If you were one of those who even for a moment bought into the “Hope and Change” mantra during Obama’s 2008 election campaign, then here’s one video (see below) that blasts that foolishness right out of the water.
Jon Stewart mocks Obama’s recent ambassadorial appointments for the cronyism that they are. While all presidents are guilty of nominating U.S. overseas ambassadors with questionable qualifications, ABC News explained how it’s different this time:
Obama has rewarded political supporters plum ambassadorships more than his predecessors. So far, 37 percent of Obama’s appointments have been political, compared to 30 percent under George W. Bush and 28 percent under Bill Clinton. In his second term, Obama has named more political than career appointments, 39 versus 36. Twenty of his political appointments raised more than $500,000 for his 2012 campaign…Fundraising aside, the qualifications of Obama’s big bundler nominees are being called into question after several of them flopped their confirmation hearings. The question and answer sessions were so embarrassing, it may give future presidents pause about continuing the tradition of rewarding donors with diplomatic posts.
So, how much does it cost to be a U.S. ambassador these days, you ask? Well, let’s just say this, “It ain’t cheap.” You better be prepared to pony up beaucoup bucks for Obama! In fact, today’s ambassadors need to be members of the “dreaded” One-Percenter’s club or at least be willing to schmooze liberal millionaires and billionaires out of their cold, hard cash for Obama. Apparently, not all rich fat cats are evil after all.
Consider just a few of Obama’s recent and questionable nominees: Businessman George Tsunis has never been to Norway, but he forked over $850,000. Noah Bryson Mamet has never been to Argentina, but he managed to raise $500,000. Robert Barber has never been to Iceland, but he gave $1.6 million for Obama’s re-election campaign.
In their confirmation hearings, many of them also embarrassed themselves by confusing basic facts about the respective countries to which they’ve been assigned. Apparently, in addition to being financial bundlers, they are also fact bunglers too.
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