Donors Find a Home in Obama's Diplomatic corps.

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    The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has seen its share of luminaries in the ambassador's suite. Former Vice President Walter Mondale, former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker and former House Speaker Tom Foley are among those who have brokered relations with a complex and critical ally in a region bristling with military and trade tensions.
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    President Barack Obama's pick for the post is from a different mold: John Roos, a San Francisco Bay area lawyer, was the president's chief Silicon Valley fundraiser and contributions "bundler." He has no diplomatic experience.

    Mr. Obama's choice of Mr. Roos, along with other political boosters -- from former investment banker Louis B. Susman, known as the "vacuum cleaner" for his fundraising prowess, to Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney -- has raised eyebrows among some who thought the president would extend his mantra of change to the diplomatic corps.

    "We're not only insulting nations [that] we're appointing these bundlers to, we're risking U.S. diplomatic efforts in these key countries," said Craig Holman, a government-affairs lobbyist at watchdog group Public Citizen.

    This tension can be traced back to Mr. Obama's claim during last year's campaign that President George W. Bush engaged in an "extraordinary politicization of foreign policy." Mr. Obama said he instead would ensure that hires are based on merit, rather than party or ideology.

    Donors Find a Home in Obama's Ambassador Corps - WSJ.com
    somebody want to tell me again what's different about this guy? i must be too dense to pick up on the subtle differences...

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    Wow, that's never happened before in the history of US politics.
     
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    that whooshing noise is the point sailing over your head. :lol:

    hope and change, babe, change and hope.
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    same old same old....politics as usual
     
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    Only took 6 months to expose that he was what I said he was, the same as the guy he replaced.
     
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    He isn't the same as GWB. he will if the Republicans don't mange to win back control of the Senate or the house in 2010 spend twice as much money in half as much time and create unemployment rates we haven't seen since FDR.
     
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