Barack Obama has ruled out becoming a member of Joe Biden’s cabinet as he looks to take over the White House in January.
Speaking in a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning’s Gayle King, the former President joked that his wife, Michelle, would leave him if he did:
“I will help him in any ways that I can, But now, you know, I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.”
“There are probably some things I would not be doing, ’cause Michelle would leave me. She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doin’ what?’ ”
“I’m drivin’ along – I’m still not driving, But I’m in the car, in the back seat, and I’m, you know, I don’t know, looking at my iPad or something. And suddenly we stop, and I’m like, ‘What’s goin’ on?’ There’s a red light!’ There’s a car right next to us. Some kids are, you know, eating a burrito or something in the back seat. ‘Oh. Back to life!’ ‘
This comes after it was found that 46% of the Biden transition team and 41% of senior staff member are people of colour.
Co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition, Ted Kaufman, has made the following statement:
FOR MONTHS, THE BIDEN-HARRIS TRANSITION HAS LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR A BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION, AND AT THE CORE OF THAT WORK IS AN UNRELENTING COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY.
AS WE CONTINUE WORKING FULL-SPEED AHEAD TO INAUGURATION, OUR DIVERSE GROUP OF LEADERS AND STAFF ARE REFLECTIVE OF AMERICA — UPHOLDING PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT HARRIS’ BELIEF THAT THROUGH DIVERSE VOICES WE CAN DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A POLICY VISION TO TACKLE OUR NATION’S TOUGHEST CHALLENGES.
President-elect Biden pledged that his administration will ‘look like America’:
MY ADMINISTRATION’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE AMERICA, NOT JUST MY STAFF, THE ADMINISTRATION FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT STRAIGHT DOWN THROUGH CABINET MEMBERS TO MAJOR PLAYERS WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE COURT. IT’S GOING TO BE A REFLECTION OF WHO WE ARE AS A NATION.