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

Obama fundraiser to be named ambassador to UK

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/21/art.bigben.gi.jpg 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. The Broker.

    Another King maybe?

    May 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. JP

    Makes sence he has already started paiding back the unions and trial bar.

    May 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. TCM

    Another rewarding of the corruption machine that handed Obama the White House....via illegal funds.....

    May 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. 1domino

    Did they ask the queen or did she just throw in her 2 cents? Does it really matter if she approves.

    May 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. BobAbrams

    Former vice chairman of CITIGROUP??? Wow, so, Citi gruop is broke, Obama gives them a ton of money and now he names his good ol' friend as an ambassador...this guy is the biggest liar we have EVER had for a President. It's now the Chicago good ol' Boy System

    May 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. 1domino

    So this Susman in set for life in the country most diplomatic to us. Friends in high places must be nice.

    May 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Ralph

    I am disappointed with Pres Obama.
    why does the USA continue this terriblet policy of rewards, and not use professional diplomats like every other civilized democracy?

    May 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Alfred E. Neumann

    Now we finally know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall!

    (With apologies to John, Paul, George & Ringo)

    May 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. The Broker.

    Susan Boyle? Why not...

    May 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    In other words, Obama continues the tradition of "pay to play" in Washington D.C. And where exactly is this "change" we've been promised?

    May 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. AJ

    And the tradition of pay to play continues in Washington D.C. And where exactly is this "change" that we've been promised?

    May 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. usualone

    Presidents have always rewarded those who contribute largely to their campaigns. This is nothing new. I guess those who think otherwise have not followed this kind of news over the years. Yawn.

    May 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Elizabeth

    Pay to play...........Obama way.

    May 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Yawn @ the pay to play nonsense...this is par for the course for every POTUS. MNoreover, it's a cushy and somewhat meaningless post given sort of as an honorary nod. There's really no work to be done in maintaining our friendly relationship with Britain.

    May 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. J.Crobuzon

    What, like he'd name an enemy to a critical diplomatic post? Who do you Repugs suggest, Rush? Cheney? Heh heh, maybe Dubya?

    May 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Royster

    EVERY President appoints ambassadors the same way....Bush did it, Regan did it...

    In case the hate mongers here forget, Obama just appointed a Republican to be an ambassador this week! Funny you don't mention that...perhaps too mush abstinence has clouded your brains.

    May 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Pay to Play Politics as Usual

    This is the real Obama – cut from the South Chicago Political games where pay to play is the norm.

    So much for change. This is stinky politics as usual

    May 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Libertarian

    This is trivial compared to the Bush-era appointees.

    David Wilkins – personal friend of Bush "donated" 33K to the cause and got appointed to Canada. He'd never even been there!

    Michael Wood – Personal friend of Bush, donated and nailed down Sweden. He was a magazine publisher – experience?!??

    Roland Arnall – Handed over 200K and got the Netherlands. He was a banker.

    Let's not even get into all the old Yale "Skull and Bones" members Bush inserted all over the administration. There's an organization America should be wary of.

    May 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Pat F

    A grotesque insult to our closest ally in the world. These sorts of contributor creeps are supposed to get ambassadorships to Switzerland or Monaco or Luxembourg or the Bahamas. NOT to Great Britain! And he's a Citigroup creep – so much for the anti-Wall Street empty rhetoric!

    To any British readers: Please accept our apologies. Remember that 47% of us did not vote for this clown. With any amount of luck, over 50% of us will not vote for him again.

    May 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Payback City

    Obama has adopted well to the pay to play politics of Washington – Change you had better not wait for it aint coming

    May 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. New Yorker

    Who is surprised?

    May 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Pat F

    Hey Liberals – you're all strangely quiet all of a sudden! Where's the defense of the Obamessiah? Come on, don't be shy now!

    Come on, sniffit, Arithmetic is Liberal, etc, etc – speak up – show the love!

    May 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Jon in CA

    Payback!

    Obama is nothing but a Chicago Politician and putz.

    May 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Stripe

    All ambassadors are political contributors – that is their payback. It's the way it works under both parties. Real diplomacy is done by career employees at the State Department. At least Obama didn't appoint his gay lover to be ambassador to Poland, like Bush did.

    May 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. dmjakers

    ambassadorships always have been patronage jobs and this is no different - change?

    May 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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