White House tweets photo of Obama with women advisers

The White House might be feeling a little heat over President Obama's Cabinet picks. The president's first four selections for his second term all happen to be white men, prompting criticism from some supporters who would like to see women in the mix. The Washington Post and New York Times have written about the issue in the past two days.

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president's hiring record Wednesday, saying that Obama believes "diversity is important."

"Women are well-represented here in the president's senior staff," Carney said. "These stories are in reaction to a couple of appointments." He suggested waiting to see the "totality" of the president's second-term Cabinet before rendering judgment on the diversity of his senior staff.

Perhaps in response to those critics, the White House earlier in the day released via Twitter a photo of Obama meeting with top advisers, including three women: senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann Deparle and White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. None is a Cabinet member, but each is a close adviser to the president.

 

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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