Obama’s bundler nominee for ambassador to Argentina anxious to get to work just as soon as somebody tells him where it is
**Written by Doug Powers
President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Argentina along with his choice for ambassador to Norway both share an important qualification: They’ve raised a ton of money for Obama.
From the Daily Mail:
In the latest blunder for an Obama administration ambassadorial nominee, prolific Democratic campaign fundraiser Noah Mamet admitted Thursday that he has never been to Argentina – the nation where he wants to represent U.S. interests as America’s top diplomat.
The White House has tapped him to be the U.S. ambassador to the South American country.
‘Mr. Mamet have you been to Argentina,’ asked Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio during the Californian’s confirmation hearing.
‘I haven’t had the opportunity yet to be there,’ he admitted, ashen-faced.
Sure, but he’s seen “Evita” — twice!
But at least Mamet’s fluent in Spanish, right? RIGHT?
ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked that same state department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, how much you have to have donated to Obama to be an ambassador. Psaki referred the question to Jay Carney (who will refer it back to her on Monday):
“The percentage is 37 percent, which is considerably more political appointees than George Bush had, considerably more than Bill Clinton had,” Karl said. “I mean, most of these gave hundreds of thousands of dollars or raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Obama campaign. How much does it cost to become an ambassador, to be named ambassador, in the Obama administration?”
The remarks drew laughter from the press corps, and spokeswoman Jen Psaki called it a “TV question,” but Karl pressed for an answer.
“The White House names ambassadors, so I would certainly point you to my old colleagues across the street for that,” Psaki said.
In a related story, Obama’s nominee to Turkey, Marcus Brody, is still getting the lay of the land:
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