Obama's second term to be a boys club?
President's Cabinet nominations draw criticism over lack of women
- Duration 5:52
- Date Jan 10, 2013
President's Cabinet nominations draw criticism over lack of women
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We'll president Obama's cabinet nominations giants -- new criticism that his second term is shaping up to be a boys' club this photo was on the cover.
The New York Times yesterday it's -- December Oval Office photo and it says the president with ten -- visible mail advisors in this picture.
Apparently one was blocking senior advisor Valerie Jarrett but she was apparently in the picture as well.
Then they released this picture perhaps a little bit of it's -- control.
That has a lot of women and it says mr.
Obama -- five -- advisors and three female advisors.
And Valerie Valerie Jarrett obviously center stage in front of the desk in the Oval Office there.
Say yeah that reason this is of interest is that during the election governor Mitt -- came under a lot of fire.
When he mentioned hiring women during his tenure in Massachusetts.
-- this moment.
I went to a number of women's groups and said can you help us find folks I brought us.
-- binders full of -- women.
-- full of women admit that DD -- joins me now she was -- campaign and the president's choice of here's embarrasses Daily -- countess -- Fox News contributor.
You know I mean it's ironic -- send because -- you know we know that Mitt Romney had a lot of women in his cabinet a lot of women advisors he got a lot of heat for that miners all of women comment perhaps is justifiably don't listen -- the most artful phrase.
To be sure but what about these pictures and what about president Obama's record on all of this given the fact that he he did quite well -- women election.
Out why I think that one of the things is that and I I talk about a lot I consider myself a feminist.
But then when I watched what went on during the election and the way Mitt Romney was treated and that this sort of hypocrisy where you know they it.
The binders full of women was really ridiculed and you know he was treated like he was a misogynist basically.
And then eat you see a picture like this what.
You know with President Obama and then you have the -- basically.
-- making excuses -- being in -- -- markets wrote something saying.
You know it's bad but it's not an outrageous like really -- it was an out it's an outraged if it's a Republican and I think that this is why.
When they survey women and they ask you do you consider yourself a feminist most women saying no because that -- -- movement is so.
One sided it's just it's really is -- -- air and water on the democratic.
Nation that that goes along app that let us -- some of the numbers here because we there's a comparison of you know how presidents have done in terms of a gender.
Equality I guess for lack of a better phrase -- here's that women in the cabinet.
President Obama so far has ninety the first term President Bush had ten total.
Bill Clinton had seventeen total.
You know but but what struck by -- as a woman.
Eight I like these numbers compare -- -- -- it's like you don't get extra points -- more women.
I just want to see in -- sort of people's chosen because they're the best person for the job.
And he never look to you never seem to seek points for that.
That she was a woman that she was a black woman wasn't discussed why well that's true and I think because Condoleezza Rice with such an incredible woman and so Smart.
But here's the deal.
Barack Obama -- his campaign.
Was constantly hounding.
Mitt Romney and talking about how he was going to be better for women and how there -- the war on women and it was all about women and I think women frankly I mean independent women there and that's the group that voted him -- Understand this there -- a lot of capable women in Washington DC and -- -- -- our country.
He can't find any to be in the top cabinet spots and I don't like -- and I think it's fat and that's how my usually -- -- the Republican Party.
I -- I always like to see more women I'm very pro -- I'd like to see some.
I cabinet spots right away and that picture.
You know that was wrong I mean there definitely needs to be some women that look like he man woman haters club I mean there is hope remembers they -- -- -- that we need to see some women at the top but.
At the top of the cabinet post is really important -- of the numbers is the twenty some.
Election President Obama won 55%.
Of the female vote.
-- Ronnie got only 44% clearly that was an area that heard a mile long and boy they spent a whole lot of time of the Democratic Convention.
Some would say pandering to women think -- and a -- in a lot of the appearances there.
But take this quote from Margaret Carlson she is sort of has different take on this she says Obama's problem is that he doesn't look beyond his -- -- already on his farm policy advisory board.
-- hung out with him during debate crap Obama may be resting on his laurels she's basically saying there's a lot of women out there but he's a service and I -- your good buddy.
But -- what did you come -- take this position with me -- -- what do you think about.
That like I love Margaret Carl fun -- but she's making excuses I made me that this is the thing that make excuses for Obama.
But they wouldn't if it was if it was Mitt Romney it's not that's not the problem.
I mean is it this is not the first time that this is that that I can shape from working in democratic politics that.
Having worked in the Clinton White House and so on that this is something that democratic women will complain about behind the scenes if you look at pictures of -- President Bush.
Condoleezza rice's you know always by his side you look at the picture after 9/11 has you know Karen Hughes Mary model and Condoleezza Rice in the picture.
Bill Clinton inner circle were all men all you know pretty much mostly white -- And then it so it it and I think the issue is is that didn't if you're gonna go out and and claim that you what are the party of women inning did me a great is -- -- and idiotic thing I live there will be -- things.
-- granted I would just say at the and that.
It's in me I think that numbers are less important than actions actions are always more powerful than words so it's you know who who is in your inner circle who do you trust and -- -- -- to be -- your -- planning or Canada area I'm -- action.
-- -- everybody's qualifications whether there are male or female Houston and DD thank you kill my favorite winning candidate having today from.