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  1. Real World

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    Meet the new people, same as the old people.

    Obama Offers Prime Posts to Those Who Helped Bankroll Campaign

    By Jonathan D. Salant and Julianna Goldman

    May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Louis Susman has one thing in common with many of his predecessors nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom: money.

    Susman, 71, a retired Citigroup Inc. senior investment banker, raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and another $300,000 for his inauguration. On Wednesday, Obama nominated Susman to the post formally known as the Court of St. James.

    Like Andrew Mellon, Joseph Kennedy and Walter Annenberg before him, Susman’s credentials stem more from involvement in financing party politics than foreign policy experience.

    Even with his pledges to change government, Obama is following the tradition of his predecessors by offering some ambassadorships to top campaign backers, including four of the 12 nominations this week. The president acknowledged in a news conference in January that donors might get plum postings.


    Bloomberg.com: News
     
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    Makes one wonder about the relevancy of ambassadorships to nations like England, Ireland, Switzerland etc... the real work is done by the Embassy Staff and the position is largely titular... maybe it is time to do something different than just award these to political donors.. make them a professional position..

    Bush did the same thing..William Farish III was appointed to the English Ambassadorship.. he was a wealthy Houston Business man.. the guy who followed him Robert Tuttle was a big fund raiser for George.. so it is the DC game played over and over again..

    The position pays about 150K per year, so for these guys their service comes at a great sacrifice..:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    My point exactly. Meet the new people, same as the old people. That's all I'm saying.


    "It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington."
    Barack Obama


    "I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."
    Barack Obama
     
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    I am just raising the issue of relevancy of Ambassadors.. they are largely a feel good position, the career diplomats do all the work.. not disputing what you said at all.
     
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    It's change we can believe in.
     
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    4X150K=600K during Obama's term. She gave Obama between 300k and 400k. She earned more than what she GAVE Obama in addition to all the bonus that she receives when she is a US ambassador.

    Does she still come out ON TOP? I think so.
     
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    Hiring your friends and bankrollers is the oldest unwritten rule in politics...people change, unwritten rules like that don't.
     
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    obvious spin...........so obama is not about change since you gravitate to the 'bush did the same thing'
     
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    So basically, it's politics as usual. My point exactly.
     
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    the argument was about the relevancy of the position.. but of course you read what you want to read..
     
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    "Her" name is Louis, understand how you can get confused.. after all Susman does sound like Susan..

    Could you please give information of the Ambassador Bonus program, I missed it... is it based on performance appraisal??

    My comments were tongue in cheek..
     
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    #24 Jersey


    No question ... Ambassadors are political plums. I remember when former Providence mayor Paolino was ambassador to Malta ... wow ... that changed the world.
     
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    Right, but also as old as DC itself. The fact that people keep raising eyebrows about the cronyism is a shock itself...
     
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    I thought someone was going to change DC, and the politics as usual. I guess not. Sounds like a campaign slogan, as old as DC itself.


    Meet the new guy, same as all the old guys. That really is my only point here.
     
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    YOUR argument was about relevancy........you did not respond to the OP
     
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    He muttered them when he almost walked through the glass window in the white house, he says them whenever his new puppy sh!ts on a rug.

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    Alert these comments are not about relevancy note comments from Post #2 of this thread....

     
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