By April Ryan, aprildryan.com
Reporters are probing when the Obama Administration will nominate an African American for a Cabinet post in the President’s second term.
The White House issued this statement after the Congressional Black Caucus issued a strongly worded letter to the President expressing their dismay for a lack of black second term appointments. Jay Carney White House Press Secretary said, “The President is deeply committed to diversity in his Cabinet and ensuring his Administration reflects the breadth of our country. He believes that the best decisions are made when he is surrounded by people who share different perspectives as we work toward improving our economy and building a strong middle class – together.”
Meanwhile, issues of retaining black workers at the White House are a focus too. Just the nature of the beast makes it seem a bit abnormal to continue working at the White House longer than two years. Recently, the Obama administration lost the Head of the office of Faith Based and Neighborhood partnerships, Josh Dubois, Tade Representative Ron Kirk and EPA Director Lisa Jackson. We have also learned Michael Strautmanis is leaving soon. He has been with President Obama since The U.S. Senate and before he ran for the oval office. Strautmanis is leaving to spend more time with his family that includes a wife and three children.
Valerie Jarrett has replaced Strautmanis with another African American.
The White House issued a statement.
WHITE HOUSE TRANSITIONS:
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“Yohannes Abraham will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Abraham served as the Deputy National Political Director on the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign, managing the campaign’s engagement with elected and labor officials in key swing states. After the election, Abraham was named Director of Public Engagement for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Prior to joining the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign, Abraham was the National Political Director at Organizing for America. Abraham first started working for President Obama as a part of his Iowa Caucus team. He went on to serve as Virginia Field Director during the 2008 general election and in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Abraham is a graduate of Yale University and a native of Springfield, Va..”
–VALERIE JARRETT: “The President is grateful that these talented and dedicated leaders will serve in these important roles. Their backgrounds are diverse and distinguished and I am confident that they will continue building on the progress we’ve made engaging the American people in tackling the important challenges facing our nation – together.”
Meanwhile, White House sources contend Jarrett is the person who has been making sure White House Staffers understand the magnitude of the administrations picture of diversity, that it includes blacks in some of the highest ranks. However, sources say there could be black Transportation Secretary nomination soon.
The Congressional Black Caucus has given the White House a large listing of minority folks qualified for open Cabinet post. High ranking African Americans left in the administration include: Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Suzan Rice, Susan Johnson Cook, and Rob Neighbors.