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The surprising demographics of the Obama administration

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It's always interesting to see what sort of people a President wants to surround himself with. The following is a list of some of the most powerful politicians in the country. All were either nominated by President Obama and then confirmed by the United States Senate, or else were simply appointed to their positions without Senate approval by the President.

Secretary of State: John Kerry - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Secretary of the Treasury: Jack Lew - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel - White non-Hispanic male.

Attorney General: Eric Holder - Black non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of the Interior: Sally Jewell - White non-Hispanic female.

Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack - White non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of Commerce: Penny Pritzker - White non-Hispanic female of Jewish descent.

Secretary of Labor: Thomas Perez - Multiracial Hispanic male.

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Sylvia Mathews Burwell - White non-Hispanic female.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Julian Castro - Multiracial Hispanic male.

Secretary of Transportation: Anthony Foxx - Black non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of Energy: Ernest Moniz - White non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan - White non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert A. McDonald - White non-Hispanic male.

Secretary of Homeland Security: Jeh Johnson - Black non-Hispanic male.

White House Chief of Staff: Denis McDonough - White non-Hispanic male.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Shaun Donovan - White non-Hispanic male.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Gina McCarthy - White non-Hispanic female.

United States Trade Representative: Michael Froman - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Ambassador to the United Nations: Samantha Power - White non-Hispanic female.

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: Jason Furman - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Maria Contreras-Sweet - White Hispanic female.

Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Melissa Rogers - White non-Hispanic female.

Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy: Douglas M. Brooks - Black non-Hispanic male.

Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States: Steven VanRoekel - White non-Hispanic male.

White House Counsel: Warren Neil Eggleston - White non-Hispanic male.

Surgeon General of the United States: Boris Lushniak - White non-Hispanic male.

Administrator of NASA: Charles Bolden - Black non-Hispanic male.

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: John Holdren - White non-Hispanic male.

Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Richard Cordray - White non-Hispanic male.

United States National Security Advisor: Susan Rice - Black non-Hispanic female.

Senior Advisor to the President of the United States: Valerie Jarrett - Black non-Hispanic female.

White House Communications Director: Jennifer Palmieri - White non-Hispanic female.

Senior Counselor to the U.S. President for Manufacturing Policy: Ron Bloom - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers: Edward B. Montgomery - Black non-Hispanic male.

Chief Diplomatic Officer for the Department of Homeland Security: Alan Bersin - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator: Howard Shelanski - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation: Kenneth Feinberg - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Cybersecurity Coordinator: Michael Daniel - White non-Hispanic male.

Director of National Drug Control Policy: Michael Botticelli - White non-Hispanic male.

Chief Performance Officer of the United States: Jeffrey Zients - White non-Hispanic male of Jewish descent.

Chief Technology Officer of the United States: Todd Park - Asian non-Hispanic male.

White House Press Secretary: Josh Earnest - White non-Hispanic male.

Counselor to the President: John Podesta - White non-Hispanic male.

These are the top Cabinet, Cabinet-level, and other appointees and advisors of the 44th President of the United States. Fittingly, this list includes a total of 44 names. Now let's take a look at the demographic breakdown, and how it compares with the demographics of the country overall.

Percent non-Hispanic White in the U.S. - 64%

Percent non-Hispanic White in the Obama administration - 73%

Percent Black in the U.S. - 13%

Percent Black in the Obama administration - 18%

Percent Asian in the U.S. - 5%

Percent Asian in the Obama administration - 2%

Percent Hispanic in the U.S. - 16%

Percent Hispanic in the Obama administration - 7%

Percent male in the U.S. - 49%

Percent male in the Obama administration - 77%

Percent Jewish in the U.S. - 2%

Percent Jewish in the Obama administration - 23%

It appears that non-Hispanic Whites and Blacks are somewhat overrepresented in the Obama administration at the expense of Hispanics and Asians. Men are greatly overrepresented at the expense of women. And finally, Jews are wildly overrepresented at the expense of Gentiles.