Friday :: Feb 20, 2009

No CEOs in Obama's Cabinet


by Mary

Politico has discovered that despite Obama's claim to wanting diverse voices advising him, he has an amazing lack of CEOs in his cabinet.

Still, some long-time White House observers find it noteworthy that when Obama convenes his best minds, there will be few people who have answered to shareholders as well as voters — people who know by intuition how the business community is likely to react to any given day’s news.

“It tells us a lot about Barack Obama, that these executives are just not part of his most inner circle,” said Stephen Hess, a senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution. “There’s always been a place in government for these people who come from the business world, whether at Commerce, Defense, Treasury or on the White House staff. But suddenly they’re not there.”

It's a crying shame that he has neglected to include any of the scads of accomplished men and women who make up the country's richest class. Just think of what he might miss if he does not consider their input and well-being when creating policy.

(h/t TPM)

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