Obama’s New Ambassador-Designate to Argentina Has Never Been to, Ah, Argentina

February 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM Leave a comment

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You might remember back in January when President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Norway, George Tsunis, embarrassed himself and, in my opinion, all of us, during his confirmation hearing when it became obvious he didn’t know much at all about that country.

Well, Obama’s done it again, i.e., he’s nominated a rich campaign contributor to be ambassador to Argentina and the guy hasn’t even been there.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for political consultant Noah Mamet, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked “Mr. Mamet, have you been to Argentina?”

“Senator, I haven’t had the opportunity yet to be there,” Mamet replied. “I’ve traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven’t yet had a chance.”

Rubio said he thought Mamet’s resume was “impressive” but cautioned that the ambassadorship in Argentina was a “very significant post,” and it is perhaps more so now that the country’s currency has plunged.

As Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out, Mamet bundled at least $500,000 for Obama’s campaign, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s figures.


Shouldn’t having been to a country be kind of like, oh, I don’t know, the minimum requirement for being appointed ambassador to that country?



Entry filed under: President Barack H. Obama and Co., The World.

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