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Is The Obama White House Too White?

Posted in Barack Obama, Black Interests with tags , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Gary Johnson

Maureen Dowd

That’s what NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Maureen Dowd opines.  In her July 25, 2010 article entitled, “You’ll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing,” Ms. Dowd writes:

“The Obama White House is too white.

It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran.

But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture, Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand “the slave thing,” as a top black Democrat dryly puts it.

The first black president should expand beyond his campaign security blanket, the smug cordon of overprotective white guys surrounding him — a long political tradition underscored by Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when she complained about the “smart-ass white boys” from Walter Mondale’s campaign who tried to boss her around.”

Click here to read the entire article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/opinion/25dowd.html?ref=maureendowd.

Photo credit:  Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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