Former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in her new book that she complained that there was a “general macho atmosphere” in the Obama White House.
Jarrett explained that after she noticed that the overall dynamic in the West Wing was “causing women to feel uncomfortable,” she took former President Obama aside and confronted him about the problem.
“If you notice, in meetings, the women rarely talk,” Jarrett reportedly told the president.
“And when you aren’t there to ask their opinion, they are becoming increasingly mute.” she added.
After Jarrett said that, Ex-President Obama invited a number of the senior women to the White House in response and discussed how they could make things better over dinner.
During an appearance on Tuesday’s “The View” to promote her book Jarrett also took the opportunity to come out in defense of former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don’t think we should be disqualifying people,” she said. “Let him run. That’s part of what being in a democracy is all about.”
Joe Biden has been accused of inappropriate behavior by two women, complicating his potential run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.