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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:10 AM
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Shinseki to be the third Asian American appointed to a Cabinet position
The Vietnam Veterans of America today described President-elect Obamas selection of Gen. Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs a promising choice citing Shinsekis integrity and personal fortitude to usher in the real changes needed to make the VA a true steward of our nations veterans and their families.

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Shinseki would be only the third Asian American appointed to a Cabinet position, following Norman Minetas tenure at both Commerce and Transportation and Elaine Chaos stint at Labor.

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Shinsekis appointment makes it less likely that Congressman Mike Honda, former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke or another high-profile Asian American would be tapped for a Cabinet position. Although its possible that Obama would select another Asian American member of the Cabinet which would match Bushs unprecented inclusion of two Asian Americans in the Cabinet (Mineta and Chao) its more likely that the appointments to any remaining department heads will include more Latinos, African Americans and/or women.


http://www.asianamericansforobama.com/eric-shinseki-pro...
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:19 AM
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1. this is great news...Shinseki was one of the few brave souls at the
Pentagon who called bullshit on the "they'll-greet-us-with-candy-and-flowers-we-don't-need-an-exit-plan" strategery.....
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:24 AM
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2. good choice.
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:29 AM
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3. So... only one Asian American allowed at a time?
This is a stupid argument. I didn't know there was an Asian quota.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:34 AM
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4. I think they're assuming too much in the last paragraph
If PE Obama sees another Asian American he likes, he will pick him/her!
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:35 AM
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5. What about hiring the best people for the job and caring a little less about identity politics.
Shinseki, btw, is the right person for the job, obviously. It is just the general sense of the article that bothers me.
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brianna69 Donating Member (339 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:36 AM
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6. Excellent choice
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