President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet picks could use a bit more diversity. Make it a lot more, according to concerns raised in The New York Times.
"Mr. Obama has put together a national security team dominated by men, with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts nominated to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the secretary of state, Chuck Hagel chosen to be the defense secretary and John O. Brennan nominated as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency," The Times notes, noting the absence of women appointees for top posts.
Not that the Obama administration has been callous about diversity. "About 43 percent of Mr. Obama's appointees have been women, about the same proportion as in the Clinton administration, but up from the roughly one-third appointed by George W. Bush."
But so far women have largely come in for disappointment. "Many Democrats had hoped that Mr. Obama would name Michèle Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense, to the Pentagon post. They had also hoped that he might name Alyssa Mastromonaco or Nancy-Ann M. DeParle, who are top White House aides, to the chief of staff job, or Lael Brainard, an undersecretary at the Treasury Department, as secretary. But speculation about the chief of staff position now rests on Denis McDonough, the deputy national security adviser, and Ronald A. Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. For the Treasury position, most expect Mr. Obama to name his current chief of staff, Jacob J. Lew."
Via The New York Times.