Eric Holder Confirmed: First Black Attorney General

Published by Pamela Gentry on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 1:40 am.

By Pamela Gentry 

Feb. 2, 2008 – Black History month has begun with the confirmation of Eric Holder as the nation’s first African-American attorney general and the second Black in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

Late Monday night the Senate confirmed the once assistant attorney general under the Clinton administration with a vote 75- 21. 

Holder was a federal prosecutor, judge and the deputy to attorney general at the Justice Department under Janet Reno in the Clinton administration.  Critics of Holder had agreed he was well-qualified for the top job, but questioned a pardon he granted in the last hours of Clinton years and his judicial independence.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Holders staunches supporter said the confirmation was a fulfillment of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream that everyone would be judged by the “content of their character.”

” Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee told his colleagues “Come on the right side of history,”

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mattie said on February 3rd, 2009

GOOD, FINALLY!!! he need’s to go and look into some of those BLACK CASE’S that have been overlooked, when it come’s to RACISM, and I PRAY that, those old WHITE MEN in the SOUTH are still alive, so they can pay for what they did to our people, and trust me, GOD will keep them alive, so they can REAP what they SOWED!!!!!!!!

RED NECK HUNTER said on February 3rd, 2009

I THINK MR HOLDER WILL BE A GREAT ATTORNEY GENENERAL!! WE NEED MORE STRONG UNBIAS PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT!!!

antonius said on February 3rd, 2009

Goog! I’m very proud to be black serious. I hope is gonna be the same in France 1 day may god bless them

ProudBlackInNC said on February 3rd, 2009

Happy Black History Month!!!!!!!!!!!

KELLY said on February 3rd, 2009

I AM VERY PROUD!

IN GOD WE TRUST!!!1 said on February 3rd, 2009

This country is becoming even more BEAUTIFUL and the LAND of the FREE!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Nicee said on February 3rd, 2009

GOD BLESS AMERICA….. AND THE PEOPLE WHO HE HAS BLESSED TO GET INTO THESE OFFICES!!

Alex said on February 3rd, 2009

Ya’ll full of $hit… Ya’ll = black democrats

When Colin Powell became the 1st Black Sec. of State, ya’ll called him a Uncle Tom.
When Condi became the1st Black female Sec of State, ya’ll called her a Token.
Michael Steele is the 1st black to chair the GOP and now ya’ll call him a Token.
Clarence Thomas…Token by ya’ll standards.
These are all Republicans not Democrats.

Why isn’t Obama considered an affirmative action president, huh? I’m just saying. It’s a good thing Holder is Attorney General. But ya’ll are shallow.

....and said on February 3rd, 2009

And you Alex are a republican HATER!
Deal with it your president is a DEMOCRAT!

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Camille said on February 4th, 2009

Alex,

Can you please explain what is the meaning behind an affirmative action president? If you read this story correctly, it states that Holder is the second African American to be in Obama’s cabinet. It doesn’t appear that Obama has appointed him Attorney General for the sake of saying he has an African American in his cabinet. If you are going to call Obama names, please choose the right one next time. Some republicans get this whole thing mixed up. You still think Obama being president has nothing to do with the fact that he is intelligent and qualified, but everything to do with the color of his skin.

RED NECK HUNTER said on February 4th, 2009

ALEX ..ANY BLACK PERSON THAT THINKS LIKE A AFRICAN AMERICAN KNOWS THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE YOU MENTION WERE “HOUSE NEGROS” ONLY PEOPLE LIKE YOUR SELF FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND OF TRUE AFRICAN AMERICANS. YOU HAVE A FORM OF IT ..A FEEL FOR IT ..YOU MAY EVEN LOOK LIKE US, BUT SOMETHING HAS BEEN LOST IN YOUR UP BRINGING OR YOU JUST NEVER FELT COMFORTABLE WITH WHO AND WHAT YOUR PEOPLE STAND FOR AND WENT THRU GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WALK I HOPE YOU FIND PEACE AND YOUR SELF.

Elayne Austin Obama Gubitose said on February 4th, 2009

It is said, The first will be last.
But, the Last will come Back
And Be First again. We are living
it now. Pull your pants up. It is our
time, to be First again. Come out of all.
Learn your Black Histroy today

descants said on February 4th, 2009

Congratulation to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Scottiefan #1 said on February 5th, 2009

HISTORY AGAIN IS MADE !!!……….well Mr Prsident say “Yes we can” and also “Time for Change”………that is wat he did by nominating this very well learned and experienced gentleman, YOU GO MR AG. i truly look forward to more good things to happen (even if de road gets a lil bumpy)……..The people of America have spoken…..AGAIN!

rtd86 said on February 12th, 2009

I’m proud of all of my African-American brothers and sisters who are making great strides for the betterment of our society, not just African-Americans ; MLK Jr wanted equality for everyone not just Blacks. And, while some of our high profile African-Americans (Democratic or Republican) may have been considered Uncle Tom’s/ Tokens, they all tend to have a few things in common–They are all educated and well suited for the positions grants to them. With that said–I pray that our Token Judge (CT) get it together. Slavery days are over…we’re starting to overcome…there’s no excuse for his Hateration…I know he’s from Ga, but come on CT, we are in 2009–not the 1950-’s and 60’s…its ok for you to stop sucking up to MASSA…

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