alumni reactions here.
Bethany Stotts is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia.