Don’t blink or you might miss it.
Earlier this week during NBC’s exclusive peek inside the world of Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest adviser, the network’s cameras picked up on a little something that may have gone unnoticed. It has to do with three little figurines placed in her office, right in front of a picture of Jarrett.
Those figurines? They’re all bowing down to her.
It went unmentioned in the news package (but those who put it together did find it significant enough to show). You can watch it at the one-minute mark:
So does Jarrett really consider herself someone to be worshiped? Although her personality has come under intense scrutiny in the past — and there are even accusations that she wields immense power in the Oval Office — the figurines could just be an inside joke or a white elephant gift for all we know. In fact, it could just be a way to poke fun at those who say she really runs the White House.
Either way, it is a fun fact worth noting.
A quick Internet search reveals that the figurines are part of a picture frame that’s available for purchase. How much? According to the site AllModern.com it can be yours for $18.47:
We’re reaching out to the White House to see if there’s a fun story behind the frame.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jarrett responded to our story with a little explanation. As we suggested, she said it was a gag gift:
Don’t worry friends, it was a gag gift. Us strong women don’t need worship — just an economy for the 21st century. #WomenSucceed
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) July 1, 2014
(H/T: Sharp Elbows)