Who could possibly signify tolerance, openness and racial and gender clarity at the top of government more than Barack Obama? Just as gays say his pick of Rick Warren was all wrong, and many Latinos say Bill Richardson is a “token,” some women’s groups now are saying Barack Obama could and should have been doing more for them…
What’s made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Republicans and two Asians, including a Nobel Prize winner?
By Jessica Yellin
The answer: President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Obama is taking the big-tent approach to governing and wanted a Cabinet that stretches the tent wide.
“I think people will feel that we followed through on our commitment to make sure that this is not only an administration that is diverse ethnically, but it’s also diverse politically and it’s diverse in terms of people’s life experience,” Obama said December 16.
It might be diverse, but not everyone is happy. Some women’s groups are disappointed. Among Obama’s strongest backers during the election, they now say they don’t have enough seats at the table.
That’s because of Obama’s 20 announced Cabinet-level posts, five went to women: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency chief.
A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state.
United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice listens as President-elect Barack Obama, not pictured, announces his national security team at a news conference in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)