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. Melissa

    Eh. Good for them. Change is life. Some people just need to deal with it.

    May 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. mike

    More Chicago crooks spreading their influence around the world.

    May 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. the rector

    Wow what a surprise! Get the man elected get a job. Sounds like change to me.

    May 21, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Teleprompter of the U.S.

    It's funny how Bush was raked over the coals about Haliburton but when Obama does it with Citigroup, liberals just say, "Nothing to see here, politics as usual, no big deal, blah, blah, blah..."

    May 21, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    So much for "ending the culture of corruption," and "never hiring lobbyists." This guy is a socialist and a liar. He doesn't care what promises he breaks as long as he retains power.

    May 21, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    Payback from one Chicago thug to another.

    May 21, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. nick

    My God, the republicans sure have alot of idiots who attack our Pres. at every turn. Do any of them go to school, write, read, add, subtract, do any of them have a brain? Our country better start to bolster our education system fast.

    May 21, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Keep this up and there wil so be no politicians and rich businessmen in Chicago! They will all be in DC or elsewhere working for DC! Payback at it's finest!

    May 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Paul

    it's funny to see the remaining 21% of america that admits to being a republican all bent out of shape over an ambassador appointment. Keep whining and crying down the road to irrelevance.

    May 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Sorry about the mispelling! Keep this up and there will be no politicians and rich businessmen in Chicago! They will all be in DC or elsewhere working for DC! Payback at it's finest!

    May 21, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    patronage???? surely not..

    May 21, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. The Broker.

    What message? Who is scratching your back?

    May 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Go, Mr. President!

    Did somebody asked you, stupid repugs, for advice? Shut-up, and go back under your rock.

    May 21, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. john

    Cnn can not fail to mention, "Obama's fundraiser"......

    What is going on CNN?

    May 21, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Alicia

    It would be refreshing to see people appointed based on merit.

    We're tired of this PAY TO PLAY mentality by ALL the politicians (Democrats and Republicans) who continue to sell seats to the highest bidder.

    May 21, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. barking republican ankle biters

    I love dogs,but I sure wouldnt mind stomping and kicking a republican in the teeth.At least a dog has a reason for being stupid,whats your excuse TCM?

    May 21, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. fools, fooled by obama

    surprise, surprise, surprise....obama the chosen one that just keeps on giving and giving and giving and.........

    May 21, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Dan

    No change Obama!

    May 21, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Laverne

    The republicans are sure having a hard time accepting that what they think are irrelevant. WE WON!

    May 21, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Chris

    Sounds exactly like the type of politics that all of those people in Chicago said has gone on for years doesn't it? Oh yeah, Obama learned his politics in Chicago didn't he?

    May 21, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Hey BIG Spender

    Oh good, maybe he can wotk on getting Michael Savage off the list of banned people's in Britain.

    May 21, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. DaBird

    Chicago politics..........pay to play. He's paid back the UAW, SEIU, Mr. Soros, Rahm's buddies, ACORN, GE, NBC, MSNBC....etc.

    May 21, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. No Hope

    Demoncratic Liers in Charge once again

    May 21, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. ChiGuy

    Pay to play... What post will Blago get?

    May 21, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Psbro

    Yes 1domino it does matter. She could have blocked it if she chose to.
    Read up on stuff before commenting.
    One thing I can say, Obama is continuing the tradition of the "ugley american". Changey/hopey...yeah right.
    BTW Stop talking what previous presidents have done. Obama was suppose to be DIFFERENT, remember or don't you.

    May 21, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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