By Stephfon Guidry
President Barrack H. Obama is leading the presidential trend of diversifying his judicial picks. Three out of every four of Obama’s federal nominations have either been women or minorities. Obama’s judicial picks are more than just ordinary people he has went against the traditional choices of older white males, in comparison to former presidents Bill Clinton with (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent)[EdgeBoston.com]. To date almost 70 percent of President Obama’s federal judicial picks are diverse– no small feat—this means each of his 98 nominees have a chance at being elected and gaining a lifetime appointment.
The breakdown as Jezebel.com puts it is: “Obama nominees confirmed to date, the administration says 21 percent are African-American, 11 percent are Hispanic, 7 percent are Asian-American and almost half – 47 percent – are women. By comparison, of the 322 judges confirmed during George W. Bush’s presidency, 18 percent were minorities and 22 percent were female.” While celebration is in order for this great variety and positive message of equality Obama has made fifty-five nominees need to be confirmed by the Senate to gain their seats. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (EdgeBoston.com) commented saying, “All of us can be proud of President Obama for taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity in the federal judiciary” This trend of President Obama’s to continue to nominate with diversity in mind puts facts with this his campaign of having the audacity to hope and believe in change.