A National Journal survey last year of 250 decision-makers in the Obama administration found that no fewer than 40 percent of them held Ivy League degrees. Moreover, just one-quarter of those officials held graduate degrees from a public university. In fact, more Obama administration officials secured advanced degrees from Oxford—you know, in England—than from any American public school. And more than 60 either attended Harvard as an undergrad or a grad student.
The survey also found than an overwhelming majority of administration officials hailed from the Northeast, with the West and South severely underrepresented. Just 18 percent came from a state that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. As the survey noted, "You're more likely to find someone who grew up overseas working in the top ranks in the administration than someone who grew up in Texas."