President Obama today sought to rebuff criticism that he doesn’t have enough women working for him, insisting women had played key roles in his administration and suggesting that more appointments of women are in the works.
“I would suggest that everybody kind of wait until they’ve seem all my appointments . . . before they rush to judgement,” Obama said during an East Room press conference.
Obama’s initial major appointments were all men – Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary, John Kerry to be Secretary of State, Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary and John Brennan to lead the CIA – and he is beginning to incur criticism even from allies for the lack of women in the White House and in his administration.
The president defended his record of appointing women, alluding to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as key players in his first term. Clinton is leaving, while Napolitano and Sebelius are not.
“I think people should expect that that record will be built on in the next four years,” Obama said. “It’s premature to assume that we’re somehow going backwards.”