Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of Andrea Mitchell Reports is among the people who are pretty miffed about President Barrack Obama’s selection of his new cabinet members. “At the highest levels of the White House and in the cabinet you have men and they are white men,” she said.
“And that’s why women, including the women in the White House, I’ve got to tell you, I wrote a story about this this week, and I did not get one complaint. I get lots of complaints from the White House about things that I say and do. And, you know, sometimes it’s correct, sometimes I have to correct something, but not one person, and I have talked to several people inside the White House, women, and they said, “No, we didn't have any problem with what you wrote about this week.” The women are not happy,” she added.
The choices President Obama has made for his second-term Cabinet are all experienced, capable men. Each has had a distinguished career, whether as a legislator, a veteran of past administrations or in another top government post. But in nominating Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton, former senator Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be Treasury secretary and John Brennan to be CIA director, and in keeping Tom Donilon to run the National Security Council, the president has open floodgates of criticism. He is being accused of setting up his ‘all boys’ club’.
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is also one of the people who feel, the cards could have been dealt better. “The lack of women among the new appointees “disappointing” she said while on Andrea Mitchell Reports.
Similarly a discussion on President Obama's all-male cabinet nominees got MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Joe Scarborough accusing his co-host Mika Brzezinski over the topic as well.
The above image released by the White House does show a disparity where as what people expected and even now demand is a bit of diversity among the top most ranks. The fact that not even one of the recent appointments is either black or a woman is creating a lot of bad vibes.
Names like Michèle Flournoy, Alyssa Mastromonaco or Nancy-Ann M. DeParle (top White House aides) for the chief of staff job were just a few names people had in mind for the selection.
But the recent nominations raised concern that women were being underrepresented at the highest level of government and would be passed over for top positions in future as well.
However, we feel it is taking it a bit far. Selecting people for such high and crucial positions is a matter of severe seriousness and gender and skin color should not be a priority.