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President Obama takes heat for his binder full of white men

President Barack Obama meets with top advisors

President Obama takes heat for his binder full of white men

Obama meets with top advisors.


      President Obama was swept into office by women and minorities, but to look at his cabinet and top staff, you wouldn’t know it.

     As President Obama prepares to appoint Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary, many observers are asking why there aren’t more women and minorities on President Obama’s team this go round.

     The New York Times reports: In the days since, Mr. Obama has put together a national security team dominated by men, with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts nominated to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Secretary of State, Chuck Hagel chosen to be the Defense Secretary and John O. Brennan nominated as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given the leading contenders for other top jobs, including Chief of Staff and Treasury secretary, Mr. Obama’s inner circle will continue to be dominated by men well into his second term.

     Ronald Suskind reported in his book Confidence Men that, during President Obama’s first term, women felt so mistreated by Rahm Emanuel and Larry Summers that they [women] forced a meeting with President Obama to address their issues. After the meeting, nothing changed.

     Congressman Charlie Rangel (D- NY) called President Obama’s diversity record “embarrassing as h*ll” on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. Rangel continued, saying, “We’ve been through all of this with Mitt Romney. And we were very hard on Mitt Romney with the women binder and a variety of things.”

     To Obama’s credit, he did attempt to appoint Susan Rice as Secretary of State, but that appointment was nixed by Republicans, as well as some liberals. But aren’t there other female and minority choices out there for President Obama’s White House staff and cabinet spots?


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