Mr./Ms. Ambassador my you have deep pockets

President Barack Obama announced eight new ambassadorial appointments. Since he is the candidate of change you would expect these appointments would not be business as usual in Washington. Try not to let this destroy your faith in Washington politicians. Let start with lifetime diplomats getting the posts Patricia Moller in Guinea, Kenneth Merten in Haiti and Anne Derse in Lithuania these are not the best assignments but it still an honor to be asked and it is great on resume. Career diplomat Carlos Pascual was named ambassador to Mexico. Pascual, he is now at Democratic think tank the Brookings Institution. This where it starts to sound familiar for Saudi Arabia, has retired Air Force Gen. James Smith of New Hampshire contributed $3,300 to Obama’s campaign. David Jacobson, an Illinois lawyer, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Canada. Jacobson rose between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama and donated $2,507 to his campaign. South Africa, will have Donald Gips, who raised at least $500,000 for Obama, and donated more than $4,000 to his campaign. Then you finish up with an all in the family nomination as California music executive Nicole Avant will be the next American ambassador to the Bahamas. Avant and her family have been prolific donors to the Democratic Party. She raised at least $500,000 for Obama and donated the maximum $4,600 to his campaign. Her father Clarence Avant contributed $4,600 to the Obama campaign and donated another $25,000 to Obama’s inauguration fund, Alexander Avant her brother also contributed giving $4,600 to the Obama campaign. So if you are keeping score donate 538,800 you can get an ambassador ship to the Bahamas, $504,000 puts you in Canada and less than $200,000 means your off to South Africa. Change is great as President Obama is really changing Washington Culture.

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