After Complaints About Diversity In 2nd Term Appointments, Congressional Black Caucus Thanks Obama

“I thanked him for Anthony Foxx and Mel Watt,” Fudge tells BuzzFeed. posted on

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WASHINGTON — The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus is apparently no longer concerned that President Obama isn’t appointing enough African Americans to high-level government jobs.

“What I did today is I thanked the president for [Transportation Secretary] Anthony Foxx and for [Federal Housing Finance Agency nominee] Mel Watt,” Rep. Marcia Fudge told BuzzFeed after she and other members of the CBC had their first sit-down meeting with Obama since 2011 on Tuesday.

Fudge, an Ohio Democrat who’s led the CBC since January, sent a strongly-worded letter to the president in March complaining about his second term appointments.

“You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your cabinet,” she wrote. “However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity.”

Despite the tough words back then, Fudge told reporters after the 90 minute meeting with Obama, there’s not much dividing Obama and the CBC these days.

“Certainly there are some obvious differences in how we thing they should go forward and the way that the White House wants to move them forward,” Fudge said. “But we are on the same page.”

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