Er, is Anna Wintour looking for an ambassadorship in a second Obama term?

posted at 4:01 pm on June 11, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

And here I was thinking that that whole weird “don’t be late” thing was just about Obama’s wealthy, glamorous buddies getting him reelected! How could I have been so naive? From NY Mag:

An article in Saturday’s Guardian mused that Anna Wintour might be rewarded with a political appointment in return for all the money she’sraising for Obama’s reelection campaign. Namely, that she’d be named the U.S. ambassador in England, a post that’s expected to open up later this year.

At first blush, the possibility of Wintour leaving Vogue for a jaunt back to her native London seems absurd, but the Guardian makes a good case for it. The post in question is traditionally reserved for deep-pocketed “friends” of the president, as it’s a cushy job that doesn’t require much heavy lifting when it comes to diplomacy. Recent history supports this: The position is currently occupied by 74-year-old Louis Susman, a retired vice-president of Citigroup, whose fund-raising abilities during Obama’s 2008 campaign earned him the nickname “the vacuum cleaner.” During the Bush administration, the spot was held by wealthy supporters William Farish and Robert Tuttle.

Here’s an interesting sidenote, whatever it may mean: In March of 2011, Vogue ran a glowing profile of Syrian first lady Asma Assad, helping out with the Syrian government’s public-relations push to make Assad and his wife seem chic and glamorous. They’ve since removed the profile from their website, but in an NYT piece about that whole affair today, Anna Wintour issued a statement finally coming out strongly against the Syrian regime.

In a phone interview, Ms. Buck said that shortly after the profile was published, she began “steadily speaking out against the Assad regime,” including in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN and elsewhere. In April, on National Public Radio, Ms. Buck said she regretted the headline that Vogue put on the article. But she said Mrs. Assad was “extremely thin and very well-dressed, and therefore qualified to be in Vogue.”

This spring, the magazine removed the article from its Web site. On Sunday, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, issued a statement about the article saying, in part: “Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.”

Trying to demostrate a little diplomatic acumen, perhaps? It looks like the ambassadorship-bid is just an unsubstantiated rumor right now, although Anna Wintour is supposedly well aware of the rumors and declining to quell them. Apparently, however, this kind of thing happens with ambassadorships all the damn time in the ranks of the most transparent administration, evah:

The current U.S. ambassador to England, Louis Susman, was a fundraising machine for Obama’s 2008 run. In April, Obama nominated Timothy Broas, who also raised more than a half-mil for Obama, to be the next ambassador to the Netherlands. Last year, iWatch News reported that many of the so-called bundlers who funneled millions of dollars to Obama in 2008 have been rewarded with nice jobs and access, like the telecommunications executive Donald Gips who became the ambassador to South Africa.

Before his 2008 election, Obama spoke out against the practice of wealthy donors being rewarded with prestigious ambassadorships.  In early 2007, the candidate derided special interests who he said “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

Huh. More examples of hypocrisy and broken promises from the Obama administration. The mind reels.

 


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Devil wears Prada Ambassador…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Ick!

Bmore on June 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt . . . . . . lots of great assignments.

listens2glenn on June 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

In March of 2011, Vogue ran a glowing profile of Syrian first lady Asma Assad, helping out with the Syrian government’s public-relations push to make Assad and his wife seem chic and glamorous.

Wintour, Baba Walters — they all play kissy face with dictators.

Blake on June 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Chicago way… Pay-to-Play

Who’d thunk it in this most ethical whitehouse evah

txdoc on June 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Somehow I think the Court of St. James would prefer an anything-but-region 2 DVD Faye Dunaway film collection.

de rigueur on June 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

She might like the queen more, though.

aryeung on June 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Maybe President Romney will appoint Obama ambassador to Gitmo.

AubieJon on June 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

…janitor in a Kenyan school…maybe…(I apoligize to all janitors)

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I’ve been thinking if this had been a plot twist in an episode of AbFab, people would’ve complained it was too unrealistic.

Oh, wait. Here it is in real life and it’s unrealistic. Carry on…

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Here, for more ‘entertainment’, if it were funny.

Leftists need to spontaneously combust, for stupidity alone.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What should I do to be Michigan ambassador to Palm Beach?

sram on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Ask uncle Eddard: Wintour is coming!

Valkyriepundit on June 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

My daughter lives in England, surely that gives me enough England Cachet to be the next ambassador? Put your money where your mouth is, Barack, and choose a schoolteacher from central California. I dare ya.

Bob's Kid on June 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Wintour, Baba Walters — they all play kissy face with dictators.

Blake on June 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Yep, the idiot thinks that Chavez is “humanitarian and just swell”.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

it’s a cushy job that doesn’t require much heavy lifting when it comes to diplomacy.

That’s good. She doesn’t strike me as being very diplomatic.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

She’d be perfect for Saudi Arabia, Yemen or Pock-e-stahn.

Rixon on June 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

she said Mrs. Assad was “extremely thin and very well-dressed, and therefore qualified to be in Vogue.”

LOL. Right, who cares if she is married to a brutal thug, and is reportedly a pretty nasty piece of work herself.

She’s extremely thin and very well-dressed. That’s all that really matters in Anna Wintour’s warped world.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Better yet, Zimbabwe or Haiti.

Rixon on June 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Vogue stinks and Wintour is an idiot. The way she talks is how I imagine urbanelite’s comments are intended to come across.

WeekendAtBernankes on June 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I’ve asked this before; I feel compelled to ask this again: Has any one seen Wintour and Martin Short in the same place at the same time? Been wondering…..

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Devil’s wears Prada Ambassador…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

fixed.

hillsoftx on June 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

So Dear Liar really does want to tick off the British. If you’re going to make ambassador, the best spot would be Syria.

rbj on June 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Given the choice of Anna Wintour or Gerry Adams of the IRA, the Brits just might opt for Adams.

bw222 on June 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Er, is Anna Wintour looking for an ambassadorship in a second Obama term?

Did Brian Jones wear a wig?

Red Creek on June 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I’ve asked this before; I feel compelled to ask this again: Has any one seen Wintour and Martin Short in the same place at the same time? Been wondering…..

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Wintour is Jiminy Glick in drag???

AubieJon on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Here, for more ‘entertainment’, if it were funny.

Leftists need to spontaneously combust, for stupidity alone.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Good one Schad, pretty soon our dollars will be the same value as bolivars.

arnold ziffel on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

What should I do to be Michigan ambassador to Palm Beach?

sram on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Bundle a few million dollars’ worth of contributions to Barry’s campaign, and he’ll be happy to appoint you to any taxpayer-funded sinecure you desire.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

soooo…… a British prig is trying to get slated to be the American ambassador…..to Britain…..

what am i missin’ here???

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society.

The dems were all Assad supporters; it was the cool thing to do. Pelousi and her crew defied the Constitution in their foreign policy trip to Syria to praise the idiot, almost as much as the left always supported and loved Q’Daffy until they claimed they didn’t.

The left are nothing but despicable, anti-American liars. It’s what they are.

Also, there’s a general rule in diplomacy that diplomats should have no relation to the country they are ambassadors to and most certainly not anyone who probably still holds citizenship in that nation (though Wintour would have had to renounce it in order to become an American citizen but I highly doubt she formally got rid of it as her oath of renunciation demanded) … but this is America, Fundamentally Deformed.

Insanity from 8 different sides, here. Pure Crazy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

….North Korea!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

If there’s some country run by a guy who resembles a classic James Bond villain (complete with nuclear missiles inside the dormant volcano and pet longhair cat), that would be the perfect country to send Ambassador Wintour.

jon1979 on June 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Before his 2008 election, Obama spoke out against the practice of wealthy donors being rewarded with prestigious ambassadorships. In early 2007, the candidate derided special interests who he said “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

that must’ve expired in 2008….

ted c on June 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Scary bangs!

Send her to Iran!

Bang! Bang!

Akzed on June 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I have no idea what this gal’s fashion look like, but maybe bho could make her mo’s fashion czar? mo sure could use major help with the stuff she wears!
L

letget on June 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Totally believable that this would happen under this administration, heck it would be believable if they gave it to Sarah Jessica. But it turns out this could be a hoax.

scalleywag on June 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Eurotrash.

Rational Thought on June 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt . . . . . . lots of great assignments.

listens2glenn on June 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Ha Ha! I was going to say Saudi Arabia, but then she’d have her own driver and gilded cage. You’re right, they love women even more in Afghanistan. She could make designer burkhas.

Fenris on June 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Other messages seem to show how the couple embarked on their clandestine relationship.

McGurk appears to be trying to shake off his security: ‘I’ll provide plenty of warning before coming by. I need to figure out how to lose my goon squad. They tend to mar my most secret and clandestine missions,’ he writes in one email.

In another he chronicles how their relationship developed: ‘From my first message to you through our Chinese dinner to the blue balls banter and then my coming over to hook up with you for the first time (on June 23 — a night the world should celebrate). ‘I am so f****** smooth!’

…and Obama nominated McGurk to be ambassador to Iraq

J_Crater on June 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I’ve been thinking if this had been a plot twist in an episode of AbFab, people would’ve complained it was too unrealistic.

Oh, wait. Here it is in real life and it’s unrealistic. Carry on…

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’d take Patsy as ambassador any day.

Blake on June 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Bleck

Send Sarah Jessica Parker instead.

I’ve asked this before; I feel compelled to ask this again: Has any one seen Wintour and Martin Short in the same place at the same time? Been wondering…..

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I see how you might be confused, but I have it on good authority that Wintour is actually the bust of Winston Churchill that was returned to Britain early in the Obama administration – now with lipstick and a wig.

If she is the one determining what and who is considered beautiful then I am seriously considering getting me a rainbow flag and moving to Provincetown.

turfmann on June 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

To what? Bergdorf Goodman?

Philly on June 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Needless Markup, maybe?

AubieJon on June 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Er, is Anna Wintour looking for an ambassadorship in a second Obama term?

Poetic justice / karma – President Romney should demand that she become US Ambassador to the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, where she’ll have to live in a mud hut with no electricity or running water and there will be a communal outhouse a short hike from the hut, which she gets to share with her 500 nearest neighbors.

TeaPartyNation on June 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Ship her out…and don’t be late.

right2bright on June 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Will Farish owns a farm in Kentucky that keeps some of Queen Elizabeth’s horses. There was good reason to name him Ambassador, and his appointment was well received in the UK. Naming a fashion magazine editor would be an embarrassment and an insult – but probably right in Obama’s wheelhouse, since he obviously holds Great Britain in great contempt.

If you want to see how far Obama stooped to reward his big donors, and insult our allies in the process, check out the ambassador to Japan.

rockmom on June 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

She isn’t a citizen of the USA. is she? I thought she was some foreigner. Maybe from San Marino or St. Kitts or some obscure duchy that practices transgender fashion.

pat on June 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Send her as an ambassador to Central African Republic. I’m sure her taste will be appreciated there.

Archivarix on June 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

If Romney was president, could he send Meghan McCain to Sea World – as an ambassador, of course?

aryeung on June 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Horse-Lips going to London to be an ambassador? God help the staff in that embassy. Put nets below the windows.

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

What a stupid hairdo for such an old sac….it flattens her head and frames her ugly mug.

gracie on June 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If Romney was president, could he send Meghan McCain to Sea World – as an ambassador, of course?

aryeung on June 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

She would have the language advantage. Arnkh-Arnkh.

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If I was stranded on an island with that hag I’d feed my fat ass to the sharks!

CurtZHP on June 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Bundle a few million dollars’ worth of contributions to Barry’s campaign, and he’ll be happy to appoint you to any taxpayer-funded sinecure you desire.

AZCoyote on June 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The real prizes, the most obscene sinecures, are the executive positions at Fannie or Freddie. Those can be worth several million a year. They are reserved for democratics that know too much to cut loose where they might have to write a book to pay the mortgage.

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Horse-Lips going to London to be an ambassador? God help the staff in that embassy. Put nets below the windows.

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

You know what hell would be? You’re 30 again but the only two women you could ever have would be Wintaur and that other hag, Washerwoman-Schultz.

TXUS on June 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What a DISGUSTING ugly looking….WHOOOOOOOOORRRRRE!!!!!

Firecracker729 on June 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Hey lady, your hair’s on fire!

Ward Cleaver on June 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

London, Paris, and Rome only go to the big backers of the current President.

And it really doesn’t matter as long as they are not a total disaster – the real work is done by professional career State Dept. employees…

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I see how you might be confused, but I have it on good authority that Wintour is actually the bust of Winston Churchill that was returned to Britain early in the Obama administration – now with lipstick and a wig.

Ha!

apostic on June 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Send her as an ambassador to Central African Republic. I’m sure her taste will be appreciated there.

Archivarix on June 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I’m not so sure… I’m guessing she tastes all bitter, stringy and past-dates.

bofh on June 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

…this kind of thing happens with ambassadorships all the damn time

Erika!!! *gasp*

KS Rex on June 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Let Anna Wintour be ambassador to the Maldives, if Obama can find them on a map. She can then test whether “global warming” is causing the sea to flood the islands, whose maximum elevation is about 8 feet.

Steve Z on June 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Ambassador to Uranus. Yeah baby!!!

rik on June 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Good God…we haven’t insulted our British friends enough in the past three years? The idea any sane person would appoint this freak as ambassador to anything except Pakistan boggles in the mind.

Ishmael on June 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wintour’s jacket and scarf ensemble looks exactly what my elementary school librarian used to wear in the early 1980s.

JeremiahJohnson on June 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Good God…we haven’t insulted our British friends enough in the past three years? The idea any sane person would appoint this freak as ambassador to anything except Pakistan boggles in the mind.

Ishmael on June 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

London is a vanity posting. She would do nothing more offensive than host lavish cocktail parties at our expense, like every single one of her predecessors from each party.

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

The tricky posts like, say, Iraq, tend to go to seasoned hands from State.

London, Paris, Rome, Mexico City etc are not serious posts for the Ambassador – his staff are all top-tier career diplomats, all he has to do is attend events….

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Yeah, she’s someone I’d want to represent me to important people.

O_o

kim roy on June 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Ms Wintour has a really large male laryngeal prominence. Nice Adam’s Apple.

jjnco73 on June 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

liberal standards:

“extremely thin and very well-dressed”

burserker on June 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Chad. Send her there.

minnesoter on June 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Anna Wintour might quite possibility the only person on this planet that is actually a CGI-created character. I have a very hard time believing anyone with the attitude this yoohoo possesses exists in real life!

pilamaye on June 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM