The Dixie Lie

So conservatives are up in arms because Barack Obama hasn’t appointed southerners into his administration.

The problem with that? It’s a lie:

  1. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was raised in Alabama.
  2. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is the Mayor of Dallas, Texas.
  3. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson was raised in Louisiana and attended Tulane University.
  4. Defense Secretary Robert Gates served as the President of Texas A&M University.
  5. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent 12 years as the First Lady of Arkansas.

So that’s 5 out of 25 high-level administration appointees that have southern roots.

I guess these are the beginnings of the endless fauxtroversies and poutrage that Republicans will drum up for the next four-to-eight years.