The Question Is: Which Cabinet Members Got Snubbed?

Lots of people are discussing the revelation in New York magazine that President Obama has never met — or even called — several members of his Cabinet the past two years:

Unlike 42—who loved to stay up late, jabbing at the speed dial, spending countless hours gabbing with local pols and businesspeople around the country to gauge the political wind and weather—44 not only eschewed reaching out to governors, mayors, or CEOs, but he rarely consulted outside the tiny charmed circle surrounding him in the White House. “What you had was really three or four people running the entire government,” says the former White House strategist. “I thought they put a pretty good Cabinet together, but most of those guys might as well be in the witness-protection program.”

A funny line, no doubt, but an overstatement, surely? Well, maybe not. “I happen to know most of the Cabinet pretty well, and I get together with them individually for lunch,” says one of the most respected Democratic bigwigs in Washington. “I’ve had half a dozen Cabinet members say that in the first two years, they never had one call—not one call—from the president.”



That’s a problem, to be sure.  It is one more data point leading, for me, to the inescapable conclusion that Obama is neither capable of nor particularly interested in running the largest and most important government in the world.

But not all cabinet members are created equal.  Here is a list of the cabinet-level positions.

So which half dozen of those folks did Obama ignore for the past two years?  It would reveal quite a bit about Obama’s priorities.  Maybe some enterprising reporter should do his or her actual job and try to figure that out.

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Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] Redbone Hound asks the $64,000 question… Which Cabinet Members Got Snubbed?: So which half dozen of those folks did Obama ignore for the past two years? It would reveal quite a […]


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