Keisha Lance Bottoms, the director of the Office of Public Engagement, is the latest high-ranking official to resign from Joe Biden’s presidency, which is beset by frightening instability at the top executive staff level.
Tuesday, the White House announced that former Columbia, South Carolina, mayor Stephen Benjamin will replace Bottoms, who left after only eight months on the job.
“I have leaned on Keisha as a close advisor with exceptional instincts, and I am grateful to her for serving our nation with honor and integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “I wish her the best as she returns home to Atlanta to be with her family.”
Bottoms, the former one-term mayor of Atlanta, does not have a position lined up, which raises questions as to why so many senior executives have left the floundering government during the first two years of Biden’s presidency.
In line with his poisonous prioritizing of race over color-blind credentials, Biden has replaced the head of the Office of Public Engagement with another black guy.
The White House news release described the office’s mission as working “at the local, state, and national levels to ensure community leaders, diverse perspectives, and new voices have the opportunity to inform the work of the President in an inclusive, transparent and responsible way.”
Significantly, though, the 80-year-old Democrat has lost a substantial number of minority workers since assuming office in 2021, a harsh indictment of his affirmative action recruiting selections.
Politico invented the phrase “Blaxit” (a combination of the words “black” and “exit”) to characterize the departure of over 21 black aides during Biden’s first year in office.
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An unnamed official stated that a dysfunctional and disorderly environment was a major factor in the mass resignations.
The official told Politico in May 2022, “They gave us a mandate to execute on all the things that we promised, and not only are we not delivering on that front, but then we’re not also delivering to the staff that came in on the basis of that promise.”
“People go home to their families or their communities, and what can they point to specifically? They can’t even point to their own experiences as positive.”
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With the latest resignation, 29 senior-level executives (out of 66) have dumped the Biden administration as of Tuesday, making the turnover rate an alarming 44 percent, according to tracking data compiled by the Brookings Institution. CONTINUE READING…