December 14, 2008: No Southerners yet in Obama Cabinet (Politico)

  • "I think people are going to say this is one of the most diverse Cabinets and White House staffs of all time. But more importantly, they're going to say these are all people of outstanding qualifications and excellence. So one of the strong beliefs I’ve always held and has proven to be correct throughout my career is that there's no contradiction between diversity and excellence. I’m looking for the best people first and foremost to serve the American people."