Firestorm over lack of diversity in Obama staff picks
James Rosen reports
- Duration 2:18
- Date Jan 10, 2013
James Rosen reports
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The signature moments in the presidential campaign was when Republican Mitt Romney said.
He'd asked aides for what he called binders full of women for possible staff jobs.
It was an effort to illustrate diversity.
Now some people are saying President Obama is not doing much to promote diversity with his recent personnel decisions.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen has the story.
Here's President Obama today announcing his pick for Treasury Secretary Kyrie was on Monday without going members of his national security team and they are designated successors.
And hearing was last month with his nominee to lead the State Department all white men selected by a White House now drawing a -- of criticism.
From its natural biological allies on the left.
On the ironic grounds that the nation's first African American president is in his own staffing.
Giving diversity the shaft in -- singer tells us democratic congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem.
I spent -- -- making fun of Republicans intend to disappear kid and dad.
And the absence.
Women then and didn't Jewish people in the congress and blacks and Hispanic has just been unreal.
Now I'm gonna have to -- and we're trying to explain why Al picture.
At least as relates to the president's cabinet looks the same.
Fun indeed remember the derision that liberals starting with the president himself.
Keep don't Mitt Romney when he struggled to describe the -- he had taken as a governor to promote diversity on his staff to.
I went to a number of women's groups and said can you help us find folks I brought us all binders full of -- women.
-- don't want someone to ask.
But what I consider myself a feminist.
But then when I watched what went on during the election and the way.
Mitt Romney was treated and then they -- you see a picture like this with President Obama and then you have the left basically.
Basically making excuses -- I mean -- in -- -- markets wrote something saying.
You know it's bad but it's not an outrage is like really -- -- was an out it's an outrage if it's a republic -- The White House moved quickly to circulate this photo which shows what else counsel -- -- -- senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and deputy chief of staff Nancy and -- And White House aides point to the president's placement of two women on the Supreme Court in the fact that some of his cabinet vacancies that state and labor for example.
Who created by women leaving after four years on the job Brett.
James thank you.