Politic365

 
 


National

11:45am October 21, 2013

Watt, Foxx, Johnson: 3 Blacks Nominated After Fudge Request

jeh2

After Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge took President Obama to task back in March for a lack of Black cabinet officials, things have picked up. Since Fudge’s public observation, three African Americans have been named to high ranking positions in the Obama Administration.  

A month after Fudge’s request, President Obama nominated Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  Then, the President nominated former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation.  Today, Jeh Johnson, a Morehouse man whose dad was President of Fisk, was nominated by the President to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security.  If Johnson is confirmed by the Senate, he will be the third African American member of Obama’s cabinet.

In a display of double standards by Republican members of the U.S. Senate — Rep. Watt has yet to be confirmed as FHFA Director.  (Remember: This is the same group who confirmed the completely unqualified Michel Brown as FEMA Director and cabinet turkeys like Alberto Gonzalez.)

Let’s review the cabinet count regarding African Americans:

George W. Bush (8 years):  4 — Powell, Rice, Paige, Jackson
Bill Clinton (8 years): 7 — Espy, J. Brown, O’Leary, R. Brown, Herman, Slater, West
Barack Obama (4 years, 10 months): 2 — Holder, Foxx

By March 2013 after a flurry of cabinet nominations and high level selections (see chart below), the President had not nominated any African Americans.  But now, there could be three if Johnson is confirmed.  And with more vacancies sure to come as his second term moves forward, there could be much more cabinet diversity to come.

Obama-recent98-602x399



About the Author

Politic365 Staff
The staff of Politic365.




 
 

 
cbcw

47: Next Congress Will Have Highest Number of Blacks Ever

Highest Ever: 114th Congress to Feature 47 African Americans. There are currently 44 African American members of Congress.  Next year there will be three more, to bring the total to 47.  That will be the highest number of Bl...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
10896936424_50fdc26f76_k

Affordable Care Act credited with lowering uninsured rate among Latinos

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is being credited with lowering the uninsured rate in the Latino community according to a report released from the Commonwealth Fund. As reported in the Los Angeles Times this week: ̶...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
UN-O

“We Have Our Own Racial Tensions” President Obama Mentions #Ferguson at UN

“We Have Our Own Racial and Ethnic Tensions.” President Obama did a interesting shoutout on the Ferguson situation during a speech at the United Nations today in New York.  Look for the Breitbart disciples to say ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 

Advertisement
 
Obama-at-podium_cropped

Leading by Example: The White House’s Inclusive Vision for Solar Power

Last week, the Obama administration announced a series of new initiatives to enhance energy efficiency across the United States. Many revolved around commitments of funding and other resources to support the development and ado...
by Kristal High
1

 
 
cleaver2

Black Caucus Announces Plan to Boost the Black Vote for 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), CBCPAC Chair Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced their plans to boost black voter turnout for the midterms.   They were joi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>