WaPo: Say, Obama’s 2nd-term appointments seem to have something in common

posted at 11:21 am on January 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Can you guess what it is?  Remember, this is the administration of Hope and Change … and diversity:

President Obama brought his top Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency chiefs together Monday with their potential replacements, and some critics noticed one thing that stood out: Each of them was a white man.

Obama, who made women’s issues a core of his reelection bid, has nominated men to serve in three of his most prominent national security positions, including secretary of state, where Sen. John F. Kerry (D) was named last month to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. The president on Monday announced former senator Chuck Hagel for the defense job and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to head the CIA. …

The pattern is particularly striking for a president who was elected with majority support from women and racial minorities and focused heavily during his reelection campaign on women’s health concerns and equal pay in the workplace. Obama won 55 percent of the female vote to Republican rival Mitt Romney’s 44 percent.

Second look at “binders full of women“?  Mitt Romney got roasted for that turn of phrase, which was amazing in itself, since it was a pretty clear example of his demand for diversity in his gubernatorial Cabinet (which ended up with 50% women).  Team Obama ran ads in the final week of the election hammering Romney on this phrase, claiming it demonstrated his inability to relate to women despite his track record in Massachusetts.

That’s why this article from the Washington Post is worth noting.  It’s not that I particularly care for identity politics, but that was the game imposed by Obama and the media just a couple of months ago, so … goose, gander, sauce, some assembly required.  Normally I’d be much more inclined to agree with Jay Carney on this point:

Obama is committed to “finding the very best people for each job,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, when asked about the lack of women among the second-term appointments. “And that’s what he’s done today, and that’s what he’ll continue to do.”

And one can make the argument that Obama did that with John Kerry — especially after the White House ended up leaving Susan Rice holding the bag on their Benghazi fantasy.  Kerry has served for years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairing it for last three-plus years, and has understudied for this role in clear expectations of becoming Secretary of State at some point.

But in what universe is Chuck Hagel the most qualified candidate for Secretary of Defense?  Apart from two terms in the Senate, and an inclination to tweak his fellow Republicans, it’s mystifying.  Hagel never even sat on the Senate Armed Services Committee during his tenure — he served on Intelligence, Banking, and Foreign Relations committees.  And as David Nakamura reminds readers, there was an eminently-qualified female candidate for that slot, too:

Among those passed over to lead the Pentagon was Michele Flournoy, who became the highest-ranking woman to serve in the Defense Department when she was confirmed as undersecretary of defense for policy in 2009. Flournoy, 52, resigned from the role last February, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. But she also served as an adviser to Obama’s reelection campaign and was considered a top candidate.

Instead, Obama chose Hagel — who got to know Obama when he was a senator — though the Nebraska Republican has been criticized by GOP leaders and some Democrats for statements on Israel.

“I think he’s blowing a huge opportunity here for reasons I don’t even get,” said Rosa Brooks, a professor on national security at Georgetown University who spent two years working for Flournoy at the Pentagon.

Well, if Obama was a Republican, the conclusion would be obvious, no?  It would be a war on wimminses.  At least the Post bothered to notice the issue in a Democratic administration.

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He can say he is bipartisan and tweak the pubs at the same time.

CW on January 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

“God damn America” – some guy

Shy Guy on January 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Yeah, not interested in playing the identity politics game. Leave that to the Dems.

sauldalinsky on January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

But in what universe is Chuck Hagel the most qualified candidate for Secretary of Defense?

Boom! Head shot!

apostic on January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The press will give him a pass.
As always. Haven’t you gotten used to it yet?

LeftCoastRight on January 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I guess the liberal demand for quotas doesn’t apply when Dems are in charge.

Liam on January 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Yeah, not interested in playing the identity politics game. Leave that to the Dems.

sauldalinsky on January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

That’s kind of the point.

CW on January 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The vast majority of those who voted for Obama do not care about anything he does as long as he gives them the FREE STUFF… That is the reality of the electorate that vote democrat… It has been the reality with them for a very long time…

mnjg on January 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Maybe Romney can loan him the binders.

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Obama WISHES he had binders full of women.

portlandon on January 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Hey, give Obama a break. He was just saying all that stuff to get women to vote for him, and sure enough, they lapped it up, and voted for him like the good little girls they are. They (and blacks) don’t seriously expect one of their number to be in the cabinet, but as girls like to say, “it’s the thought that counts.” Besides, they’ve had Hillary as their token for the past four years, and that was enough for them (and everybody else, for that matter.)

Scriptor on January 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

“Hold on a minute, sweetie…”

-Bark the Dog Eating Wonder

Bishop on January 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

War on Women!

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

How are you guys getting women squeezed into binders? I’m still using apartments.

Axe on January 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Cut him some slack. I’m sure he could find few candidates as feminine as John Kerry.

Red Cloud on January 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Puhleze – Everyone knows that its all about lip service, good intentions, and having the correct party label.

Like actually providing greater opportunity actually means anything when you are a Republican.

Seems that feminists and minorities like pretty words and Democrat empty promises…not equality

abnormal_1 on January 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

YOU LIE.

Good Lt on January 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

“Diversity for thee, but not for me.”

– Barry “l’etat, c’est moi” 0bama

UltimateBob on January 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Obama is committed to “finding the very best people for each job,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, when asked about the lack of women among the second-term appointments. “And that’s what he’s done today, and that’s what he’ll continue to do.”

Wait… you mean it’s okay to find the best person for the job regardless of sex, race, or other unrelated factors? Huh. Well, if Obama says it, it must be true. So why don’t we try that, just as an experiment, in our schools and private businesses? It’s so crazy it just might work!

Shump on January 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Democrats: The party of old white guys.

CurtZHP on January 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The pattern is particularly striking for a president who was elected with majority support from women and racial minorities….

Who once again will get screwed by The Chosen One. But it won’t matter, they’ll take whatever crumbs their Obamassiah throws their way.

GarandFan on January 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Its all good
-dem women and minorities

All hail dear leader!

cmsinaz on January 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

This bothers me more that their lack of lady parts.

Fallon on January 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Maybe Romney can loan him the binders.

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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I gotta start logging in earlier…
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And these two guys are even whiter than McCain… WTF?
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RalphyBoy on January 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Well, if Obama was a Republican, the conclusion would be obvious, no?

you’re not kidding…

cmsinaz on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

What? There’re no wymenses in the coven?

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

War on Womynz!!!

trs on January 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I’m gonna cut Barry some slack here. In his second administration, women will still be allowed to fetch coffee at meetings.

a capella on January 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Heh. He’s all yours! Women will still be allowed to get coffee and blacks will still be allowed to intern. Gays will no longer have their phone calls returned, however.

a capella on January 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…
libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Well, look, after you nominate a questionable third rate junior senator from Chicago with no legislative accomplishments or experience for your chief executive, it would seem like too little too late, don’t you think?

Cleombrotus on January 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

a capella on January 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

but of course

cmsinaz on January 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You Won. Live with it!

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

They also missed the fact that all of the apointees are incompetent.

stephana on January 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Ha!

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Face it–Obamuh hates women. If you were married to the poor excuse nag he calls a wife, wouldn’t you?

stukinIL4now on January 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Obama would have hired Sandra Fluke, but he couldn’t afford her birth control demands.

portlandon on January 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Give him a break, Obama couldn’t possibly have found anyone with such stellar backgrounds and remarkable accomplishments as these two. /

If I were him I’d ask Petreus to come back and find a ham sandwich to be the next SOS.

scalleywag on January 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Yeah, not interested in playing the identity politics game. Leave that to the Dems.

sauldalinsky on January 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Duh, irony is indignant.

All throughout his campaign he played it…and fooled them identities. May they all go to hell and may he dupe them on-going.

All Kids Left Behind…because Obama ‘loves’ them

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Hell, I figured the Squaw was a shoo in for one of these
positions….of course she’s White…er…appears to be
anyway…

ToddPA on January 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

It’s obvious, the Democrat Party is the party of pasty-faced white men.

Wait….. is that right? Is this a misprint?

Or, maybe Obama’s 1/2 black side is suffering from black guilt? If there is such a thing.

IndieDogg on January 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

For Pete’s sakes; Obama hangs out with so many white people he looks like Tiger Woods at Augusta National.

radjah shelduck on January 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Is there not a place for Jay Z anywhere in his cabinet? Or he he saving an ambassador post for him?

scalleywag on January 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Hey, give Obama a break. He was just saying all that stuff to get women to vote for him, and sure enough, they lapped it up, and voted for him like the good little girls they are. They (and blacks) don’t seriously expect one of their number to be in the cabinet, but as girls like to say, “it’s the thought that counts.” Besides, they’ve had Hillary as their token for the past four years, and that was enough for them (and everybody else, for that matter.)

Scriptor on January 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

And so what was the point of expanding the vote beyond white males?

Nutstuyu on January 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Normally I’d be much more inclined to agree with Jay Carney on this point

Now who is going to clean this vomit off my keyboard?

Selkirk on January 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You’re being scroomed, royally, not in good ways, and the Schadenfreude continues. You deserve the raping, into oblivion. He hates you all and you don’t see.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

They also missed the fact that all of the apointees are incompetent.

stephana on January 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Yeppers, but that is a ‘feature’ – Obama has to somehow appear competent. It’s why he’s got Biden as his sidekick.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Obama WISHES he had binders full of women.

portlandon on January 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Uh, to a fan of Chicago bathhouses, like ol’ Barry, I don’t think “binders” means what you think it means.

Nutstuyu on January 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You’re being scroomed, royally, not in good ways, and the Schadenfreude continues. You deserve the raping, into oblivion. He hates you all and you don’t see.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Just be sure to use your special womansy powers to block the rape from sticking.

Nutstuyu on January 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

White Zombies have flanked us!!

Sherman1864 on January 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

WH: We pick Cabinet based on qualification, not gender…

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Or should that be?

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

WH: We pick Cabinet based on qualification, not gender…/

Bmore on January 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The pattern is particularly striking for a president who was elected with majority support from women and racial minorities and focused heavily during his reelection campaign on women’s health concerns and equal pay in the workplace. Obama won 55 percent of the female vote to Republican rival Mitt Romney’s 44 percent

…so women ARE dumber than men!

The left needs to stop rolling over on this stuff…

libfreeordie on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

…oh wait!…I’m sorry!…never mind!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM