The first African-American president is being chewed out by columnists for not paying enough attention to diversity. Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg View — and a friend — says Obama's problem is that he doesn't look beyond his nose for more minority recruits, while The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus says, "About all those white guys: What a shame. Not an outrage, but a shame."
Both joke that he should have taken Romney's binders full of women.
I suppose this moment was inevitable as well as ironic. Barack Obama, who has been pilloried by conservatives for a 1991 protest at Harvard Law School demanding more faculty diversity, finds himself on the receiving end.
Once it became clear that the top tier of Cabinet positions would be all male — attorney general, and secretaries of Defense, State, and Treasury — there'd be grousing, even if Health and Human Services has the biggest budget and Homeland Security is a behemoth. Defense, State, and Treasury are the oldest departments, and the ones with heads who are next in line to be president after the speaker of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate. Had the president named former defense official Michelle Flournoy to the top post at the Pentagon or a woman to Treasury such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg (whom Carlson cited despite that ill-fated IPO), he wouldn't be getting so much grief.