Washington (CNN)Amid rioting, violence and police brutality, a lot of the focus in Baltimore has been negative. But one figure has drawn bipartisan praise in her handling of the unrest -- a Baltimore mother captured on tape slapping her rioting son.
Baltimore mom draws bipartisan praise
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett joined expected Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Ben Carson in lauding the woman for her parenting skills in an interview on Thursday.
"What she said I thought was rather poignant, which is that she's doing everything she can do to keep her son out of harm's way," she said. "She was extraordinarily emotional, annoyed with him, and probably more than anything else she was scared."
"There are a lot of moms around the country who just want to do right by their children," Jarrett said.
The mother, Toya Graham, was caught on camera by CNN affiliate WMAR slapping and yanking her son out of the riots that have erupted in Baltimore over the past week in the wake of the death of an African-American man in police custody.
She's drawn widespread praise for the move, sparking the #motheroftheyear hashtag on Twitter. Graham told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that she told her son he "wasn't brought up like this," and wasn't worried she was embarrassing him -- rather, "he was embarrassing himself by wearing that mask and that hoodie and doing what he was doing."
"As long as I have breath in my body I will always try to do right by Michael and show him what's going on out in society doesn't have to be you," she said.
Bush, the former Florida governor who's preparing for a presidential bid, said during an event Thursday he "admire[d]" Graham for swooping in on her son.
"I think my mom and the woman who was bringing her child back home have a lot in common, which I admire her a lot for doing what she did," he said. "It was a nice visual symbol of what needs to be restored."
And Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who's expected to officially launch his campaign next week, told CNN's Erin Burnett that Graham displayed a "wonderful example of parental responsibility."
"Parents, grandparents, guardians need to play a very active role in the lives of these children. That's what will mold the kind of adults that they become," said Carson. "I don't necessarily think violence is always the answer, but sometimes in a desperate situation, a mom needs to get her son out of that situation, feeling that he may be in a danger."