The Demography Of The Obama Administration

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National Journal profiles 366 top officials in the Obama administration for its quadrennial decision-makers issues and came up with a goldmine of interest demographic data about the administration.

A few items of note: ......12 percent of top Obama officials have served in the military, down from 18 percent of top officials at the start of Bush's first term.....although this statistic really has meaning when you think about the number of Obama officials from Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.... and Virginia. ...... A top female Obama administration official is three times as likely to be single as her male counterpart. Four years ago, a top female Bush administration official was almost five times as likely to be single as her male counterpart..... The percentage of white Christians among top officials whose religious affiliation is known dropped from 71 percent during Bush's second term to 46 percent in the Obama administration.  ....37 percent of top Obama officials graduated from an Ivy League institution..... with Harvard being the top college for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

For a completely different take on the Best and the Brightest in the administration, you'll want to read this month's Harper's cover story, which asserts that Obama's top-tier intellectuals are getting it -- as in everything -- all wrong.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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