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Obama Fails Hispanics

La Prensa-San Diego, Commentary, Raoul Lowery Contreras Posted: Dec 09, 2008

The Hispanic who voted for Barack Obama hoping for change, for recognition and for a place in the political sun, will be waiting for a long time. It has not happened and probably will not.

Hispanics have been given a middle-index finger by Obama and his aides who dont seem to be able to find any Hispanics worthy of filling varsity jobs in the Obama cabinet or White House.

Sure, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, whose mother is of Mexican origin, appears to be the new Secretary of Commerce, but Carlos Gutierrez, who was a business star before his nomination, currently holds the job. Richardson is a career politician with a substantial foreign policy resume who was eclipsed by Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. He does not have a private business background.

Richardson served as Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy under President William Clinton. Before that service, Richardson was a New Mexico congressman.

No other Hispanic politician, business or academic leader has been mentioned for any other prominent jobs in the Obama administration. One would think that Obamas people could find some Hispanic to appoint to a prominent job, George W. Bush did (he appointed three Hispanics to the Cabinet).

In fact, it was Ronald Reagan who made the first Hispanic cabinet appointment with President Bush (41) making two Hispanic cabinet appointments. Clinton, did not improve on the history-making Reagan-Bush appointments to the Cabinet, he simply maintained the Reagan-Bush record and that didnt last long with one convicted of a federal crime and the other fired for incompetence.

As mentioned, GWB made three Hispanic cabinet appointments a historical record.

So, other than Bill Richardson, where are the other prospective Hispanic appointments to high positions in the change administration of Barack Obama?

Here is where the insult to Hispanics enters. Greg Craig, high-powered Washington, D.C. attorney, has been named White House Counselor, a job held by Alberto Gonzalez in the first Bush Administration. Craigs claim to fame is that he represented the Cuban Communist father of little Elian Gonzalez, the boy who survived the ocean crossing from Cuba to Florida on an inflated inner tube.

Most American Hispanics were outraged that Bill Clinton and his Attorney General authorized a pre-dawn illegal raid by machine gun armed immigration officers to take Elian away from his Miami relatives. Craig is now Obamas Counsel-to-be.

Obama, who has never visited Latin America, not even Tijuana, seems to be living out this writers predictions and observations that he wouldnt know a Hispanic if he tripped on one.

Proof, Eric Holder is the Attorney General-to-be. He was burning the predawn oil supervising the illegal raid and grab of Elian Gonzalez that morning in Miami that was immortalized by a news photo of a storm trooper brandishing a machine gun in the face of a hysterical 5-year-old boy.

Remember? Better yetComprende?

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