Obama Cabinet Picks: Critics Cite Few Women

Jack Lew's nomination as Treasury secretary underscores gender imbalance.
2:33 | 01/10/13

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To the white house, now. Where president obama is firming up his team for the second term. This afternoon, he'll announce that white house chief of staff, jack lew, is his pick for treasury secretary. That means for the first time in years, all of the premier cabinet positions will be covered by money. Jon karl is covering the shuffle in the white house. Good morning, jon. Reporter: Good morning, george. Some critics aring le ilooking at the emerging second-term cabinet and wondering, where are the women? Today, jack lew for treasury secretary. Earlier this week, chuck hagel for defense. And john brennan for cia. And before that, john kerry for secretary of state. Four top appointments since the election. Four men. And then, this. "The new york times" published the white house photograph wednesday, showing the president speaking with top advisers in the oval office. Ten people visible, all men. And late wednesday, labor secretary, hilda solis announced she's leaving. The third woman in the cabinet heading for the exits. All this prompted "washington post" columnist, ruth marcus, to quip, it's "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy's leaving. It's time for me to move on. Reporter: The white house says such criticism is way offbase. Women serve in key policy roles as they do in the administration. Reporter: As that all-male photo hit "the new york times," the white house released a new photo of the day, with a slightly different look. Overall, about 43% of the president's appointees have been women. Considerably more than president bush. And president obama chose women for arguably his two most important nominees, to the supreme court. Soon, the president will have to replace jack lew as chief of staff. The top candidates are, you guessed it, men. And if jack lew is confirmed as treasury secretary, get ready to see the loopiest signature you've ever seen on a dollar bill. Take a look. This is jack lew's actual signature. And that will go on every bill, of course, if he is confirmed as treasury secretary. Don't really know what that literally actually says. It looks like a slinky, jon. I know, jack, he might clean it up a little bit. You talked about the white house chief of staff pick. LIKELY NOT TODAY, but McDonough and klain, both qualified candidates. Absolutely. And both close to the president. ESPECIALLY denis McDonough. He was in the situation room with the president the night of the bin laden raid. And the debate prep for the president this year. Let's go to josh for the rest of the morning headlines. We're going to look at

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