Obama Insults Britain...Again
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Jul 11, 2013
Barack Obama insults Britain again, with a shameless nomination of top donor as US Ambassador to London
by Niles Gardiner
What’s the going rate for the US ambassadorship to London? Apparently around $2.3 million, judging by President Obama’s latest appointment to the Court of St. James’s, the most prestigious diplomatic posting in the world for a US official. This is the amount personally raised by Matthew Barzun, the chief fundraiser (finance chairman) for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, which raked in $730 million in total. Mr Barzun, an internet businessman, was handpicked by the White House to be Obama’s representative in London, despite the fact he has no connection to modern-day Britain and his main qualification for the job appears to be that he has been an effective “bundler” for Barack Obama's two successful presidential election campaigns. His only diplomatic experience has been his recent stint as ambassador to Sweden, hardly a global powerhouse, itself a reward for his role in helping Obama win election in 2008. Ironically, Barzun once interned for John Kerry, when he was Senator for Massachusetts.
The Obama administration will claim this is no big deal. After all, previous US administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have also rewarded major donors with plum diplomatic posts. Barzun’s predecessor, the Eurofederalist Louis Susman, a Chicago chum of Barack Obama, had no diplomatic background whatsoever, but had raised $300,000 for the 2008 Obama campaign. As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs glibly noted at the time of Susman’s appointment in 2009, he was qualified for the ambassadorship “because he speaks English.” The last career diplomat to hold the London post was Raymond Seitz, during the George H.W. Bush administration.
But long-standing precedent doesn’t mean the practice of rewarding party fundraisers is in any way ethical or right, and it certainly doesn’t serve American interests...
In contrast to many of their US counterparts, British ambassadors are in most cases highly experienced diplomats, usually with extensive knowledge of the countries they serve in. Sir Peter Westmacott, Britain’s man in Washington, has 40 years of diplomatic experience, including two stints in the United States, and had previously served as ambassador to France and Turkey.
Despite pledging to clean up Washington, and make government more open and accountable, Barack Obama has been doing exactly the opposite. In April 2009, in his weekly address to the nation, President Obama declared that “it’s time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st Century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative.” Barzun’s nomination (he is still subject to Senate confirmation), suggests the president has absolutely no interest in living up to his own rhetoric.
As The Financial Times has reported,“since the start of his second term, Mr Obama has nominated more than 10 key fundraisers to be ambassadors.” Alongside Barzun, Obama has picked key fundraisers for prestigious posts in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Singapore. And, as a Guardian analysis has found,“the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees” has soared to a staggering $1.8 million per post, a figure that has raised eyebrows among long-serving US career diplomats, with one senior former ambassador describing the grubby practice as “simony,” or the selling of public office....
#2 Jul 11, 2013
The real qualification for an appointment by barry Hussein Obama is do they travel the Hershey hiway and can the make a fist.
#3 Jul 11, 2013
Qualifications needed, able to make a fist and plow the Hershey hiway
#4 Jul 11, 2013
The current President is not qualified for his position.
Why expect the Ambassador to the UK be qualified for his?
Why do you people still have positive expectations of Barack Hussein Obama after all this time?
It is not going to happen!
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