There are several key differences between President Obama's cabinet picks in 2009 and in 2013. This term there are more longtime Obama allies. This term he's showing more "confidence in his choices," picking fights with Republicans. And this term he's picking a lot of white males.
Admittedly, the person who appeared to be Obama's first pick to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was a black woman, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. But since Rice withdrew her name from consideration after a prolonged controversy over what she said on Sunday shows about the attacks in Benghazi, Obama's cabinet picks have been mostly white guys. So far we have:
- John Kerry as Secretary of State.
- Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. (Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, had reportedly been in the running for the job.)
- Jack Lew as the reported choice to head the Treasury Department. Lew is the current White House chief of staff.