SF Chronicle: "Minorities, women, gays lobby for Obama jobs"

The lobbying over jobs in the Obama administration is in full gear:

As the United States awaits the inauguration of its first nonwhite president, organizations representing women, gays and lesbians and people of color are working overtime to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to make good on his remark that he would nominate "one of the most diverse Cabinets and White House staffs of all time." . . .

This year, the zeal to work in the administration of the nation's first African American president has been overwhelming. The Obama transition Web site, www.change.gov, has so far received 331,000 job applications for about 3,000 positions, said Martha Joynt Kumar, a Maryland political scientist who is director of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan group that assists presidential transition teams. That's almost triple the number received by President Bill Clinton and almost eight times the applications to serve in the government of President Bush. . . .

Wow, a lot more Democrats sure want to work in Washington than Republicans. In addition, I might add that Bush ended up appointing some Democrats below the cabinet level to work in his administration.

Clinton about 110,000
Bush about 41,000
Obama 331,000 so far



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