It was all over the news this morning. Obama’s second term cabinet lacks diversity, it’s rocky, it’s shaping up to be a boys club.
Is this another case of Obama can’t win for losing?
He nominates, Republican Chuck Hagel, who isn’t Republican enough for some Republicans. Thanks Wonkette for your usual most excellent analysis:
His cabinet is going to be less diverse than W’s!
It is shaping up to be a boys club, dontcha know.
Well, I would like to take a look at what has happened so far and see what y’all think.
Granted, with the resignation last night of Hilda Solis and the previous news of Secretary of State Clinton, 2 very prominent positions are slated to be filled with white males. We all know what happened though to Obama’s first choice to replace Clinton, Susan Rice, so it is not for lack of trying.
Also, not all diversity has been lost. Janet Napolitano, remains head of the Department of Homeland Security, and U.N. Ambassador Rice keeps her current spot in the administration, both being top national security roles.
Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plan to remain with President Obama’s administration as his second term begins, according to a White House official.
Jennifer Granholm, Former Michigan Governor, has also reportedly been on
So are the headlines all hair on fire, or is Obama on track to lose some of the diversity that reflects not only his party but the country? Is he choosing the best person for each job, and should we focus on that?
I look forward to a great discussion – how refreshing!
Here is a breakdown of who is on and who is out, courtesy of CNN.
Thanks for reading.