President Barack Obama cannot force Daniel Snyder to sell Washington Redskins

(WJLA) - The President of the United States is afforded extraordinary power over a number of worldly affairs.

One of those is not to force a change of ownership for the Washington Redskins, however.

During an appearance at Wednesday's POLITICO Money Breakfast at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was asked by POLITICO's Ben White if Barack Obama could affect change at Redskins Park.

Jarrett, with a laugh, said he could not.

"He does not, sadly," Jarrett said. "His power does not go that far."

The Redskins are once again mired in turmoil, just a year after winning the NFC East. Washington currently sits at 3-11, which only trails the Houston Texans as the worst record in the National Football League.

What more, head coach Mike Shanahan has benched quarterback Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season, Shanahan's own future with the franchise is murky and Snyder is locked in an ongoing battle over the team's name.

You can watch a video of Jarrett's exchange at