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Daily Archives: January 8, 2013, 9:04 pm

Carney: Affirmative Action is for Little People, Not Obama

The White House is apparently letting its Binders Full of Women gather dust as it searches for candidates to full President Obama’s top jobs.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today paid lip service to the notion of diversity in the highest echelons of Obamadom, and then scoffed that the president would simply choose the best people for the job.

The President values diversity, believes it’s important because it enhances the quality of the pool of potential nominees for positions across the administration.  He believes that by looking broadly for candidates for offices that he ups the chances that he’ll find the very best person for the job . . . And he thinks that diversity enhances the process itself, the policy process, because it sort of increases the likelihood of a broader discussion potentially.

But the goal in the end is to find the very best individuals for these specific positions.

Wow. Sounds almost like President Obama suddenly is taking a turn to the right and embracing the concept of a merit-based society. Which would be fine, except that the Obama 2012 reelection outfit made the GOP War on Women a cornerstone of its campaign and led the guffaws when Mitt Romney said he was once searching for prospective female employees in “binders full of women.”

The Obama White House, which every reporter knows has always been a towel-whipping, foul-mouthed boys clubhouse, has remarkably few women in positions of real power, as I’ve noted. Now that Hillary’s out and Kerry’s in, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew looks like he’s the next act at Treasury, the top Cabinet posts are all reserved  for the boys.

And for a president who hangs out with the guys not just at work but at play, that may be just how he likes it.

Michelle Wears $30 Dress on $7 Million Vacation

While on a ritzy vacation that set taxpayers back at least $7 million, Michelle Obama made a public display of wearing a cheap, off the rack dress from Target that cost her about $30.

Michelle dressThe first lady was photographed arriving and departing Hawaii in the same Target Merona brand dress. What she wore while out of sight of photographers during her stay at her lavish vacation home and visits to expensive restaurants is unclear.

Michelle, who as first lady often wears high-end designer clothing and pricey accoutrements and takes exorbitant vacations to far-flung locales like South Africa, the Spanish Riviera and the finest Rocky Mountain ski slopes, works hard to maintain her regular gal image by occasionally donning cheap stuff. She brought a member of the media along a little while back to make sure she was photographed pushing a shopping cart around Target.

Including the costs of two Air Force One roundtrips to ferry President Obama back on forth to Oahu, the the taxpayer price tag for the vacation was at least $7 million.

Michelle has worn the dress before and it long ago was sold out, but similar Target dresses retail for about $30 or less.

The Obama Morning News || January 8, 2013

Obama expected to nominate Jack Lew for Treasury . . . Fox News
Clinton to testify on Benghazi
. . . Washington Times
Sole Benghazi suspect freed . . . Fox News
Nominations signal change at Pentagon, CIA . . . Washington Post
Obama spends big on immigration enforcement . . . New York Times
White House reacts to “Deport Piers” petition . . . Politico
Vitter: Harry Reid is an idiot . . . Politico
Book details Obama’s “bullies” . . . Breitbart News