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Bill Richardson named Commerce Secretary

Barack Obama has named Bill Richardson as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. From this::
[After the announcement, Richardson] addressed a news conference in Chicago in English and in Spanish, saying Obama has a vision he thinks will revitalize the American economy and restore the country's position of respect around the world.

In addition, Richardson said, "It will be a great honor to serve a president that recognizes America's diversity is its greatest strength."
Love that quota system:
Although Richardson becomes the first Latino appointed to the Cabinet now in formation, Obama suggested the New Mexico governor won't be the last Latino to have an important position in his administration...

He also suggested that Latino voters, who voted for him in large numbers in the general election, should not be disappointed with his decisions thus far.

"I've appointed about half of my Cabinet so far," Obama said. "When people look back and see the entire slate ... not only in terms of my Cabinet but in terms of White House staff, I think people are going to say this is one of the most diverse Cabinets and White House staffs of all time."

Yet, at the same time, Obama maintained that this isn't why any of those appointees are being named to their positions.

"There's no contradiction between diversity and excellence," Obama said. "I'm looking for the best people, first and foremost. It just so happens that Bill Richardson is one of those people."
UPDATE: Per this, here's at least part of what Richardson said in Spanish:
Like President-elect Obama told us 'si se puede' our vote has become our voice. The election has demonstrated our power and our unity. We have to keep fighting for our rights. At the same time, keep chasing the American dream for all... To the millions of inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean, we have to strengthen our ties and remember the importance of having a unified hemisphere.
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Politics · Wed, 12/03/2008 - 13:53 · Importance: 9

Wed, 12/03/2008 - 20:10
petty bourgeois

diversity=anti-hetero-white-male racism thanks for electing this clown, america.

Wed, 12/03/2008 - 23:25
Fred Dawes
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petty bourgeois Bill Richarson grand father was white all other family of bill is Mexican in fact Bill was born inside mexico and has many family inside mexico, if you mean mexicans are white racism, but bill is in fact a mix race guy, and is on tape as stated to many mexicans he hates whites and the ideals of the former usa, he stated this at a la raza ( the race )crowd of murderous drug dealers and brown Reds.

Wed, 12/03/2008 - 23:32
Leave it to Beaner

Theft of nuclear secrets were carried out at los alamos under Richardsons watch. He even admits to this treasonist blunder. Clearly this is a choice based on a debt, not on his ability. Thanks bush for making this possible

Thu, 12/04/2008 - 18:14
Fred Dawes
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but Leave it to beaner Bill has his race cards and he can use that card to get out of anything inside a dead PC Country.