May 21st, 2009
06:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama fundraiser to be named ambassador to UK

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Chicago businessman Louis Susman will be named ambassador to the Court of St. James's."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama intends to nominate Chicago businessman Louis Susman to be the country's next U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James's, according to sources familiar with the nomination.

Susman is 71 and retired in February as the vice chairman of Citigroup. Susman was a prominent fundraiser and "bundler" from Obama's presidential campaign and was also a key fundraiser for Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid.

The pick has been approved by the British government and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Proud American

    Wow, Republicans are such Idiots......

    May 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. bob in LA

    How much bailout money did Citi Group get?
    So money and an Ambassadorship for raising money when he should have been doing business to make Citi financially sound.
    That's a lot better than state Unemployment!

    May 21, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. frank tx

    real change my bee hindd

    May 21, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Tom L.

    @ Go Mr. President. Wait, wait, wait...I thought it was the Republicans that were full of hate. Hmmmm...

    May 21, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Tom L.

    @ Nick - "Do any of them go to school, write, read, add, subtract, do any of them have a brain?" This might be favorite posting of all time. It is the typical hateful venom that comes from the so-called accepting Democrats. However, it's even more hilarious when Nick tries to call another "stupid" yet he doesn't even know proper grammar. Absolutely priceless. Ummmm, Nick, do you know what a run-on sentence is???

    May 21, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. neil

    No difference between bush and obama, same old buy your way in, NO CHANGE

    May 21, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. John M in CA

    After the win but before the inauguration, Obama was asked if he'd appoint any contributors to his campaign as ambassadors. He said (to loosely quote it as I remember) "It would be disingenuous of me to tell that that won't happen. I'm sure there will be a few." and then implied it was historically a trend, which it is. So what?

    May 21, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Lori

    What is the big deal? I heard that this has been done in other administrations. Plus, what's the big deal? Are these businessmen theives or charged with any corruption? Republicans, please continue to pick on everything the President does. I love it! The more you hate the President, the more your numbers stay in the 20s%. P.S. If the President isn't a change from the last administration, then why are you guys complaining so much?

    May 21, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Pamma

    Wasn't he with Citi when it went down the tubes? Throw the worthless bum out and do not confirm.

    May 21, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    ... and your irrelevant opinions should be of interest to the 80% of those of us who voted for and approve of the agenda of the Obama administration because?

    Pfffft ... find a hole and hide and watch while Obama and company get us out of the mess your men got us into!

    May 21, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    You do for me and I'll do for you at any cost.............yep, this is the "hope" and "change" Obama promised.

    May 21, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. no surprise here

    but really, do we need an ambassador to any of the European countries? we have an ambassador to the Vatican.. the smallest country in the world... that must be a plush assignment, and a waste of TAX PAYERS money

    May 21, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Indiana Native

    I'm not suprised by this most political president playing political payback.

    May 21, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Chicago Red

    @phoenix86 May 21st, 2009 5:21 pm ET
    Payback from one Chicago thug to another.....Shut your Sour Pie Hole!!! **phoenix home of the RED NECKS!!

    May 21, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Pat, CA

    Well, there you have it - the Obama fundraisers get rewarded. OF COURSE! What did you expect? Obama is nothing but a political animal.

    May 21, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Truth Shall Prevail

    Did anyone hear about the story today about the hundred Kindergartners who were turned away from their White House tour, because the White House had to get ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers visit? Funny, it doesn't make it on any of the major news networks, but the DC news are carrying it as a Gaff by the white house. Interesting...

    May 21, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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