It’s all going a bit Pete Tong for ol’ Hopenchange, isn’t it?
“Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. The selection of Mr Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president’s hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama’s commitment to the special relationship with Britain. American commentators denounced the selection of a rich friend to the plumb post, regarded as one of the most prestigious in the president’s gift, as worthy of a “banana republic”.
In a way, this is a non-story. “Politician pays off rich friend” – quelle surprise! They ALL do that, as we know. But since Obama has made such a big deal of the hope and change he was going to bring, and now we can see that it is just more of here comes the new boss, same as the old boss, it seems only fair to point this out.