January 7, 2011 / Uncategorized

The (White) Men Running our Economy


President Obama has appointed Gene Sperling as Director of the National Economic Council, replacing Larry Summers. With this appointment, the Obama Administration’s big four economic leadership positions will be held by white men.

Director of the National Economic CouncilGene Sperling

Director of the Office of Management and BudgetJacob Lew

Secretary of the TreasuryTimothy Geithner

Chairman of the Council of Economics AdvisorsAustan Goolsbee

Christina Romers was formerly Chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisors. She resigned in August 2010 amidst speculation of being bullied out by Summers and Geithner. At that time, numerous women’s groups criticized President Obama for not including women and creating a fraternity like atmosphere.


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  • Optixmom

    Which one of these things looks just like the other…

  • But the white boys have been doing such a “great” job running our economy into the dumpster. Why change anything? Why welcome fresh voices who might bring in new ideas,work well with others, know how to build consensus, or not sit in the steam room at the NY Athletic Club with the boys that borrowed all the taxpayer money?

  • AnneE

    The white men running our economy into the ditch…I don’t think that skin color or plumbing are job qualifications–just an accident of birth. What was that line from years ago–the best man for the job might be a woman.

    It is amazing that almost 20 years ago, there were more women in cabinet level positions than we have now.

  • Optixmom

    Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

  • Janis

    Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

    “I want a woman president, just not THAT one!”

    You mean that sort of thing, Optixmom … ?

  • I’ve posted the alert over at P&L, and on facebook. http://peacocksandlilies.com/2.....the-women/

  • Bes

    Well remember we have the token White house commission on women and girls and fashion updates on what Mrs Obama is wearing, so I am sure the boys over at the White-house feel they have women’s issues covered.

  • @ Bes – funny (not in a ha, ha sort of way) that you should bring that up:


    Tina Tchen is tapped to become chief of staff for the FLOTUS.

    “Tchen works for White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett as the director of the Office of Public Engagement and as executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Tchen will continue to run the council.”

    Guess if you’re not doing anything to begin with, you can take on another role like chief of staff!

  • Janis

    So that’s equality! A girl runs the pink-n-fluffy staff, and the boys run the important stuff!

    Crap on toast, this is fucking insane.

  • Optixmom

    Yes Janis, insanity just about covers it.

  • AnneE


    You are right-they do look alike-maybe it is a cult?
    Let the deprogramming begin!

  • Janis

    I’ll help deprogram them. Do I get to use a wiffle ball bat?

  • Janis

    BTW, for anyone out there who feels faint and is currently pressing a lace hankie to their heaving bosom at the Manhater, I could have said “railroad tie.” (With which those assholes deserve a whack in the head, anyway.)

  • Juliette

    I won’t refer to these men as white men because their race is irrelevant to me. Obama certainly doesn’t descriminate against black men, just women of ever race.
    What ever happened to Brooksley Borne? It would be a nice slap in the face to Larry Summers if she were appointed to Obama’s economic council. But that’s not going to happen. I say we just bring people’s attention to Obama’s misogyny. I don’t want him throwing me any bones, I just want his misogynic self out of my white house by 2012 or sooner if possible.

  • Kathleen Wynne

    All of these comments are an excellent example of “constructive anger” because you speak the truth and are not afraid to tell it like it is!

    And Juliette, I totally concur with you about Borne. She was a several women who came forward and spoke the truth about the coming financial collapse and the boyz brushed them aside. While I have no illusions that women are capable of such behavior, I also believe they are less likely to give in to this kind of greed and destruction of others for their own selfish gain.