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    Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas - POLITICO.com Print View

    He may have promised to change Washington, but President Barack Obama is continuing one of its most renowned patronage traditions: bestowing prized ambassadorships on big donors.

    Of the nearly 80 ambassadorship nominations or confirmations since Obama’s Inauguration, 56 percent were given to political appointees and 44 percent have gone to career diplomats, according to records kept by the American Foreign Service Association.

    The latest nomination came this week, when Beatrice Wilkinson Welters was nominated to serve as ambassador to the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

    Welters, a longtime advocate for underprivileged children, and her husband, Anthony, an executive with UnitedHealth Group, generated between $200,000 and $500,000 in donations to Obama’s presidential campaign and an additional $100,000 for his Inauguration, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks political giving.

    The Welters can be counted among the nearly two dozen Obama bundlers — fundraisers who together organized and solicited more than $10 million in donations during the 2008 campaign — who now are being dispatched to some of the world’s greatest cities.

    Charles H. Rivkin, a Los Angeles-based children’s television executive and an $800,000 bundler, is in Paris; Alan Solomont, a Boston-based investor and $500,000 bundler, is in Madrid; Louis B. Susman, a Chicago investor and $500,000 bundler, is in London; and Don Beyer, a Virginia Volvo dealer and $745,000 bundler, is in Bern, Switzerland.

    Nicole Avant, a member of a Motown family dynasty who is credited with bundling up to $800,000 for Obama, was granted the coveted and cushy ambassadorship in Nassau, Bahamas.
    Obama never promised an end to the practice of ambassadorial patronage. In an appearance before his Inauguration, he said, “it would be disingenuous for me to suggest that there are not going to be some” political appointments.

    But what has surprised some foreign policy experts is how traditionally Obama has defined the word “some”: Thus far, the president has not plucked a single career diplomat to fill a traditional political appointment.
    Obama is not the first and will not be the last to do this, but it's still amusing to see how this will be ignored by so many. Giving a plush, taxpayer-funded job to a millionaire donor whose husband is part of a group that Obama has done his damndest to demonize? Hilarious.
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    Re: Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Are you trying to say that the American government is corrupt?

    My word, are you so insensitive to the feeeeeeeeeelings of our Pleasant Democracy?
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    As Mel Brooks said in a Movie "I't good to be the King" sort of beginning to to look like any corrupt politician even with the lie, no sorry "promise" of openness, transparency, and honesty. I make zero out of three on this score card.
    What did anyone expect he's be caught in 158 confirmed lies and did someone say he rented out the Lincoln Bed room. Hey wait a minute didn't the Dims (no spell error) raise hell and make all kinds of accusations? Oh well the Dims are really adept at doublespeak and double standards.
    I wonder what else is for sale from Obama.

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    What are the chances the President or the VP are going to award his donors nobid war contracts?

    What president has not awarded some of their qualified donors with government postitions of all sorts?
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    Why is it every time something bad comes out about one party you have people who instead of saying why they did that or say yes that is wrong they always come back with the usual yeah but look what others have done responce. As long as Americans are willing to put up with this kind of nonsence from our leaders we dont deserve a better GOV. Lets keep playing the blame the other guy game and not demand more from out leaders.
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    Re: Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Quote Originally Posted by braindrain View Post
    Why is it every time something bad comes out about one party you have people who instead of saying why they did that or say yes that is wrong they always come back with the usual yeah but look what others have done responce. As long as Americans are willing to put up with this kind of nonsence from our leaders we dont deserve a better GOV. Lets keep playing the blame the other guy game and not demand more from out leaders.
    Why is the awarding this ambassadorship a bad thing? Is this person not qualified for the position?

    Explain please the bad things that come with this appointment other than they apparently donated to Obama's campaign?

    Obama and the people who contributed to his campaign including bundlers all won the election...He(the President) can appoint who ever he wants to appoint.
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    Re: Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Hooray! Time for the Blame Game!!!

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    Funny....how people really believed that Paul Bremer was actually qualified to be the Ambassador to Iraq..the guy was a freaking unqualified disaster.
    Who's campaign did he donate to?

    I would like to know why these Obama appointees are not qualified for the positions.

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    Re: Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Funny....how people really believed that Paul Bremer was actually qualified to be the Ambassador to Iraq..the guy was a freaking unqualified disaster.
    Who's campaign did he donate to?

    I would like to know why these Obama appointees are not qualified for the positions.
    Because someway or another they have links to the Political game.

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    Re: Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    What are the chances the President or the VP are going to award his donors nobid war contracts?
    Which has what to do with what?

    What president has not awarded some of their qualified donors with government postitions of all sorts?
    None since 1960. What does that have to do with anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Why is the awarding this ambassadorship a bad thing? Is this person not qualified for the position?
    Presumably not, given that they're being selected on the basis of their donations rather than their career service as diplomats.

    Explain please the bad things that come with this appointment other than they apparently donated to Obama's campaign?
    Rather than a career diplomat with experience, we have rich folk serving as diplomats and collecting government paychecks.

    Obama and the people who contributed to his campaign including bundlers all won the election...He(the President) can appoint who ever he wants to appoint.
    Of course he can. Nobody said he can't.

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Funny....how people really believed that Paul Bremer was actually qualified to be the Ambassador to Iraq..the guy was a freaking unqualified disaster.
    You're bouncing around a bit here, going between defending Obama, attacking Bush, and saying that these people are qualified. Pick a theme and stick with it.

    Who's campaign did he donate to?
    http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/se...&submit=Submit

    Nobody.

    I would like to know why these Obama appointees are not qualified for the positions.
    Because none of them have any experience as diplomats and are being appointed instead of career diplomats?

    Stop playing dumb - if it were a Republican doing this, you wouldn't hesitate to call them unqualified.
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