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Obama’s Ambassador to Norway Knows Nothing About Norway
Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 01/26/2014 5:27:40 PM PST by Kaslin

Norwegians are not happy about the next U.S. ambassador to their country—and for good reason; he’s a top Obama bundler that knows absolutely nothing about Norway, a country he admitted he's never even visited.

Asked by Senator John McCain what he thought it was about the "anti-immigration" Progress Party that appealed to Norwegian voters, Greek American businessman George Tsunis seemed unaware of the party's role in the ruling coalition.

"You get some fringe elements that have a microphone and spew their hatred," he said in the pre-appointment hearing. "And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to denounce them."

McCain interrupted him, pointing out that as part of the coalition, the party was hardly being denounced.

"I stand corrected," Tsunis said after a pause. "I would like to leave my answer at... it's a very,very open society and the overwhelming amount of Norwegians and the overwhelming amount of people in parliament don't feel the same way."

The blunder came after a faltering, incoherent performance from Tsunis, in which he made a reference to Norway's "president", apparently under the impression that the country is a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy.

The New York businessman and lawyer donated $50,000 to McCain in 2008 before switching parties and bundling nearly $1 million for the president in 2012. So his performance during the recent Senate confirmation hearing is utterly unsurprising but infuriating nonetheless. Tsunis is glaringly unqualified for this position and didn’t so much as read Norway’s Wikipedia page to know the slightest bit about the country’s history, politics, and culture before the hearing.

“The nomination (of Tsunis) is nothing less than an insult against Norway,” one Norwegian wrote in an online debate on document.no, NewsInEnglish reports. “This makes it clear that the US kisses up to its enemies while it’s condescending towards its friends.”

Money talks, folks, and Harry Reid’s new rules for the Senate mean there’s no possibility of a filibuster, either. Perhaps this is why McCain sarcastically signed off the way he did: “I have no more questions for this incredibly, highly qualified group of nominees.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: Nevada; US: New York
KEYWORDS: arizona; bundler; eurabia; europeanunion; georgetsunis; harryreid; johnmccain; mccain; nevada; newyork; norway; progressparty; senatorjohnmccain; senatormccain; usambassador

1 posted on 01/26/2014 5:27:41 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

just another no-show job. they’re typical for dems out of chicago


2 posted on 01/26/2014 5:28:46 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Kaslin

Send him to Disney to ride the Norway Epcot ride...


3 posted on 01/26/2014 5:29:51 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Kaslin

Send him to Disney to ride the Norway Epcot ride...


4 posted on 01/26/2014 5:29:52 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Kaslin

They could not fine any Democrat that knew any Geography.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 5:30:24 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin
knowledge NOT required...
6 posted on 01/26/2014 5:30:54 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Kaslin

That’s to be expected because the president of the United States knows nothing about the United States.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 5:33:03 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Kaslin

What should we expect from a president who essentially knows nothing about the U. S.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 5:33:13 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Kaslin

This clown donated to McCain; why didn’t McCain recuse himself and let someone else interrogate him? Typical ruling-class politics.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 5:33:42 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: P-Marlowe

I demand a recount! 10 seconds, are they sure...?


10 posted on 01/26/2014 5:33:44 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Kaslin

"This is such nonsense.
The pRes_ _ent and I eat Haagen Dazs ice cream regularly."

11 posted on 01/26/2014 5:35:58 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin

I wonder if he’s aware of the Norwegian Blue Parrot? Beautiful plumage!

By the way...he’s not dead, he’s resting.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 5:36:24 PM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Kaslin

Gee! A member of the Obama Regime that could not find his own ass even if he were standing naked in a room lined with mirrors and having someone with a laser pointer showing him the way.

Who’d a thunk it??


13 posted on 01/26/2014 5:38:51 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Kaslin

Can he at least spell the name?
I bet he’ll write it with an “i” at the end


14 posted on 01/26/2014 5:39:31 PM PST by Ivan Mazepa
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To: Kaslin

We’ve got the best government that money can buy. Dumber than a bag of hammers but positions are always up for sale. Especially around election time. No knowledge of anything required.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 5:41:11 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: Kaslin

So??

The Obamadork don’t know nutting about nuttin.

He is your typical failed quota boy.

When I want intelligence, I read Sowell, Williams, Thomas, West, etc.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 5:42:29 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin

I doubt Caroline Kennedy knows anything about Japan, either.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 5:43:43 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: Kaslin
"Obama’s Ambassador to Norway Knows Nothing About Norway..."

..... Which of course in the eyes of our Dear Leader makes him the most qualified person for the job! You know ..... kinda like the guy who knew absolutely nothing about running anything made Obama the most qualified person to become President of the most powerful nation on the planet! Yup ....... It's pure Libtard logic that makes sense only to them and to accept any other way of thinking makes you a rabid racist idiot!!!

18 posted on 01/26/2014 5:47:27 PM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Kaslin
Hey, what do you expect? If he backed Soetoro he can't be too smart. Besides, anybody would like to be an ambassador to Norway or one of the other Caribbean countries.
19 posted on 01/26/2014 5:47:34 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama is an idiot and a traitor...but that said, what does our ambassador to Norway do other than pick up a paycheck and preen about his job.

If Norway needs to talk to America...they won't need to chat with our President (he isn't an American...and they know it).

20 posted on 01/26/2014 5:49:08 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Kaslin

...Obama’s Ambassador to Norway Knows Nothing About Norway..

That’s OK! obama knows nothing about America!!!!


21 posted on 01/26/2014 5:55:09 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Kaslin

That’s nothing. America’s president knows nothing about America.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 5:55:44 PM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I wonder what’s next, selling officer commissions like they used to do in Britain?


23 posted on 01/26/2014 5:56:25 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: KevinB

D’oh, I should by now know to read the rest of the posts before posting. But it felt good nonetheless! :-)


24 posted on 01/26/2014 5:58:04 PM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: Da Coyote

correct


25 posted on 01/26/2014 5:58:08 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: P-Marlowe

He sure knows how to be a bully and a dictator


26 posted on 01/26/2014 5:59:53 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: 2banana

From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old


27 posted on 01/26/2014 6:03:55 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Kaslin

Is he a pooftah?


28 posted on 01/26/2014 6:06:18 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Kaslin

He knows nothing about Norway? Do any of 0bama’s people know anything about their payoff positions? Nothing new here.


29 posted on 01/26/2014 6:07:01 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: coydog

Why does the US, the country that basically springboarded the concept of meritocratic government, have in the 21st century, a diplomatic corps system whereby the ambassador is someone who basically bribed his way into the post, rather than a professional career diplomat who has worked their way through the ranks? It does actually make about as much sense as the old British system of officers purchasing commisions, but Britain ditched this system of patronage, both in the army and the civil service by the 1870s...


30 posted on 01/26/2014 6:11:32 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

And of course you have proof /s


31 posted on 01/26/2014 6:12:24 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: socal_parrot

Tsunis thinks a fjord is a car they make in Detroit.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 6:13:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Kaslin

"I personally believe that Mr. Tsunis is unable to locate Norway on a map because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in Norway and, uh, the Norwegian Countries, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help Norway and should help the Norwegian Countries and the other Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future [for our children]."
33 posted on 01/26/2014 6:15:48 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: palmer

Ain’t it the truth!


34 posted on 01/26/2014 6:24:02 PM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: Kaslin
“The nomination (of Tsunis) is nothing less than an insult against Norway....”

Like Slick Willie Clinton's appointment of homo-activist James Hormel to be ambassador to staunchly Catholic Luxembourg.

But we mustn't let anything stand in the way of a good old fashioned payoff.

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35 posted on 01/26/2014 6:33:57 PM PST by JCG
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To: Kaslin

Another news flash: Obama knows nothing about governance or anything about the 57 states....


36 posted on 01/26/2014 6:37:44 PM PST by foundedonpurpose
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To: RoosterRedux

>> “(he isn’t an American...and they know it)” <<

.
Is that why they gave him the No Bell Piece Prys?


37 posted on 01/26/2014 6:54:13 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: socal_parrot
Blimey, that parrot is dead! LMAO, what a great skit!
38 posted on 01/26/2014 7:12:04 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Now that right there is funny.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 7:23:53 PM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Kaslin

" Mr. Tsunis, can you tell us if the Viking Kitties are indigenous to Norway ??"

40 posted on 01/26/2014 7:25:21 PM PST by mikrofon (Land of the Ice and Snow ...)
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To: Kaslin

Send him to Norway, and be quick about it.

The Vikings will take care of him!


41 posted on 01/26/2014 8:02:48 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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