None of us, including “A Bank Insider” know what happened in the executive session. None of us know for a fact that ‘only the African directors [spoke] for Ngozi’.
If true, that could also mean that no one else was convinced she had the qualities needed for the job.
If you accept her resume looked good–and it does, on paper, as does the statement “A Bank Insider” obtained–maybe other executive directors didn’t feel her gender and nationality trumped the skills, experience, record and behavior they want in Robert Zoellick’s successor. Maybe they did not feel she was someone who could lead the Bank in the new direction they want.
Let us not blame President Obama for the candidates’ performance in a closed, ‘principals only’ meeting. If there’d been leaks or fabrications about Jim Kim doing stunningly well, I doubt “A Bank Insider” would give President Obama credit.
Were I an African executive director, given how loudly their staff been making their views known, I would certainly tell them–and Ngozi–how hard I had fought for her, no matter what I had said or done in the meeting.
And, unfortunately, none of us will ever know. Nor, in my view, should we outsiders.