Times are a-changin’.
It seems now you do not need to have any foreign policy nor foreign relations experience to become an Ambassador for the United States. All you need are deep pockets with the contents going to a certain “Teleprompter in Chief”.
This in via Bloomberg via Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:
Ambassador “Vacuum Cleaner” Gets CompanyLouis Susman of Chicago was nicknamed “the vacuum cleaner” because he was so good at cleaning out the pockets of the wealthy to get them to give to Democratic causes and candidates. As noted on this blog last February, Susman was in line for ambassadorship to Britain after having raised $240 milliion for Democrats.
The Susman appointment now is official, as are the appointments of numerous other wealthy contributors to the Obama campaign, including (via Bloomberg News):
— John Roos, chief executive officer of the Palo Alto, California-based law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, to Japan. He raised more than $500,000 for Obama.
— Charles Rivkin, chief executive officer of Wildbrain Inc., to France. Rivkin collected more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign and $300,000 for his inauguration.
— Laurie Fulton, a partner with Williams & Connolly LLP, to Denmark. Fulton, 59, raised $100,000 to $200,000.
Obama is continuing the presidential tradition of rewarding campaign contributors and denigrating career foreign service officers. So much for change, more like business as usual.