The Congressional Black Caucus renewed calls Monday for President Obama to nominate more blacks to Cabinet posts.
“You have moved forward with new Cabinet appointments and yet, to date, none of them have been African American,” the group’s chairwoman, Democratic Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, told Obama in a letter. “You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your Cabinet. However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity.”
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who is black, was said to be in the running for for secretary of state, however, Rice withdrew her name because of wavering congressional support, following her misstatements last year in the aftermath of the fatal Sept. 11 terror attacks in Libya.
The caucus’ criticism of Obama follows similar concerns about a lack of diversity at the highest levels of the administration.
“It’s embarrassing as hell,” Democratic New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, a founding black caucus member, said in early January.
Let’s play the “What If This Were A Republican President?” game. You wouldn’t be able to go anywhere near a television or news site without being bombarded with outrage. If Reagan was “The Teflon President”, Obama is “The President Who Makes Teflon Look Sticky”.