Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's closest adviser, responded to her critics on the Wednesday afternoon broadcast of The Reid Report:
VALERIE JARRETT: I guess I would tell you when you break glass ceilings you're going to get scraped by a minor chard or two from the glass. But what I really focus on is the hard work that we have in these last two years and I wake up every morning, as I know the president does, focusing on people who are really just trying to get ahead, who are counting on us to work for them.
Congressman [Joyce] Beatty in the conference was talking about women's suffrage and the sacrifices women had to make back then when they went on fastings to try to get attention. Just thinking about Lilly Ledbetter and everything she went through to fight for equal pay. And so, if I take a bump or bruise along the way, that's nothing in compared to the sacrifices that the woman whose shoulders I stand upon along the way.