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(MSNBC)   Congressman Charlie Rangel says the lack of diversity in Obama's White House is "as embarassing as hell". In response, the White House points out they do have one black guy in a kinda important position   ( tv.msnbc.com) divider line
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2013-01-11 12:46:52 PM  
3 votes:
There are quite a few hand-wringing articles out there about Obama and his recent spate of appointing "White Dudes". Buried in all those articles are clips like this one, from Slate:

"Rice and Clinton are just a couple of the powerful women who have been in the Obama orbit. There's also Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, outgoing Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The president's top lawyer and top domestic policy advisers are also women. Obama named two women to the Supreme Court, one of whom was his former solicitor general in the Justice Department-a branch headed by an African-American man-and the other who was the first Hispanic woman named to the court. The Supreme Court arguably plays a more lasting role in determining gender and ethnic fairness in American society than any Cabinet post.

The Obama staff directory is a binder full of women. The White House itself employs more women than men.* As the New York Times notes, about 43 percent of Obama's appointees have been women, about the same proportion as in the Clinton administration, but up from the roughly one-third appointed by George W. Bush.

In the end, the only thing that has really changed so far from Obama's first term is that the president intends to replace Hillary Clinton with a man."

Sure, the last few have been white dudes, but thats mainly because Obama decided it was better to try to target the last demographic he hasn't already gotten, wealthy, moderate white dudes. He's paring off the remaining handful of centrist Republicans, ensuring the Dems have every demographic not completely insane in their fold.

Long game, not lack of diversity...
2013-01-11 12:20:14 PM  
3 votes:
Obama has a "diverse cabinet": OMG! Affirmative Action!

Obama has "bunch of whitey" on his cabinet: Whar diversity? Whar?
2013-01-11 12:43:51 PM  
2 votes:
Has everyone forgotten that Obama's original choice for Sec of State was a Black woman?
2013-01-11 12:41:17 PM  
2 votes:
Real diversity is based on economic background, not color. Rich white vs poor white is a much greater difference than rich black vs rich whtie.
2013-01-11 12:29:43 PM  
2 votes:
Personally, I think one of the best criteria should be "Is this the best person for the job?" and not "What sex is this person?"

But that's just me.
2013-01-11 12:08:09 PM  
2 votes:
and if they hired people based on race, they'd get shiat for that too.
2013-01-11 11:51:09 AM  
2 votes:
You know, I'm all for government "looking like America," but there always a chance of over- or underrepresentation.  Looking back over the past four years, I think what's "embarrassing than hell" is people trying to paint Obama as some kind diversity-opposer.  Everyone knows it's a crock.
2013-01-11 01:05:41 PM  
1 vote:
I voted for a candidate once because his opponent was a boring, white, uninspiring washington insider and he was a bilingual, diversity advocating, washington "outsider" with big ideas and a commitment to bringing in people of all backgrounds to the table.

That candidate was President Bush. He did alot of things, and bringing diversity to the cabinet level was one of them. He also found all the cockroaches left from Nixon's White House and listened to them much more than the token melanin-rich appointees, and ended up disgracing all of them and our nation and chasing me out of the Republican party.

I won't be allowing diversity to motivate my voting ever again. I want the best person for the job, and I want people committed to leveling the playing field, but lip service to diversity is no indicator of a candidate's merit...
2013-01-11 01:04:01 PM  
1 vote:

A Dark Evil Omen: Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in.

How so? I'll be the first to admit I have no idea who Jack Lew is.
2013-01-11 12:39:46 PM  
1 vote:
I always like it when rightists try to throw complaints like this back at the center and left, because it's always so very, very ridiculous.
2013-01-11 12:39:32 PM  
1 vote:
Whatever happened to "best person for the job"?
2013-01-11 12:16:23 PM  
1 vote:
I certainly don't want Obama to nominate an old, old wooden ship.
2013-01-11 12:14:35 PM  
1 vote:
It's nice to see that media and the party of white, male privilege are so concerned for the broads.  Very white (male) knighty of them.
2013-01-11 12:05:47 PM  
1 vote:
The notion of diversity in this country has become little more than a political tool. It's simply bargaining chip that can be trotted out to appease, strong arm, or divert attention to the "proper" channel, depending upon the situation. What diversity is not, I've come to realize, is an organically developed realization and application of letting people merely "be". The idea of diversity as a strength breaks down when politics realizes the advantage of grabbing hold of this concept like a leech and begins using it to its advantage. No amount of politically induced racial quotas, grandstanding, and inquisitions will ever allow for flourish of true diversity, one in which the dividing lines between individuals (be it race, gender, sexual orientation, creed etc...) is not a factor. In fact, those political leeches have it in their best interest to keep the question about diversity convoluted and divisive as possible, because its become one of their most effective tools.

And that's my rant.
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