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Old 01-24-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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Obama promised no special access for big donors, no lobbyists in positions of power, etc...

Yet our newly nominated ambassadors can't even answer simple questions from McCain about the countries. Shouldn't our ambassador to a country know the country? How does this guy ignorant of major current Norwegian politics get the nod to be ambassador there? Oh yeah, he is a top Obama donor and fundraiser.

This guy didn't know that Norway doesn't have a "president", is a constitutional monarchy, and then botches up the question of the anti-immigration party in Norway.

John McCain was also befuddled how Obama's pick for ambassador to Hungary (another Obama big donor) couldn't name what the US interests were in the country.

Hope and Change was snake oil...we got more of the same.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:27 AM
 
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Yahoo!

Obama promised no special access for big donors, no lobbyists in positions of power, etc...

Yet our newly nominated ambassadors can't even answer simple questions from McCain about the countries. Shouldn't our ambassador to a country know the country? How does this guy ignorant of major current Norwegian politics get the nod to be ambassador there? Oh yeah, he is a top Obama donor and fundraiser.

This guy didn't know that Norway doesn't have a "president", is a constitutional monarchy, and then botches up the question of the anti-immigration party in Norway.

John McCain was also befuddled how Obama's pick for ambassador to Hungary (another Obama big donor) couldn't name what the US interests were in the country.

Hope and Change was snake oil...we got more of the same.
Such it has ever been, and so it will ever be.

"Political" (i.e., big donor) appointments to friendly countries has always been the norm. If Senator McCain had won the presidency, he would have done the same. Indeed, I can't think of a president who has not appointed huge donors to places like the Court of St. James, Canada, etc. Of course, for more problematic countries the appointees are usually 'career' diplomats.

Heck, in our history there have been people appointed as Ambassador who rarely, if ever, even visited the country they were appointed to.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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Such it has ever been, and so it will ever be.

"Political" (i.e., big donor) appointments to friendly countries has always been the norm. If Senator McCain had won the presidency, he would have done the same. Indeed, I can't think of a president who has not appointed huge donors to places like the Court of St. James, Canada, etc. Of course, for more problematic countries the appointees are usually 'career' diplomats.

Heck, in our history there have been people appointed as Ambassador who rarely, if ever, even visited the country they were appointed to.
I agree, it is too common of a procedure to name unqualified donors.

We need someone with courage to do what is right - we don't have that in this president.

I am glad that you agree that Hope and Change was a BS gimmick to win votes with no better integrity than previous administrations.



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Old 01-24-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Because it is just an ambassador position to a non important seat, seriously, does the US ambassador in Norway do anything other than love living in Norway?
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Yahoo!

Obama promised no special access for big donors, no lobbyists in positions of power, etc...

Yet our newly nominated ambassadors can't even answer simple questions from McCain about the countries. Shouldn't our ambassador to a country know the country? How does this guy ignorant of major current Norwegian politics get the nod to be ambassador there? Oh yeah, he is a top Obama donor and fundraiser.

This guy didn't know that Norway doesn't have a "president", is a constitutional monarchy, and then botches up the question of the anti-immigration party in Norway.

John McCain was also befuddled how Obama's pick for ambassador to Hungary (another Obama big donor) couldn't name what the US interests were in the country.

Hope and Change was snake oil...we got more of the same.
A lot of these posts are given to influential people and friends of the president, but at least he could choose someone competent and knowledgeable from the long list of his many donors.

Get used to it, if you have not figured it out by now, Obama's policies are only about rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies, and not about what is best for our nation and our people.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Is Shirley Temple still available?
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Because it is just an ambassador position to a non important seat, seriously, does the US ambassador in Norway do anything other than love living in Norway?
You are right, ambassadors to Norway, Hungary, and etc have ZERO purpose.

Furthermore, it is okay that Obama is highly disingenuous and that Hope and Change was BS. We should accept this from our politicians so long as they are dreamy Democrats that send thrills up our leg.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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You are right, ambassadors to Norway, Hungary, and etc have ZERO purpose.

Furthermore, it is okay that Obama is highly disingenuous and that Hope and Change was BS. We should accept this from our politicians so long as they are dreamy Democrats that send thrills up our leg.
Most presidents are going to pick people they know for positions like these, if Obama was picking a buddy to run something like FEMA then I would have issue with that, but this is just being upset for the sake of being upset.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:56 AM
 
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Most presidents are going to pick people they know for positions like these, if Obama was picking a buddy to run something like FEMA then I would have issue with that, but this is just being upset for the sake of being upset.
Obama was to be different. No special access to big donors. He is filling spots with unqualified donors. If this doesn't look bad for Mr. Hope and Change, then you have drunk too much kool-aid.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Obama was to be different. No special access to big donors. He is filling spots with unqualified donors. If this doesn't look bad for Mr. Hope and Change, then you have drunk too much kool-aid.
Again, what qualifications does one need to be the Ambassador in Norway? Is it a requirement to love skiing and coffee?
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