President Obama hopes that his appointment of Julia Pierson to run the Secret Service eases some of the criticism he has received that his inner circle is lacking in diversity. Pierson’s appointment makes her the first female to be in charge of the Secret Service.
Pierson, who is 53, is a career veteran at the Secret Service and is currently the chief of staff at the agency. Her appointment to be Director at the Service does not require confirmation by the Senate.
Obama said, in announcing Pierson’s promotion on Tuesday that in her 30 plus years of experience in the Secret Service she has exemplified the dedication and spirit the women and men of the service demonstrate each day.
When the president started his second term in office, he received a considerable amount of criticism from fellow Democrats and the media that he was putting together a boys’ club around him. This thought process was fuelled in part when the first major appointments he made were white men, including Chuck Hagel as his defense secretary, Jack Lew for treasury secretary, Denis McDonough as his chief of staff and John Kerry for secretary of state.
The elevation of Kerry from the U.S. Senate was quite unsettling for critics of the President because he replaced a woman, Hillary Clinton, with a male as the top diplomat in the country.
Obama since that time has named both Hispanics and women to his top jobs. The new secretary of labor is Tom Perez, Ernest Moniz is the secretary of energy and Sally Jewell the secretary of the interior.
With Pierson added in, Obama can now charge that the critics’ cry for lack of diversity does not hold much water.