Obama Cabinet Shy on Southerners, What's Up With Y'ALL?
Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama has moved faster than any modern president-elect in selecting his Cabinet, scouring Wall Street, academia and the Senate to assemble a diverse team that has won bipartisan praise.
“He has every basic entity within his government,” said U.S. Representative David Scott, a Georgia Democrat. “He’s got Jewish people, he’s got Protestants, he’s got white, black, you name it.”
Republicans including Arizona Senator John McCain, Obama’s opponent in the presidential election, also have applauded his choices.
Still, the Democrat’s star-studded roster lacks representatives from two groups: Southerners and the Republicans that he vowed to appoint during the campaign.
Forty-two days since winning the presidency, Obama has picked 11 members of his Cabinet and 11 senior White House aides.