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Another Obama fundraiser turns out to be a bad ambassador
Foreign Policy ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 02/24/2012 1:36:08 PM PST by Theoria

Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over the world.

Today, the State Department revealed that another fundraiser turned ambassador ran her embassy into the ground ... only to return to fundraising and leave the State Department to pick up the pieces.

According to a new State Department inspector general's report

on the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, Ambassador Nicole Avant presided over "an extended period of dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement, which has caused problems throughout the embassy" since she was appointed by the president in 2009. Prior to being America's envoy in the Caribbean, Avant was Southern California finance co-chairwoman of Obama's presidential campaign and vice president of Interior Music Publishing.

According to her glowingly positive Wikipedia page, Avant spent her time in the Bahamas "focused on five priority initiatives: Education, Alternative Energy, Economic and Small Business Development, Women's Empowerment and Raising awareness of the challenges facing people with disabilities."

But according to the State Department's internal investigation, Avant was away from the embassy an inordinate amount of time -- mainly shuttling back and forth to her home in Los Angeles -- and when she was in town, she worked from her residence most of the day.

Avant was absent from the embassy 276 days between September 2009 and November 2011, including 102 "personal" days and 77 "work travel" days to the United States, of which only 23 were on official orders.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: ambassador; bahamas; fundraiser; obama

1 posted on 02/24/2012 1:36:20 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

The jig is up.


2 posted on 02/24/2012 1:40:12 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Theoria

I’m looking forward to the adults being back in charge.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 1:43:46 PM PST by Not The Other One
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To: Theoria

I’m looking forward to the adults being back in charge.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 1:44:03 PM PST by Not The Other One
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To: boomop1

WTF!!!!! These communists are TRYING to implode this nation!


5 posted on 02/24/2012 1:53:57 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Theoria

Obama fail...


6 posted on 02/24/2012 2:10:40 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: boomop1

Hummm
Someone with no experience not doing their job
I’ve heard this somewhere before


7 posted on 02/24/2012 2:29:26 PM PST by Old Griz
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To: Theoria

Idiot Avant


8 posted on 02/24/2012 2:32:42 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Some of us have been saying that for quite a while.


9 posted on 02/24/2012 2:42:02 PM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: boomop1

Watch the double entendre’s lest ESPN comes after your a$$.


10 posted on 02/24/2012 2:48:22 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Theoria
kinda the same regimen that Obama had as a senator
11 posted on 02/24/2012 4:12:33 PM PST by stylin19a (time to Obamanos)
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