“I love the South,” Obama said in an interview Wednesday with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a small group of reporters from other newspapers at the White House.
Asked why his cabinet and senior staff at last count includes seven Midwesterners, five Northerners, six Westerners and only two Southerners so far — namely spokesman and Alabama native Robert Gibbs and EPA administrator and New Orleans native Lisa Jackson — Obama acknowledged he didn’t exactly keep geography in mind when he was looking for his top advisers.
“If you’ve got some great Southerners who want to work for us, please let me know,” he said. “Because we’re always open.”
In an hour-long session, Obama also touched on everything from food safety and the salmonella outbreak that originated in at a Georgia peanut plant to the economy and immigration issues. Go to www.ajc.com for more.
I voted for Pres. Obama because I thought he could take this country to a new age of prosperity. Although it has been a rockey start for the president, he's going to get things turned around. As for the south, this is the last regional stronghold for the GOP. If dems can crack this region starting in 2010, the GOP are going to be in the wilderness for a long time.