Obama Beats Clinton for Most Gay Appointees
President Obama has had a mixed track record in dealing with gay rights issues, but midway through his first term, he's reached at least one milestone: appointing more openly gay officials than any other U.S. president.
Obama broke the record previously held by Bill Clinton by appointing an estimated 150 openly gay officials, including the highest-ranking gay official ever -- Office of Personnel Management director John Berry, who oversees nearly 2 million federal employees.
As the AP points out, Obama's gay appointees have received little notice for their sexual orientation, in part because of the groundwork laid during the Clinton administration.
[F]ew of the appointees -- about two dozen required Senate confirmation -- have stirred much controversy. It's a far cry from the 1993 furor surrounding Clinton's nomination of then-San Francisco Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg as assistant secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Achtenberg was the first openly gay official to serve at such a senior level, and she won confirmation despite contentious hearings and Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who denounced her as a "militant extremist."
Now if Obama would show some more backbone for gay rights issues, we might really get somewhere.