Ed Klein, the longtime journalist, author and commentator, once described Barack Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as the "de facto" president.
There's considerable evidence of Jarrett's influence on Obama's career, with a Whistleblower magazine issue describing how she hired Michelle Obama in Chicago, gave the couple "access to the exclusive world of upper-class black Chicago politics," and financed and promoted Obama's legitimacy.
Observers say there are few major decisions that Obama makes without her input.
Now there's a report from Klein that Jarrett has been meeting with a woman that Obama may want to promote as the Democrats' presidential nominee for 2016 who could continue his legacy.
And it's not Hillary Clinton.
Klein, interviewed on "Fox and Friends" about his new book, "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas," said Jarrett has been holding meetings "inside the White House and outside" with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Klein said Jarrett is the consigliere of the Obama White House and has "huge power."
Warren, who drew attention for her dubious claim to be a minority, is being "urged" to run, because the White House believes she would "carry out his legacy a lot better than Hillary," he said.
Klein said his source is someone "close to Valerie Jarrett I've been talking to for the past couple of years."
He said it's part of the "blood feud" in the Democratic Party, which has pitted Obama's far-left positions against the more "centrist" Clinton.
Klein said the development is Bill Clinton's worst nightmare, because of an apparent understanding that Obama, having defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary, eventually would back her for the presidency.
Others also reported Klein's observations about Obama's outreach to Warren.
"Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valeria Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring," Klein wrote in the New York Post. "In the past several weeks, Jarrett has held a series of secret meetings with Warren. During these meetings, Jarrett has explained to Warren that Obama is worried that if Hillary succeeds him in the White House, she will undo many of his policies."
The developing gap apparently is mutual. The Wall Street Journal said Hillary Clinton "has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery."
"I don't think the economy has recovered in a way that has helped them or their families," she said in a recent stop in Colorado.
"In tone and substance," the report said, "the presumed presidential candidate has made clear in recent public appearances that she wouldn't be running for a de facto third Obama term in the White House. The strategy could help Mrs. Clinton tackle one of her biggest challenges if she decides to run: how to separate herself from Mr. Obama without alienating Democrats and Obama supporters."
Jarrett's enchantment with Obama was made clear when she told author David Remnick of "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama": "I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability – the extraordinary, uncanny ability – to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He's been bored to death his whole life. He's just too talented to do what ordinary people do."
It was Jarrett brought into the White House "green jobs czar" Van Jones, who has described himself as a "rowdy black nationalist" and radical "communist," having founded the communist group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement.
She also brought in Federal Communications Commission "chief diversity officer" Mark Lloyd, who once advocated having "white people" step down from positions of power to make room for "more people of color [and] gays." Lloyd discussed instituting a 100 percent tax on broadcast outlets to fund alternative viewpoints and advocated reinstatement of the blatantly unconstitutional "Fairness Doctrine" to throttle conservative talk radio.
Jarrett also brought in Cass Sunstein, the powerful White House "regulatory czar" who has advocated that U.S. taxpayers' wealth be redistributed to poorer nations and that government infiltrate chat rooms and social network sites to clandestinely undermine citizens' belief in what he considers "conspiracy theories" – including the belief that global warming is a deliberate fraud.
Meanwhile, Warren, now a senator from Massachusetts, has created her own storms.
She was caught up in controversy over her heritage during her heated campaign against Sen. Scott Brown in 2012.
The Washington Post reported Warren was claiming Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, "but the only proof so far seems to be stories she says she heard from family members as a child."
It reported the New England Historic Genealogical Society found a family newsletter that alluded to a marriage license application supposedly listing Warren's great-great-great grandmother as part Cherokee. But the author said she didn't have documentation of the marriage license application, and she doesn't know who sent her the reference.
The Boston Herald reported Warren listed herself as a minority in the American Association of Law Schools directory, and Harvard Law promoted her "supposed lineage" when the organization was facing questions about its diversity.
But when Warren worked at the University of Texas, she indicated she was "white."
Nevertheless, the Post reported, Penn's 2005 Minority Equity Report "identified her as the recipient of a 1994 faculty award, listing her name in bold to signify that she was a minority."
The Post's "Fact Checker" concluded: "The outstanding questions about Warren's directory listing – and her relying on family lore rather than official documentation to make an ethnic claim – certainly raise serious concerns about Warren's judgment."
WND reported the dispute remains unresolved.