WH: We had no idea how many ambassadorships we could sell

posted at 11:54 am on July 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

On Wednesday, the Washington Times published the growing list of Barack Obama donors who have found sinecures at State as ambassadors for the US.  The White House had apparently not known that previous administrations held only about 30% of such positions as patronage for its contributors, and the professional corps of diplomats had become annoyed at Chicago-sur-le-Potomac.  The Times now reports that the Obama administration has discovered its error and promises to go and sin no more:

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.

As a result of the reversal, some donors to President Obama’s election campaign – as well as senior advisers and other supporters of the campaigns of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – are likely to find their hopes of being rewarded with an embassy dashed.

“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.

Mr. Obama has been criticized in recent weeks for continuing the tradition of handing out ambassadorships to major campaign donors with no experience in foreign affairs.

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.

Barack Obama is hardly the first US president to hand out ambassadorships to big-time donors.  That practice has a long and inglorious history, including Richard Nixon setting a $250,000 contribution floor for wannabe statesmen.  All of the previous presidents understood that a certain level of discretion is required, however, to allow people to ignore it.

This brings us to the supposedly Day One-ready Barack Obama.  He has fumbled on diplomacy and protocol now for almost six months, whether it comes to gift exchanges with the British or the proper method of greeting monarchs, such as Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.  Not only did Obama not know how to conduct himself, he seems curiously incurious about it even now.

Contributor patronage isn’t limited to the State Department, either.  Obama has handed out plum appointments to about half of his above-average bundlers to areas like the FCC and the Department of Justice, where Congress just made a fetish of non-partisanship in its previous session.  Under Obama, the sale of offices seems to have reached a nadir, and this from the man who promised Hope and Change.  A subsequent promise to hold cronyism and influence-purchasing within historical limits seems like a reversal all its own.


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Is Caroline Kennedy still trying to buy one?

Upstater85 on July 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Dem or Pub this should not be going on. 0% should be the goal. As we find just more of the same from this government.

CWforFreedom on July 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I really keep hoping to wake up from a nightmare that began right after election day.

Grafted on July 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I’m just curious. Which embassy did ACORN get?

Guardian on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

unaware of historic norms

There’s nothing normal about a 30% threshold when it comes to buying government stuff.

SouthernGent on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

We are living in bizarro world.

PBoilermaker on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Can you bid on them at ebay?

the_nile on July 10, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Guardian on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

They got diplomatic immunity in all 57 states :)

HoustonRight on July 10, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Can you bid on them at ebay?

the_nile on July 10, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Too close to capitalism…

Upstater85 on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I bid $10,000 on Undersecretary of Defense.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Obama has handed out plum appointments to about half of his above-average bundlers bunglers to …

The above change is more accurate reflection of this administration.

WashJeff on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Change we can believe in…

ladyingray on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Craigslist we can believe in…

Firebird on July 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

This brings us to the supposedly Day One-ready Barack Obama. He has fumbled on diplomacy and protocol now for almost six months {…}

One has to wonder, what the hell were these people doing during the days of “Office of the President Elect”? Sitting around filling bowls with apples?

This administration is the biggest joke in the history of the world.

UltimateBob on July 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I bid $10,000 on Undersecretary of Defense.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

That’s better the Under[the]secretary of Department of Homeland Security.

WashJeff on July 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Hope and Change! The adults are in charge!!

/sarc

rbj on July 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I bid $10,000 on Undersecretary of Defense.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I bid $12,500…

Firebird on July 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Mr. Obama has been criticized in recent weeks for continuing the tradition of handing out ambassadorships to major campaign donors with no experience in foreign affairs.

Apparently, no MSM article is complete w/o an implicit jab at W.

Bbbut W did it!?!

LastRick on July 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Which embassy did ACORN get?

Zimbabwe. Mugabe is invaluable to Ogabe.

JiangxiDad on July 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

As a result of the reversal, some donors to President Obama’s election campaign – as well as senior advisers and other supporters of the campaigns of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – are likely to find their hopes of being rewarded with an embassy dashed.

_________________________
‘No soup for YOU!’

cmsinaz on July 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Is Caroline Kennedy still trying to buy one?

Upstater85 on July 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Ambassador to Disneyland?

Pablo on July 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM

In fairness to Obama..hasn’t every administration done this. I remember Bush getting slammed for doing the same thing.
RR

ramrants on July 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM

All of the previous presidents understood that a certain level of discretion is required,

money quote….He just doesn’t get it….

cmsinaz on July 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM

What’s salary on these jobs. Anyone know?

Cuz if I have to bundle up $250,000 to get a $200,000k/year job for 4 years; that’s not a bad investment.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Not surprised Barry is selling. Hell, he’s always in campaign mode. Given Michelle’s taste in clothing and shoes, I can see where Barry needs a constant source of cash.

GarandFan on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

All of the previous presidents understood that a certain level of discretion is required, however, to allow people to ignore it.

So what’s the beef? That he does it, or is more obvious when he does it?

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I agree that the goal should be 0%, or at least something approaching 0% with those that receive positions having more than substantial credentials. The admission that they were overstepping the historical 30%, and that they will scale back to that, is putting a bad situation in the public eye. It sure would be nice if I could expect public outrage, but I know we won’t see it.

aelhues on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Lower Slobovia still available?

JetBoy on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Not all embassy’s are equal

Ambassador to the Marshall Islands: sure give that to a donor
Ambassador to China: SRS BSNS
Ambassador to Bermuda: Sure give that to a donor
Ambassador to Germany: Srs

karasoth on July 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM

So what’s the beef? That he does it, or is more obvious when he does it?

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

That he does it to a greater extent.

JetBoy on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Just Chicago politics doing business as usual. Didn’t Blago get nailed for basically selling positions for personal gain. This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic. It is insanity to see someone so utterly clueless leading our nation at this time in history.

volsense on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Ed, zenith, not nadir.

hogfat on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Get back to me when the Washington Times or anyone else starts reporting on all of the Czar’s our Precedent has appointed and exactly how much it’s costing the taxpayer.

Newt estimated last night on Greta about 20 to 25 million per Czar plus staff etc. and Obama now has over 30.

Do the math. The silence is deafening.

Knucklehead on July 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I bid $12,500…

Firebird on July 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

$15000 and some loose change.

the_nile on July 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

That he does it to a greater extent.

JetBoy on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Tolerable levels of graft vs intolerable. Heh.

Really. I hate to be an ass today, but that’s silly.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Oldie but goodie.

U.S. Ambassador To Bulungi Suspected Of Making Country Up

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 10, 2009 at 12:15 PM

How much do I have to pay to get the ambassadorship to Fredonia.

JiangxiDad on July 10, 2009 at 12:16 PM

I tried to get the Switzerland post on Ebay.gov but some ahole named ‘funkychick666′ sniped me right at the buzzer.

Bishop on July 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Tough to choose, but I think I would rather be a czar than an ambassador.

myrenovations on July 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Waiting for Crowder’s sale at Crazy Pete’s Embassy Barn in 5-4-3…

Laura in Maryland on July 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Caught and changed.

csdeven on July 10, 2009 at 12:21 PM

myrenovations on July 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Ambassador to Brazil.

I’m holdin’ out.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM

So let me get this straight:

Contributors with no experience being given ambassadorships by President with no experience?

Thunderstorm129 on July 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Slip the Envelope under the Red Door & knock 3 times.

portlandon on July 10, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Ambassador to Brazil.
I’m holdin’ out.
lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Too late. Once Ogabe got an eyeful of the Brazilian booty, he decided to appoint himself ambassador to Brazil.

Bishop on July 10, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I heard when we open the new embassy in Iran, the bidding begins at $5.

/sarc off

Oil Can on July 10, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I’m just curious. Which embassy did ACORN get?

Guardian on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Detroit

seven on July 10, 2009 at 12:28 PM

That he does it to a greater extent.

JetBoy on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Tolerable levels of graft vs intolerable. Heh.

Really. I hate to be an ass today, but that’s silly.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

True, but there’s no denying it’s funny.

“I’m sorry. In the future we’ll try to keep our levels of graft within historic norms.”

I guess when he ran on Hope and Change, people should have asked him to be more specific about what he would change.

And in which direction…

tom on July 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM

The presidency is the most expensive, about a billion $.

Mojave Mark on July 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I heard when we open the new embassy in Iran, the bidding begins at $5.

/sarc off

Oil Can on July 10, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I suspect the ambassador to Iran will be one of those “bipartisan” positions offered to Republicans.

tom on July 10, 2009 at 12:31 PM

myrenovations on July 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Ambassador to Brazil.

I’m holdin’ out.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I hope you’re not one of those blue-eyed white devils…

tom on July 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM

That he does it to a greater extent.

JetBoy on July 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM
Tolerable levels of graft vs intolerable. Heh.

Really. I hate to be an ass today, but that’s silly.

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I don’t like it no matter who does it, but I believe there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy involved w/Mr. HopenChange. He said, it will be a new era! Transparency! A new level of accountability! Not the same old politics as usual! Etc. etc. HE IS A LIAR! And the same as the rest, only worse b/c he is from Chicago and he is a Marxist.

JAM on July 10, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Really though, I would much rather have some idiot money bundler as an ambassador than any of those life long members of the diplomatic corps.

myrenovations on July 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM

So, it is Baarack who is incurious and the MSM usually projects it onto Sarah.

promachus on July 10, 2009 at 12:38 PM

When compared to everything else the Kenyan Administration is doing, this is small potatoes. It hardly registers.

tsj017 on July 10, 2009 at 12:38 PM

More at Muckety dot com with a handy dandy chart.

They say-

Editor’s note: Muckety has previously criticized the Obama camp for its failure to disclose complete information about bundlers, despite its proclaimed commitment to transparency.

Under pressure from media outlets, the campaign last year released a list of top fundraisers and the amounts they had raised. Although you can still find plenty of critical posts about McCain and Clinton bundlers on the campaign site, barackobama.com, the page listing Obama bundlers has been deleted.

Open Secrets
has the full bundler list and notes:

While John McCain’s campaign posts bundlers’ employers and occupations, Barack Obama’s campaign does not. The employers displayed for Obama’s bundlers are based on CRP research.

Most transparent opaque administration, evah.

Buy Danish on July 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Guys, everyone needs to cut Obama some slack on this. Those ambassadorships are “f*cking goldmines” and “he shouldn’t give them away for free”.

Sorry..Rod Blagojevich got on while I was away from my keyboard.

Shock the Monkey on July 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM

So what’s the beef? That he does it, or is more obvious when he does it?

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

3 beefs really.

1) He campaigned on getting rid of patronage.
2) He is doing this so much more than previous adminstration that even the career diplomats are starting to complain.
3) Previous administrations were smart enough to be discrete.

MarkTheGreat on July 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM

And considering how sympatico career diplomats are with Obama and his general view of the world, it takes a lot to get them to complain about him.

MarkTheGreat on July 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM

OT, I don’t want to pester you abot yet another Sarah piece but this article should prove to you how the grassroots in Iowa n NH look at her. It’s a riveting read. Please post it.

promachus on July 10, 2009 at 12:44 PM

He’s lied about everything he was going to do.
His administration,along with this Congress,might just be the MOST corrupt in U.S. history.
This story, in comparison is like thinking an extra 10 deck chairs brought on board sunk the Titanic.

Jeff from WI on July 10, 2009 at 12:48 PM

“Once I get in, I go 50/50 with all the graft I take in…” Ogabe’s the Rudy Russo of the new millennium.

SDPlissken on July 10, 2009 at 12:48 PM

1) He campaigned on getting rid of patronage.
2) He is doing this so much more than previous adminstration that even the career diplomats are starting to complain.
3) Previous administrations were smart enough to be discrete.

MarkTheGreat on July 10, 2009 at 12:42 PM

1) granted.
2) so the guys who got their posts thru bribery 10 years ago are mad at the guys who got more recently. Got it.
3) again. Some graft is okay, but some isn’t?

lorien1973 on July 10, 2009 at 12:49 PM

FDR sent Joseph P. Kennedy, ambassador from 1938-1940, to the Court of St. James, almost in jest…FDR detested the Brits, and sending a vocal Irish guy from Boston was too good to pass up, and a bootlegger too. Nixon sent Walt Annenberg, a high-roller from Palm Springs, to London, and Annenberg made Joe Biden’s gaffes look somewhat tame.

Neither ambassadors had any background in diplomacy or foreign policy…but that title, “Ambassador to the Court of St. James”….priceless. And Joe Kennedy had to be recalled as we entered WWII…he was just too pro-German.

Obama’s selections? In general, major bundlers or campaign contributors all…with little diplomatic or foreign policy experience, and apparently the list of ambassadors in waiting is large.

The FSO’s at State were not pleased. In normal times about a quarter of ambassadors are political hacks, the rest career FSO’s or at least folks who have been around the global block a few times or had cred in foreign policy areas. Out of the career FSO types, a good portion are “political appointees” when they get their Ambassadorships, but they at least have experience.

As for a much promised new Obama era, you know, change, and transparency and a real peoples government…not going to happen in this Administration. He’s just having too much fun being President to kick old habits.

coldwarrior on July 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM

As long as Obama can get me $1,000 under dealer invoice for an new Chevy I’m okay with this.

Ted Torgerson on July 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Reagan and Bush both did this extensively. It is pretty much a custom and a contest to raise the most money and then get the better posting offers.

lexhamfox on July 10, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I tried to get the Switzerland post on Ebay.gov but some ahole named ‘funkychick666′ sniped me right at the buzzer.

Bishop on July 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM

She’s got her work cut out for her. Our dimwit-in-chief has a real diplomatic brouhaha going with Switzerland. Ogabe has threatened Switzerland that if it doesn’t release further names of Americans with accounts there, that the US will seize the assets of UBS and close their offices here.

The Swiss gov’t has threatened to seize UBS’s records in an attempt to keep them out of Obama’s hands.

http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/article/277644/USA-to-UBS-Hand-Over-Tax-Evaders-Or-Else!-Swiss-Bank%27s-American-Assets-at-Risk?tickers=UBS,CS,HBC,XLF,FXF,SWZ,^DJI&sec=topStories&pos=9&asset=&ccode=

JiangxiDad on July 10, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Actually these contributor ambassadors are often better than the career Foreign Service types. The contributors at least have a chance of being pro-American.

bill30097 on July 10, 2009 at 12:55 PM

The appointment of Steelers owner Dan Rooney as ambassador to Ireland should have been a sign of what was to come.

Rooney may be a good NFL owner and part of the owner’s negotiating team when dealing with the NFLPA, but the man has no diplomatic experience and Ireland is not exactly some tiny backwater like Palau.

teke184 on July 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Not only did Obama not know how to conduct himself, he seems curiously incurious about it even now.

I’m glad that you guys are holding Obama’s feet to the fire on this. However, this trial balloon of slapping the label “incurious” on Obama is pretty weak tea after 8 years of Incurious George.

orange on July 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

teke184 on July 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

OMG, I thought you were joking….it’s real.

Oil Can on July 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Ed, this is stupid.

Ambassadors are in the executive branch, right? If so, it makes sense that the president would be permitted to appoint whomsoever he chooses to these positions. (“Elections have consequences.”)

We can critique particular appointments as questionable, but to side with the “career types” and suggest that political appointments are inappropriate–despite no law that says otherwise–is silly. If anything, conservatives would favor the supplanting of careerists when possible, because these folks simply aren’t subject to accountability by the voters.

Can we be a bit more discriminating when it comes to the attacks we make against the Left? Less partisan squabbling and more adherence to principle, please!

cackcon on July 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM

The fact that Obama would appoint clueless hacks to diplomatic posts shouldn’t surprise anyone. Obama HIMSELF is a political hack, and has NO diplomatic (or executive) experience either, which shows more every day. He’s just appointing those most like him.

“Six munths ago I culdn’t even spel diplomatt, now I are one”.

bradley11 on July 10, 2009 at 1:21 PM

This brings us to the supposedly Day One-ready Barack Obama. He has fumbled on diplomacy and protocol now for almost six months {…}

One has to wonder, what the hell were these people doing during the days of “Office of the President Elect”?
UltimateBob on July 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

What do you think they were doing? They were working their asses off trying to figure out how to hit the ground running and exploit every aspect of power they possibly could.

“Ooopsie doo. Did little ole us ‘accidentally’ sell three times more appointments than any other administration in history?”

Oh, and we were told it was traditional for the government to print money. But the damn fool forgot to mention that we weren’t supposed to print eleventy trillion dollars all at once!

Even if you assume everyone in Obama’s circle are all idiots (and I won’t argue if you choose to) there are literally HUNDREDS of lifetime beaurocrats whose job it is to know this stuff and brief incoming administrations on it. Is anybody really stupid enough to imagine that someone can “accidentally” institute the worlds largest corruption machine practically overnight.

Bullcrap. Obama has spent his entire adult life working as a bagman for the Chicago Daley Machine. Arguably, he’s spent his WHOLE life since sitting at his radical Communist father’s knee preparing to gut America’s infrastructure.

I’m not saying these people are particularly competent by the standard of people who hold honest jobs. But they don’t have to be conscientious to accomplish their goals – in fact far from it. This is all a gigantic mess, but not one tiny bit is accidental.

logis on July 10, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Less partisan squabbling and more adherence to principle, please!

cackcon on July 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM

There are many diff. jobs in the army, from theoreticians to foot soldiers. Both are needed, and never more so than at time of war. Are we at war?

JiangxiDad on July 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM

HOPE that the Chicago way will last one hundred years and govern to effect that CHANGE.

burt on July 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I’m just curious. Which embassy did ACORN get?

Guardian on July 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The People’s Republic of Chicago

MikeA on July 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

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.

Ironic from the administration that spent the months leading up the inaguration using the term “historic” in every sentence.

You know you’ve overreached when the career diplomats, all who voted for the filthy bastard, have their noses out of joint. Wonder why SECSTATE wasn’t more involved in these discussions.

highhopes on July 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Actually these contributor ambassadors are often better than the career Foreign Service types. The contributors at least have a chance of being pro-American.

******

Ambassadors are in the executive branch, right? If so, it makes sense that the president would be permitted to appoint whomsoever he chooses to these positions. (”Elections have consequences.”)

We can critique particular appointments as questionable, but to side with the “career types” and suggest that political appointments are inappropriate–despite no law that says otherwise–is silly. If anything, conservatives would favor the supplanting of careerists when possible, because these folks simply aren’t subject to accountability by the voters.

I agree. We’ve just had eight years of “qualified professionals” who see their job as surviving and overcoming the elected President. I’d rather have used car salesmen who put their money where their mouth will be–right behind their Boss. If we don’t like their performance, we can swap out the Boss.

Chris_Balsz on July 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

I agree with cackcon.
.
At least the patronage hacks will get thrown out in a few years. The “career” people are almost invariably leftist Democrats. Look what State, CIA, even DoD did to GWB. Subverting him behind the scenes at every turn. Why in hell would we want to advance their cause?

Metanis on July 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Wonder why SECSTATE wasn’t more involved in these discussions.

highhopes on July 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Rahm had her elbow broken…just to make sure she got the message.

coldwarrior on July 10, 2009 at 1:33 PM

They also had no idea how many graves they could sell either and not get away with it.

Oh, come on! Who hasn’t heard or read about this story and not thought “It’s the Chicago Way”? These people aren’t very bright (also, the Chicago Way) if they thought that digging up so many famous people would get them caught sooner or later. Or, maybe, they never heard of Willie Dixon, Dinah Washington, or Emmett Till?

Blake on July 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

“The White House, unaware of historic norms…”

That says it all.

KS Rex on July 10, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Knock, Knock,…um,..am I on the wrong planet?
I’m looking for America!

christene on July 10, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Maybe we can make up Countries to sell more. Who wants to be ambassor of Vulcan?

Oil Can on July 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Does this remind anyone else of the movie The Producers?

He sells well over 100% of the country’s shares, and then bankrupts the country to cover his tracks.

Where’s Mel Brooks when you need him?

DrAllecon on July 10, 2009 at 2:54 PM

I bid the 10 million jobs that I will save or create tomorrow!

stacy on July 10, 2009 at 4:16 PM

This brings us to the supposedly Day One-ready Barack Obama.

I still have to laugh about all the people who were insisting that Obama should be able to take over as president as early as mid-December, thinking there was no reason anyone should have to wait after the election. At look at how long its still taking for him to get his cabinet and everything else together. His term is 1/8th over (Yeah!) and he’s still a newbie.

taznar on July 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

The Ambassador was very nice but I preferred the Rebel.

Jeff from WI on July 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

How many times did we warn people that Obama would bring Chicago politics to Washington?

He came out of nowhere and won the WH- evidently he owes an awful lot of favours to an awful lot of people.

Jay Mac on July 10, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Maybe we can make up Countries to sell more. Who wants to be ambassor of Vulcan?

Oil Can on July 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I bid 12000 Quatloos. and will throw in a green slave girl.

auzerais on July 10, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Is Blago ambassador to Poland yet?

virgo on July 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM

This administration is the biggest joke in the history of the world.

Sadly, our enemies (and even our friends) recognized this immediately. I’m daily losing hope that Obamabots will awaken before this country is gone.

oldleprechaun on July 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM