Aide to Obama says Valerie Jarrett named as senior White House adviser

President-elect Barack Obama is naming his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett to be his White House senior adviser, a person close to Obama said on Friday. Jarrett, who hired Michelle Obama for a job in the Chicago mayor's office years ago, is one of the president-elect's closest friends and advisers. Her name has been floated for several top administration jobs. Jarrett has a background in real estate and politics in Chicago.