Funny that a far-Left loon like Maureen Dowd would be pointing this out, but it's about time somebody said it. When it comes to how non-diverse his cabinet is, much less those he's chosen to surround himself with (from Joe Biden on down), Barry really does have an image problem. Too bad the MSM hasn't had the guts to say what surely has crossed the mind of many in the Black community at large: where's the representation? Look up and all you see is Eric Holder and we all saw how a low-level 'sista' like Shirley Sherrod got treated by some of Barry's lily-white cabinet members. But then this is a President who has long made it clear that he wants nothing to do with race and because he's a Democrat he can get away with it.Apparently Maureen Dowd has grown tired of calling President Obama a girl. This week Obama’s problem is a a black one. Again.
It must be said that, if nothing else, MoDo is brilliant at taking the week’s news and shaping it into a catchy talking point that will dominate the Sunday shows and at least a few days of morning shows in the week to come. Whether or not Dowd offers any insight or enlightenment regarding the issue at hand long ago seemed beside the point. Here is the latest: “The Obama White House is too white.”
Not one to let Peggy Noonan have all the ‘grown-up’ fun, Dowd adds salt to the wound by implying that Bill Clinton never found himself in this predicament because he “never needed help fathoming Southern black culture.” Which, as Joan Walsh points out, may be the first nice thing Dowd has said about the Clintons in…a very long time.
Dowd, and Congressman James Clyburn whom she quotes, believe that the solution to Obama’s too white White House problem is that he needs to surround himself with more black people:“The president’s getting hurt real bad,” Clyburn told me. “He needs some black people around him.” He said Obama’s inner circle keeps “screwing up” on race: “Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to pigeonhole him or cost him support, when a lot of people saw his election as a way to get the issue behind us.Concludes Dowd in typical form: “The president shouldn’t give Sherrod her old job back. He should give her a new job: Director of Black Outreach. This White House needs one. ”
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