Submitted By Todd on July 11th at 10:54am
The Obama administration announced that a top fundraiser will be its German ambassador this week.Obama's vigorous pursuit of a new way of doing business in Washington is reminiscent of OJ Simpson's commitment to spending the rest of his days searching for the real killers.
Massachusetts Democratic fund-raiser Alan Solomont, who helped raise $800,000 for President Obama, is close to being tapped for an ambassador’s post to Spain, several sources told the Herald. Solomont, one of the nation’s biggest Democratic money men, is in Washington receiving official State Department training for the plum position, sources said.Is this unusual behavior? Don't Presidents usually pay off political allies with sweet jobs as diplomats?
The White House, unaware of historic norms, had been on track to give more than the usual 30 percent of ambassadorial jobs to political appointees until objections from career diplomats forced it to reconsider, administration officials say.So it took protests from inside the state department to get Obama officials 1) aware of how Washington does business, and 2) not to whore out the nation more than the normal President does.
"The White House has come around, and we truly expect that, at the end of the process, the balance will be within historical norms," said one senior administration official who asked not to be named because he was discussing internal deliberations."Change you can believe in.
The Washington Times reported Tuesday that an old college roommate, the head of an entertainment production company and a lawyer whose family made its money selling vacuum cleaners are among more than a dozen people who have been given ambassadorships after raising a total of at least $4 million for Mr. Obama's campaign, according to public records.