President Obama’s Cabinet Lacks Diversity

 

You know, not that I really care that Barack Obama has filled his cabinet with white men (no women or minorities & I really don’t care because I try not to engage in identity politics) but some great points are made here. Let me say  that I don’t care if the men selected by Barack Obama are purple, I am concerned about whether or not they are competent white men who best represent the American people. Far too often in American politics are the arguments center stage regarding racial, gender or sexual preference demographics, when the focus should be on qualifications & competence. I’ll take 20 competent white men over one incompetent woman or black person any day & vice-versa. This is the man who bypassed fiscal issues almost entirely & campaigned relentlessly on “women’s reproductive rights” & towards women in general, as well as Hispanics & the LGBT community. He didn’t bother to campaign to black people because he knew he could ignore us & we’d still vote for him in droves. That’s just what the black vote has become – blindly faithful to the Democratic party. Before any liberals start bringing up the GOP straw man arguments, I have stated many times before that I advocate for black people to register as Independents & look at each platform & forget party affiliation. It is so ironic to me, that the man who almost entirely campaigned on women’s rights, has a cabinet with no women or minorities. I mean, diversity is allegedly a concern of his, right?. Barack Obama is a charlatan & he’ll say and do anything to get certain votes then does whatever he wants to do. No surprise there from he & many politicians, for that matter. Can you imagine the media backlash that a Republican president would receive if he appointed all white men to his cabinet? As I said, I don’t care that Obama has appointed all white men, especially if they are qualified & competent, it’s just the double standard & hypocrisy that I detest. A white, Republican president who appoints no women or minorities would immediately be labeled a racist and/or a misogynist! George Bush appointed more minorities to cabinet positions than Barack Obama, now what does that tell you? The man is as fake on issues of diversity (among others) as a $3 bill. President Obama, after making such a huge deal out of “women’s rights” & diversity, put your appointments where your mouth is or leave it alone:

Roland Martin, Rosa Brooks & Reihan Salam discuss the lack of diversity in the Obama cabinet.

20 Comments

  1. lisa says:

    that fool doesnt have a cabinet…he has a sink….

  2. Joyce Tyler says:

    Talitha, excellent points and I couldn’t agree more. His almost entire campaign was about womens rights. Now that he’s re-elected, he does what he wants. So sad because women and minorities are responsible for his re-election.

    • Jewell S. says:

      Agreed Joyce.

    • Yes they are responsible but I laugh at them because they should not have expected it. Obama has never been a promise keeper nor consistent. he slammed Hillary Clinton for her individual mandate in her healthcare plan in 2007 for example, then turned around & inserted one in Obamacare.

  3. Jewell S. says:

    Great points Talitha & I always enjoy your witty posts!

  4. Mia says:

    Good job T!

  5. Chris says:

    Why say “white men”, when they’re almost all, if not all, Jewish?

  6. Morpheus says:

    A diverse cabinet does not necessarily guarantee policy and action that will benefit a diverse group of Americans. As Melissa Harris Perry recently pointed out, Clarence Thomas and Michelle Bachman would seemingly be the faces of diversity in their respective groups…..but that doesn’t mean that they would work to bring forth action that would be salubrious to African Americans and women respectively.

    Indeed, President Obama did strongly emphasize the issue of women’s rights……and you don’t need 20 women in a cabinet in order to push women’s rights. The idea that he is acting in hypocrisy, because somehow only women can advocate for women’s rights is ABSURD. What matters at the end of the day is POLICY and there is no hypocrisy in play here whatsoever. I would rather have a white man fighting for a woman’s right to choose than a woman of any ethnicity fighting to preclude that right.

    • @Morpheus You said:
      “A diverse cabinet does not necessarily guarantee policy and action that will benefit a diverse group of Americans”

      I never said it did. In fact, in my very 1st sentence I said that I personally didn’t care. The point is, as you saw in the video many liberals do care about “diversity” & so does President Obama according to his own words, so although I think it’s silly for liberal Democrats to make a huge deal out of it, Obama set himself up for such criticism because of his own hypocrisy.

      You said:
      “The idea that he is acting in hypocrisy, because somehow only women can advocate for women’s rights is ABSURD. ”

      Can you please point out where I made that argument? You can’t because I didn’t….what I did say was that he talked HEAVILY in his campaign about women’s rights & was a “champion” for them including equality for women in the workplace & equal pay and yet in HIS workplace (his cabinet that is)…no women. He talks heavily about diversity & therefore needs to lead by example or stop bringing up these things. If they don’t matter then he needs to stop emphasizing them. However, we know why he did – to get votes only.

      You’ve brought up arguments that I never made & misunderstood me. Next time, try asking for clarity first.

    • Morpheus says:

      @ Talitha:

      “I never said it did. In fact, in my very 1st sentence I said that I personally didn’t care.”

      I wasn’t responding to just you.

      “The point is, as you saw in the video many liberals do care about “diversity” & so does President Obama according to his own words, so although I think it’s silly for liberal Democrats to make a huge deal out of it, Obama set himself up for such criticism because of his own hypocrisy.”

      Where is this hypocrisy you speak of? Because I don’t see it at all.

      “What I did say was that he talked HEAVILY in his campaign about women’s rights & was a “champion” for them including equality for women in the workplace & equal pay.”

      Exactly. And his policies in his first four years as President reflect that. Appointing women to his cabinet just because they are women would be highly disingenuous. As you said, I’m more concerned about the competence of the people he appoints and their ability to bring forth meaningful policy that actually benefits women as opposed to just having women in his cabinet.

      “He talks heavily about diversity & therefore needs to lead by example or stop bringing up these things.”

      Again, his policies reflect and promote diversity in a plethora of ways.

      “However, we know why he did – to get votes only.”

      I’m going to have to respectfully, yet emphatically disagree with this statement. If President Obama’s appeal to women was a cheap gimmick (which was exactly what Mitt Romney tried to do and failed miserably), why did his policies prove to be beneficial to women in a plethora of ways? Why were women so drawn to his platform as opposed to his opponent’s? He didn’t wake up one morning last year and decide to be the pro-woman candidate. He’s been a pro-woman President for four years…..and a pro-woman politician for an even longer period of time.

      For the record, I offer my apologies for presuming you were conservative republican. I’m a liberal independent myself and have no compunction about criticizing President Obama when it’s warranted. I just disagree with the notion that his appointments suggest an attitude of hypocrisy.

  7. Morpheus says:

    And one more thing……you can’t cling to an entity such as the GOP, which is arguably the biggest example of non-diversity we have today and then chastise President Obama for appointing white men to his cabinet.

    • @Morpheus
      You’re right actually BUT:
      #1 The GOP doesn’t preach diversity. In fact, most in the GOP don’t like identity politics.

      #2 The GOP has never made women’s right/reproductive rights a huge part of it’s platforms nor campaigns. Some argue that the right is more focused on fiscal matters & the left on social matters & i think that’s accurate.

      #3 The last Republican president DID have a more diverse cabinet even though he was not pushed, coerced nor did he make it a huge part of his platform. he did it on his own.

      #4You said, “you can’t cling to an entity such as the GOP, which is arguably the biggest example of non-diversity we have today ” – I cling to nothing but Jesus Christ, His word and the Constitution. I am a Conservative Libertarian who has quite a bit of disdain for the GOP for their lack of outreach to ANY community (including white), the RINO establishment Republicans among other things, I support the Tea Party and look forward to the rise of a 3rd party like the Libertarian party (if they ever get it together) or the Constitution party. To differing degrees I despise the far right & left – two wings, same bird. So “cling” is grossly inadequate and…doesn’t apply to me.

      #5 I’m a Conservative who has no fear of criticizing the right or the left when necessary. I criticized Bush & I criticize Obama. I also praise when their actions warrant it but so far, Obama hasn’t given me a reason to & Bush only did on his standings on social issues when in office. I am black but I’m not going to give Obama a pass because he is (well, he’s biracial). I didn’t chastise Obama for any direct, personal issues I have with his selections, I pointed out his hypocrisy in light of the fact that many liberals feel that he slapped them in the face. My reaction: Ha! I told you so & you shouldn’t have expected it to begin with.”

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