December 22nd, 2008
02:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Why some women's groups are miffed at Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state."] CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - What's made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Asians, two Republicans and a Nobel Prize winner?

The answer: President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Obama is taking the big-tent approach to governing and wanted a Cabinet that stretches the tent wide.

Watch: What does it take to get a job with the Obama administration?

"I think people will feel that we followed through on our commitment to make sure that this is not only an administration that is diverse ethnically, but it's also diverse politically and it's diverse in terms of people's life experience," Obama said December 16.

It might be diverse, but not everyone is happy. Some women's groups are disappointed. Among Obama's strongest backers during the election, they now say they don't have enough seats at the table.

That's because of Obama's 20 announced Cabinet-level posts, five went to women: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency chief.

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  1. TjayeInLA

    As a woman, I am miffed at all the women who continue to think that equal rights means "special treatment".

    Please stop whining. You are setting us back to Lucy crying because she wants a new hat.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. dan

    Any President should pick the best people for the job without any regard for gender, sexual preference, political leaning, etc. Part of the reason that the US is in the shape that it is in right now is because too many important positions in the government were filled based what the person was, not what he or she could do. By the way, 4 years from now, when we are voting for President again, no one is going to care which pastor spoke at the inauguration, or how many women are in his cabinet. If the economy is in good shape and foreign matters have been improved, he will be re-elected. Otherwise, he won't.

    December 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Tom

    "Take for example the violent image of a hanged Sarah Palin..."

    which, of course was not produced or condoned by the Obama campaign. What a moronic attempt at a smear job.

    December 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |



    December 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. California Gold

    Well golly gee. They are only miffed. Now if they are screaming maniacs throwing their Prada pumps at Obama, that might be of interest. Merely miffed gets a big ho-hum from me.

    December 22, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Woman will hold 33 percent of the cabinet position under Obama. I don't recall that ever being so large a percentage under previous presidents.

    So, you miffed off women, stop crying in your beer and grow the hell up.

    You're on your way, but there are no overnight miracles. Blame your daddies and your grandaddies for that!. Not Obama!

    December 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. mb

    Glad these 'women groups' who ever they are, do not speak for all 'Women'. They need to get over this and move on.

    December 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. An Obama Supporter

    CNN always puts a negative headline for every story. If 71 per cent approve and die hard Republicans will never agree one has to conclude there are a tremendous number of women who do approve of his choices.

    December 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. jack cane

    Big love for obama.
    Buth i will like to bay a tribute to sen clinton for her run and al of the idea"s off her. This one go"s out to the bill and hillary clinton.
    Why, after the 90's universal changes we can only go down whether we try to make another 3 million newe jobs with 1 trillion dollars. good luck.
    This song go"s out to the place we were tanks to the universal champions THE SILMARILLIA 2007.

    December 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz






    December 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    I am just happy that the best possible people are being considered, rather than their gender or ethnicity. I wish the world would become color-blind and gender-blind already. I am sick and tired of "not enough Hispanics, not enough gays, not enough women." Let's just all be PEOPLE, eh?

    December 22, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Lyndon from CA

    Of course the Femmenazis are dissatisfied.

    December 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. educated Ron

    People really angry at Obama for doing things he hasn't done.

    Its incredible the love and then hatred of a person who all he is trying to do is help the country and reverse Bush's bad decisions.

    Obama is going to make Husein become a positive name.

    There are those who use it as if its insulting. Its the name his parents gave him Barack Husein Obama is great for the country and the world. I just hope he's given a fair chance. Too bad the senate is not filibuster proof. Tired of racists making decisions and only caring about the rich.

    December 22, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Tony

    The most important thing to consider for people who are truly concerned about women is what are those at the table thinking, rather than what sex they are. Does Condelezza Rice throw her support behind those who are making policy that is favorable to women? Does Sarah Palin? Would you rather have those two women at the table instead of Al Gore or Ted Kennedy? I want someone who is looking out for me, not someone who looks like me. Would it be O.K. to have an anti-freedom women on the supreme court casting the deciding vote to overturn Roe or a pro-freedom man?

    December 22, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. B

    Obama's number one criterion when picking people is not gender, race or party affiliation, but QUALIFICATIONS. Is that not exactly how we all should want our president to behave?

    December 22, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. KG

    Pres-elect Obama, welcome to the real world of politics. As soon as you make a choice, you just upset one group or another. Keep it in the middle and you'll be fine.

    December 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Eric

    I kind of feel bad for Obama. All these fools out there who actually believe that he's going to bring them out of the depths of there current situation are in for a real shock. The only chance he has with most of these people is showing up at there houses with a money tree. This is going to be very fun to watch all there fantacies turn into realities.

    December 22, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. ruralmom

    These five women were given five of the top spots in the cabinet...why the complaining? These complainers might just be left-over Hillary supporters, and hopefully they'll come around, like Hillary has done. Let Obama do his thing.

    December 22, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Aubrey

    Oh, please. I'm a woman and I think Obama has done a commendable job of choosing cabinet members. Clearly he's choosing people based on their credentials, instead of the color of their skin or their gender. I'd much rather see a man with the proper experience and intelligence for a job than a woman who has neither... which is one of the many reasons I voted for Obama in the first place. These women's groups need to calm down and see the bright side!

    December 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Joe in WV

    I think Hillary & Michelle would be great MILF'S !!

    December 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Tony83702

    Five out of twenty seats and these women are dissatisfied? Just how many seats do they think they're "entitled" to?

    I suppose when it comes time for Supreme Court nominees, they'll start whimpering again about adding more women to the court. People must be chosen based on qualifications and competence, not race, gender, etc. This is not an exercise in interior decorating!.

    Whining women like this make me glad I'm Gay!

    December 22, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. Lola from the left coast

    Stop whining, ladies. Get out and run for office yourselves. Hillary already took the heat for us. Follow her example and go for it.

    December 22, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Roland in St George, UT

    Obama has to pick the people he feels he can work with the best. I have a question for all those miffed women. If Hillary had won, do you think she would have picked more women in her cabinet? My personal opinion is that Hillary would not have allowed gender to influence the selection of her cabinet either...she would have chosen the people she felt were the most qualified and I bet many of them would have been men.

    December 22, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Ravi in MO

    It is truly appalling that people in the Dem party could just turn on Barack the way they have. These morons don't seem to understand that partisanship is what hurts America. Cooperation and inclusiveness is the only thing that can put us back on track.

    Yes, that means we're not going to be pushing any far-left fringe issues that don't matter to the majority of Americans. He's going to focus on issues that matter to most, like the economy, healthcare, education, and war management. Although I strongly disagree with Pastor Rick Warren on many things, including him sends a powerful positive message to conservative Republicans.

    Keep up the good work Barack!

    December 22, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. DC Observer

    If Obama wanted ti have like minded and like talented people in his cabinet, he would have appointed Bozo, Clarabel the Clown, Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse, The Joker, Malcolm X, and Reverend Wright

    December 22, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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