This photo, posted on the White House web site this week, continues to cause a stir. President Obama’s cabinet includes no female nominees. In fact, the only woman in the photo is Valerie Jarrett, and the only part of her that’s visible is her leg. She is apparently sitting on top of the president’s desk, obscured by a white, male adviser.
The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus hit Obama today suggesting that he needs some “binders of women” to help him elevate more women to power.
Now Charlie Rangel, the congressman of questionable ethics from New York, is piling on.
“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. ”You have to do these things because it’s the right thing to do as a symbol of what America stands for.”
Obama’s last three appointments – Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), and chief of staff Jack Lew – are all white men, and the White House has faced criticism after a photo it released earlier in the week provoked The New York Times to point out the “all-male look” of Obama’s inner circle. The photo showed Obama meeting with ten advisers, all men.