Of course what that really means is that the President told her that he was no longer going to nominate her for the job. The President has a lousy record of not standing up for African Americans in his administration.
There have been several Black members of his administration that have come under attack by Republicans. There was Van Jones, Desirée Rogers and of course Mrs. Shirley Sherrod. In the cases of Mr. Jones and Ms. Rogers the President forced them to resign after pressure from Republicans. And the saddest case of all was that of Mrs. Sherrod. She was the victim of a crazy Republican huckster who edited a speech of hers to make it seem as though she was making a racist speech, which she was not. But, the President didn’t wait for all of the information regarding that situation, he fired her. Then he blamed the firing on someone else.
And here we go again, the President is once again showing that he has no fight in him when it comes to African Americans in his administration. The Republicans have been on one about a statement that Ambassador Rice made about an incident in Libya. They claim she made false statements. But, that’s not really the reason. They know that if they could get the President to do as he normally does, capitulate, that the next in line for the Secretary of State job would be Senator John Kerry. If Kerry is approved for the Secretary of State job then his Massachusetts Senate seat will be up for grabs. And that’s what the Republicans really want.
Those Republicans are evil geniuses for sure. They knew that the President would eventually play dead if they attacked an African American on his staff. They have seen it before.
And of course there will be no political price to pay for the President. I mean African Americans, for the most part, worship the President. So they aren’t too likely to see this pattern nor say much about any of this.
In the mean time, another African American Obama Administration employee bites the dust.