Video: Another great moment in nominating Obama donors as ambassadors

posted at 9:01 pm on February 6, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Granted, it’s not as if this is a new practice or solely the practice of Democratic administrations, not by a long shot. But I don’t recall seeing so many grossly ignorant nominees put their gross ignorance on display so readily.

First, there was Norway.

Then Sen. Max Baucus, who is not a donor per se, but certainly benefits from a sort of chummy patronage in his nomination to the China ambassadorship (and should know better than to drop the ball in a Senate hearing).

Now, Argentina. This is nothing a backpacking trip or a perusal of Wikipedia, at the very least, couldn’t solve. These guys are super-rich! Take an educational tour before you take questions in front of the Senate:

But, really, who’s going to stop them? What price is there to pay? The Secretary of Defense gave one of the most woeful confirmation performances in the history of confirmation performances and the entire press corps decided it was the height of obstructionism to suggest that meant anything about whether he was fit for the position and took to the fainting couch when he had to wait a week to be confirmed.

So, who’s worrying about an ambassador to a Latin American country of emerging importance? I hope the ambassador enjoys his first visit.


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Just when you thought this administration could get no lower, we get this.

Most. Incompetent. Administration. Ever.

captnjoe on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 PM

So, who’s worrying about an ambassador to a Latin American country of emerging importance?

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

These guys are super-rich! Take an educational tour before you take questions in front of the Senate

“But Barack told us that Senate confimation was just a formality once our check cleared.”

Bitter Clinger on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Kind of a nothingburger. Nobody bothered to even show up. This is how the game is played.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Shut her down!! We have a winner!!

Bitter Clinger on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Made me laugh. Sad, really.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

No, the US is the country that is emerging into Latin Americanism.

philosoph0123 on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Awesome …

ShainS on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

The dumbass probably doesn’t even know that Argentina claims the Maldives as their own territory.

Mark1971 on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Argentina s “Latin American country of emerging importance”? Kind of a reach.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I hear Obama donors also make great IRS corruption investigators too.

Rovin on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

The dumbass probably doesn’t even know that Argentina claims the Maldives as their own territory.

Mark1971 on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Comment of the day!

(Assuming is was meant as a joke? :)

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

MKH

I would suggest that you pack up and move closer to Lejeune or Bragg, in the next 5 years those will be the only relatively safe places around with the insanity that is going on in the country these days.

MarshFox on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

ShainS on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

You are wanted back in the gulch!

Things are way cool now, ;)

Fallon has been trying to do your ‘job’ posting the hits, but only YOU can do that!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Kind of a nothingburger. Nobody bothered to even show up. This is how the game is played.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

can’t say it any better!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

MarshFox on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Hi there Marshfox!! Nice to see you again :)

Say a quick Hi to Mrs Marshfox!!

God Bless you both :D

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

No defense of Barky but ambassadors are expected to be rich to pay for all the formal dinners etc.

viking01 on February 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

What I don’t understand is why he’s bothering to answer questions at all.

The Democrats put into place a policy that even an image of competence is completely irrelevant to confirmation when they went nuclear.

malclave on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

She’ll be contacting you soon herself, her parents are with her right now, I am on the East Coast right now doing some normal stuff for a change, once I get back and they leave I am sure she’ll settle down and tell you all the new goings on she has going.

MarshFox on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Besides, we have an awesome Secretary of State to deal with real foreign policy issues….now I have made myself a little ill.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I will tell her though.

MarshFox on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

But the last on we had, she…wait.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Argentina s “Latin American country of emerging importance”? Kind of a reach.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Well they just provided the first openly socialist Pope. Obama did side with them in the dispute over the Maldives. And their economy is only basket case-ish (i.e. they have toilet paper).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Muy bien hecho.

Vero Beach Florida on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

MarshFox on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Thanks so much!!

Take care and be safe!!

God Bless you both always :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Well done, Flange! Must be all that rabble rousing in Sturge that makes you hit the nail so squarely! I look forward to reading more of your comments!

herm2416 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Hi Scrumpy. What is the gulch? Is it good or bad? Fun?

SparkPlug on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

After Ben Gazzara, who would want to be an Ambassador appointed by the Kenyan Communist”

Transcript of telephone call from Ambassador in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick to Barry Soetoro:

Ambassador: “Mr. President, the embassy is being attacked by an armed mob. They are shouting that they will kill all of us. Whatever shall we do?”

Barry: “Who is this?”

FortyTwo on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

That would be, North Mexico SSA?

Solaratov on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Apparently Obama’s last words to Ambassador Stevens were:

“Lemme put you on hold… Jay-Z is passing me a joint.”

viking01 on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 PM

SparkPlug on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Hi Sparky, it’s loads of fun, story telling and catching up…

Relaxing really…

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

rim shot

talkingpoints on February 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

FIFY

bofh on February 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

herm2416 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Thank you, and welcome aboard.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Not to be a smart aleck (that’s not me) but:

Maldives Think sun

Malvinas Think sheep

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

What, they couldn’t revive Fredrick Engels?

stopitchris on February 6, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I’ll bet the dude introduces himself as Noahhhh Broyson Mam-ET.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

But I don’t recall seeing so many grossly ignorant nominees put their gross ignorance on display so readily.

Incompetence has been a HALLMARK of this administration. Starting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Slightly off-topic (but in the same vein)…

…Where’s the coverage of Debo “Free Mumia” Adegbile, O’Bummer’s nominee to head the Civil Rights division of Justice, and who skated through the Senate Judiciary Committee today, on his way to being confirmed???

Shepherd Lover on February 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

herm2416 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Thank you, and welcome aboard.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Hee hee, I’ve been here since Scott Brown ran!

herm2416 on February 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

♪ ♫ Don’t expect much from me, Argentina ♫ ♪ ♫

Pless1foEngrish on February 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

…awesome!
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MarshFox on February 6, 2014

…good to see you again!
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ShainS on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

You are wanted back in the gulch!

Things are way cool now, ;)

Fallon has been trying to do your ‘job’ posting the hits, but only YOU can do that!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

…I’m going to shovel ALL my snow on you…if you don’t come down there!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

“Visits? We don’t need no stinking visits? We’re Obama bundlers!”

UnstChem on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Why does anyone expect anything above a minimum level of competence from this administration. Keep one thing in mind, the Obama administration is what Democrats have been telling us for years Republican administrations are doing. The Democrats accuse Republicans of using the agencies of government against their political opponents. The Democrats accuse Republicans of appointing unqualified ambassadors to countries, because the made huge political donations. The Democrats accuse Republicans of disrupting the comity of the Senate by engaging in strictly partisan activity. The Democrats accuse the Republicans of appointing judges who are out of the mainstream. This administration and the Democrats in the House (when they had it) and Senate, haven’t governed, they’ve ruled.

I hope, I sincerely hope, the Republicans remember this in January 2015. Don’t listen to people like Schumer who, when they lose the Senate in November, will say something comical like “I hope the Republicans don’t do to us what Harry Reid did to them. I hope they act like adults. yada yada yada.

bflat879 on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Question: Have you ever been to Spain?

Answer: No, but I kinda like the music.

Question: Have you ever been to England?

Answer: No, but I kinda like the Beatles.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 6, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The video is cut off right before Mamet says, “But… global warming!!!”

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

♪ ♫ Don’t expect much from me, Argentina ♫ ♪ ♫

Pless1foEngrish on February 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

“Don’t fly to see Argentina” also works.

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Mary Katharine, you could use a glance at Wikipedia as well. Argentina a ‘Latin American country of emerging importance’? Nuh-uh.

Scopper on February 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Does Mamet even speak Argentinian?

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

A Century ago, Argentina was important as the leading economy in Latin America.
Today, it is just another example of failed socialism.

Another Drew on February 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

In his defense, the nominee is primarily focused on the risk to Argentina of US naval installations along the coast and whether those contribute to the risk of continental tilt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg

SoRight on February 7, 2014 at 3:56 AM

So, who’s worrying about an ambassador to a Latin American country of emerging importance? I hope the ambassador enjoys his first visit.

Actually, thanks to the woefully corrupt and incompetent socialists in charge, Argentina is waning, not emerging in regional importance.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Didn’t Caroline Kennedy get confirmed as Ambassador to Japan? I would like to know how her confirmation hearings went.

Sticky Wicket on February 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I thought the US was the Latin American country of emerging declining importance.

Flange on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

IMO

Midas on February 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

The Senate purpose of advise and consent to the president has never been more violated….. no advising, just consent. The senate needs to be cleaned out with bleach.

ultracon on February 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I’m not surprised at all. It’s like the story of the mediocre looking woman who only goes out with ugly women, so she appears to be beautiful. Now imagine how much worse Obama would look like if there was even a hint of competence in the people around him.

Wilmsch on February 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I’m not surprised at all. It’s like the story of the mediocre looking woman who only goes out with ugly women, so she appears to be beautiful. Now imagine how much worse Obama would look like if there was even a hint of competence in the people around him.

Wilmsch on February 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

You literally took the words out of my mouth. Imagine if Good Ol’ Joe wins in 2016!

in_awe on February 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM