The story is all over the Web. Valerie Jarrett, who has no position in the national security apparatus, has Secret Service protection.
Why? Not to protect her from terrorists.
Maybe to protect her from the Chicago Mafia.
Here is her job, according to the White House. “Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.”
For this, she needs Secret Service protection.
As to why any advisor is entitled to full-time Secret Service protection, the public is not entitled to know. It’s none of the public’s business. She stonewalls as to whether she has such protection. See the video.
Let us understand what the Secret Service is. Historians of the Roman Empire have a phrase for a comparable group of protectors: the palace guard.
It is a mark of sovereignty to be protected by the palace guard. Jarrett possesses this degree of sovereignty.
Karl Rove never did. It is an indication of a new level of Presidential sovereignty that she does.