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Obama’s Top White House Aides are Almost All Men

by Keith Koffler on November 28, 2012, 9:31 am

As President Obama moves to revamp his senior White House staff in the weeks leading up to Inauguration Day, he may want to consider adding something distinctly lacking from the highest echelons of the West Wing: Diversity.

Incredibly, nearly all the most senior advisors to the nation’s first black president – whose appeal to minorities and women won him reelection – are white males. Democrats made much during the campaign of an alleged GOP “war on women.” But Obama’s own battalions include relatively few of the distaff variety.

Of what are arguably the ten top most important White House advisers, only one – Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett – is a woman. Jarrett is also African American.

But the other nine are each white men: Vice President Joe Biden; Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Counselor to the President Pete Rouse; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer; Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients; and Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Krueger, Sperling, Lew, and Geithner
Photo by Keith Koffler

White House officials are particularly powerful because, unlike members of the Cabinet, they have constant, direct access to the president.

Even if one expands the list to a broader basket of powerful players, including a few outside the White House, Obama isn’t doing very well on the diversity scale.

Only one of a group that now includes 24 advisers, Domestic Policy Director Cecelia Munoz, is Hispanic. Just seven – Munoz, Jarrett, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the White House Counsel and two deputy Chiefs of Staff – are women, less than a third of the total.

The rest are men: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan, Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors, chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, a third deputy chief of staff, and the Council of Economic Advisers Chair. Of these, only two are minorities – Holder and Nabors, who are each African American.

One chit in Obama’s favor is that Jarrett may be Obama’s closest aide. It’s also worth noting that he has another African American woman close to him who provides important advice, although she is not exactly an appointed official: Michelle Obama.

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Teresa November 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Maureen Dowd ought to write a column on this — it begs for ridicule.

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

Maureen will not touch anything that might not Bear well on BHO ZO!

Chicken Sock Puppet November 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Statistical facts beg for ridicule?

All he did was count the number of people on 0bama’s staff that were white males and then compared them to the number that were not.

Scottso November 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

Diversity is great. But diversity of opinions are better.
The only opinion any of these people have is how to consolidate more power into the executive branch.

Whether they are male or female they have one thing in common…
They can’t be trusted.

toddyo November 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

You beat me to it. And just who are aming the most evil and devious amng them? Try Consigliere Valeriz Jarret who is on a “pay back” vendetta.

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

These shown are Nothing more than Leftovrer BUREUCRAT CLINTONITES TROLLS who finally have found their IDOL to allow tham full POLITBURO type of ELITISM which precludes INTELLIGENT THINKING…

srdem65 November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

They’re not the “old, White men” that the Dems like to ridicule with the ageist, sexist, and racist taunts they throw at the Repubs, but in a few years they too will meet that fate.
Racial and sexual diversity doesn’t equal competence or excellence in any field or venue and it wouldn’t make any impact on the way the WhiteHouse operates.

Just2old November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

The hypocrite-in-chief

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

He’s just saving Money on Birth Control pills… that’s DA PLAN!!!

Sean November 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

Does it really matter? Why can’t we just pick the best of the fields? It doesn’t really matter which gender they are, so long as they are best there is to offer.

bnchy November 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

It does matter because Dependocrats are hypocrites who preach one thing but do another

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

YEAH just watch WEASEL REID and Daffy DUrbin waste time over INSANITY of their makinf=g on the SEnate floor while covering up for OBama lack of Leadership as the Unions are back Campaigning to allow tax on the 1% which will pay for about 10 days of Interst on the TRILLIONS of borrowed money while they DEmand more borrowing so as to allow them to Funding Unions… Solyndras.. and Wind mills in ALASKA…( THEY FREEZE UP YOU SEE)… Is this that TIME for Flushing the Senate Touile and may be organyze for athird Party of INDEPENDENTS for the next Round of Elections??? Both Parties seem mired in Stupoidity and only working for theirb own re-election….Just Saying..

jay November 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hey Keith, you are forgetting Obama’s mama-n-law! Movin’ on up to da white house…where she finally got a piece of the lie…..

Bulldog November 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

He may appoint Larry Sinclair to something soon.

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

Or FERRAKANH for Director of anti WHITE policies …

optamistt November 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

How about qualified PEOPLE in these positions-regardless of sex,race or any other stupid reason to dumb down our country.Affirmative Action kills the fish from the head down.

Danbury November 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

“Black” President? He’s no more black than he is white!

And Valerie Jarret was born in Iran. She’s probably running the U.S. government far more than the Mulatto who reads a teleprompter, campaigns, and plays golf. Obama just does what the voices tell him to, mostly the female Muslim who runs the sock-puppet president.

“African-American” is not a race, Teresa Kerry is African American and 100% Caucasian.

Africa has other races than Negro and to refer to “African-American” as Negro is doing a disservice and lowering expectations for such a person. South Africa has a large Caucasian population, mostly Dutch in heritage.

SKEPTICAL OBSERVER November 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

CORRECTAMUNDO!

Plus Obama is half WHITE and IF other sources are to be believed about 40% ARAB – and ONLY 10% BLACK..!!.

Vince November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

You’re wasting your time Danbury. Obama is an example of PERCEPTION trumping REALITY. If the people choose a false perception then that becomes our political reality…for better or for worse. Sad, but true.

kelly November 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

Mulatto? Really?!! Might as well call him colored.

You still call Asians, orientals too?

Susan November 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Oh my…a newspeak editor.

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

Just call him OREO….

wray November 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

You keep posting things liek this the white house will deny you access

joyce small November 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

You might also like to know that the White House Social Secretary
is also a man…Jeremy Bernard I believe his name is.

SKEPTICAL OBSERVER November 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

I DOUBT THAT “HILL” IS A “CLOSE” ADVISOR – MORE OF A “…friends close but enemies closer.” STRATEGY.

Ernie November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

Let’s not make a big deal of this or he’ll go find more like Valerie Jarrett!

Langley Spook November 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

more Romulans in the Cabinet?

twan jim November 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

This will get zero traction from the leftist media because it’s their guy, The One, so, total waste of space to bother reporting this one.

Vince November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

Unfortunately true.

Oh Wow November 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

Valerie Jarrett hates too much.

linda November 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

My only question is, “Who was the most qualified”? That should be the stance of everyone who truly cares about equality. Why should we support hiring decisions based upon gender, race, age, etc. ? That would be sexist, racist, and discriminatory, would it not? Too often we place mediocre people in important positions to fill the “quota”, and it costs companies rather than helps them. STOP IT!

Vince November 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

Too late Linda. The madness has taken root.

Frank November 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

The gross hypocrisy of the left is astounding, lets not forget their ‘war on women’ campaign despite the women of the White House being found to be paid less than men despite the Lilly Ledbetter rhetoric reiterated at nausea.

Randy November 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

Far better to utilize the very best minds and experience. The stakes are too high! Any other considerations, including diversity, should be irrelevant.

JD November 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

Who cares? I didn’t vote for Obama, but if the people he has chosen are, in his view, the right people for the job, what difference does their demographics make? Should he pick less capable candidates just to check off boxes?

When will we ever just view people as people? Aren’t we there now. I mean seriously. We have a black president, he was twice elected by a majority of the country, I think it’s time to move on past the “some people still don’t have equal rights” garbage.

Anonna November 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

JD, Keith agrees with you — he’s only demonstrating that Obama lives in a glass house.

GRIZZ MANN November 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

Another victory in the WAR on WOMEN!!

alan November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

Doesnt Obama talk such a great game?

Perdogg November 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

It does not matter women just want free birth control, nothing more.

cincycinco November 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Not necessarily ALL women, just the sort who think Obama’s a good idea. And of that subset, “Nothing More” is inaccurate. They also want free abortions, free housing, free phones, free food, free health care…

Brian Paquette November 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

I thought Valerie Jarret was of Iranian decent? Does that count as African American too?

Quik November 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

Uh, Iran is not in Africa.

Susan November 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Her parents were American born international communists. All these people in America’s leadership are red diaper babies.

CWW November 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

Yeah, having married a Black Woman gives him his WH diversity cred!

Ha-Ha.

kingdad November 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

The one woman appointee was NOT the best qualified person but a longtime personal and family friend.

jeff November 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

They are all men because he’s gay. That will be the bombshell that comes out in his second term that he is Gay.

Vince November 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

I suppose this PC madness will continue until the country is destroyed. Too bad we must go down before people wake up.

Tom Stedham November 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

“Incredibly, nearly all the most senior advisors to the nation’s first black president – whose appeal to minorities and women won him reelection – are white males.”
No, they are not.
David Plouffe.
Jack Lew.
Gene Sperling.
Dan Pfeiffer.
Jeffrey Zients.
Jay Carney.
None are “white men”; they are all Jews. Why is it okay to complain that “white men” are appointed, but it’s “anti-Semitic” to say that all Jews were appointed???

And Pete Rouse His mother is Japanese, and his father a Jew from Czechoslovakia. He’s not a “white man”, either.

Do some research.

Bill November 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

Would it not be normal for a muslim to appoint mostly men?

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

ON TARGET…. FIRE FOR EFFECT…

Rock Granite November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

Just another example of the Republican’s War on Women. When will it end? When will it end?

Dick November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

You did not mention that all of them are Jewish! 98% of the entire Obama administration and Bushs, Clintons,Regans, were all Zionist!

Frank J November 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

I seem to remember Carol Dunning and other women who worked in the WH reporting that the Obama WH was extremely hostile to women, demeaning them and creating a working environment for women which violated employment regulations.

kelly November 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

Yes, Teresa. Indeed this column begs for ridicule, especially since it is linked from Drudge. Might as well have a link from the National Enquirer or News of the World. When will the nonsense stop? The election is over. Move on.

Susan November 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Move on yourself, chickadee; or is that chickadude? Got one of them androgynous names so no telling.

bnchy November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

Maybe Obama could borrow Romney’s binder full of women so he wouldn’t have to be so hypocritical

Star November 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

If he bothered to recruit women as a group, the resumes would be in a notebook or a computer file…Yes, I know you meant this as yet another slap at Romney.

redhawk November 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

Ok FLUKE what say you about this obvious ANTI female mentality?? Does Obama attempt SAVINGS on Pills or does he think that there are NO Intelligent women whose pay as Staffers are Lower that Men’s in the WHITE OUTHOUSE????

Mummer's Farce November 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

“Do as I say, not as I do.” -Barack Obama

Scott in Texas November 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

Obama is a Muslim. What do you expect!?

grendel007 November 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

In the meantime, there are stories berating the republicans for their committee chair appointees. Nice to see they are continuing their hypocrisy by loving the obama for doing the same thing

Quik November 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

Perhaps the men chosen are just better than the possible female alternatives. Just a thought.

Dave November 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

Can we stop with all this diversity cr@p? Why is it SO bad to just hire the best person for the job regardless of race or gender?

cincycinco November 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

If you do that, you may end up with too many men, too many whites, too many – something, even though that wasn’t your intention. You know, you hire one white guy, ask if he has freinds that he’d recommend, he does and they’re all good but happen to be white as well… This is called “disparate impact” by the courts.

Disparate impact is the only way they can pretend to quantify “racism”. Since most of the definitions are arbitrary and ruled on by leftist-appointed judges with wide discretion and wider personal prejudices, it ends up as just another tool for the left to reward freinds and get “REVENGE!” on enemies. Disparate impact just gives them a scum of data to cover up their socioeconomic manipulations.

ConservativeRedneck November 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

Well it is the Muslim way. And we all know what Obummer is. They don’t respect women.

Chad Chen November 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

Bean counting at its worst. Obama used to have a bunch of women in his inner circle. Some (e.g., Ann Lewis) betrayed him and walked out. Others betrayed him for better deals with private interests (e.g., Melody Barnes). Some this author omits from his list (e.g. Stephanie Cutter)..

Even so, one-third of the inner circle counted here are women. That’s not bad.

JALANTAR November 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

How about asking why they are mostly JOOISH?
Or why most of the Federal Reserve is JOOISH
And why our troops are used to fight Wars for Israel

Oh wait, the writer is probably jooish, lmao
WAKE UP America!

HT November 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Who cares? 2/2 of my bosses are FEMALE!!!! UH OH! Come on….what does it really matter…does everything have ti be divided down to race, gender, and sexual orientation?

OhioRiver November 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hey, 98% of Black women voted for Obama so where is the outrage from them? Seems that there are more bigots in America than what we originally thought when it comes to double standards.

BlownfuelCoupe November 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Don’t worry, Sell-Out White Men are fully capable enough to tell you convincingly just how Racist You are.

Crewmax42 November 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

The first family costs the taxpayers 1.4 billion dollars a year. That’s billion, with a “b”. Who cares about his yes men?

Mike November 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

No mention of this news in the main stream.

Langley Spook November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

LMAO! the “Main Stream Media” reporting “news”… thats funny!

JP November 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Have you read that Romney is having lunch with Obama tomorrow in the private dining room of the WH? If I was Mitt, I would have told Obama to stick where the sun don’t shine…………

Star November 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

It’s not so much the whiteness–to me anyhow–as the oldness. I saw Reid and some others ambling out of a meeting and thought–tired, over. I am having my personal problems with handing the torch to the next gen–but Obama REALLY is. He is the older generation now–50ish–not the youth gen. As for the lack of females–it is just another hypocritical highlight–sure, he’s all about women. He cares so much. Meh.