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January 9th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Obama faces Cabinet diversity pressure

As President Obama looks to fill top-level jobs, critics point to a need for diversity in the Cabinet. CNN's Dan Lothian reports.

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  1. Phil, Philadelphia

    It seems like the women always get to express their need for diversity but what about more diversity in color. There are not many black men in high positions. It just seems like diversify for women is just a code for more white women. It should be diverse in many ways....

    January 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  2. ids

    This is ridiculous & a bogus topic. Look at the totality of his appointments in the first term, the most important being Secretary of State and 2 Supreme Court Justices (for life). Plenty of other cabinet members and his 1 and most trusted adviser, Valerie Jarett. The percentage of women and minorities in his government are as high or higher than President Clinton's. Susan Rice was scuttled by Republicans (they probably would like to scuttle anyone whom the President nominates – they have already begun attacking Jack Lew). This President doesn't seem to be able to catch a break from anyone – look at the totality and let him appoint who ever he feels most comfortable working with. This is like asking for a quota system in a third world country and it is demeaning to women and minorities.

    January 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  3. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    His 'diversity' should be 'capability'

    January 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
  4. Mycroft lake travis texas

    I don't know about this diversity issue being as all that important, but I do know we can't have anyone ever involved with torture running the CIA and President Obama is wrong for picking his present appointee to be a man, involved with such sadistic behaviors. I personally would rather be murdered than tortured, in fact, I believe, I'd rather be murdered than tortured. I urge President Obama to drop his pick for the CIA now, and pick someone with the moral integrity of a true American, other than a evil person that does not sleep. Sleep is good, there a lot of meth heads that may disagree, but they are part of the problem too. As Patriotic American Citizens, please join me in urging President Obama to pick another man (one of morals and ethics) to head the CIA, instead of one of Hell's minions. I would also speculate as to the reason for Obama's current appointee to head the CIA, as a man whose loyalties lay with other War Criminals( Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld) and will do all in his power(even breaking or bending the Law) to insure that these War Criminals are never brought to justice. This Appointment to CIA, must be stopped. What ever happened Mr. President to your Campaign promise of ending 'Scooter Libby Justice' ? Were you only saying that to get elected and are you now siding with War Criminals. I would like to know, because I would like to know when people ask me just how much I support President Obama, that I can give them an honest answer. Right now I saying I voted for Obama, but I am very disturbed over his current CIA nomination. What are they holding over or to your head Mr.President , please don't allow any people to serve our government, that use torture, for any reason. Torture is Evil, anyone that uses Torture is evil. If your appointee doesn't think waterboarding is torture than have him prove it to us, by allow himself to be waterboarded as many time as his worst victim did, so he can prove to us all ,waterboarding is just, not very pleasant. I don't think he'll be able to endure 1% of the waterboarding he dished out to his worst victim. Yeah that's what I say and lets expose the evil within our borders, these people cannot be allowed to be in power of anything.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm |

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