ABC News’s Jake Tapper offers a rather hard-hitting web video on the rumor that President Obama is considering appointing Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a major campaign contributor, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom or France.
Tapper notes that the two positions are among the distinguished and prestigious in our government, once occupied by John Adams, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams (ambassador to the U.K.), and Thomas Jefferson and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver (ambassador to France).
Anna Wintour was reportedly the inspiration for the novel and movie The Devil Wears Prada, about a remarkably cruel and harsh fashion-magazine editor. You probably recall Wintour’s video for the Obama campaign.
Of course, presidents have appointed major donors to ambassadorships for decades now. But Obama’s “ethics agenda” from his 2008 campaign stated:
Obama will issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution.
It also stated:
But in the Obama-Biden administration, every official will have to rise to the standard of proven excellence in the agency’s mission.
I suppose we’re expected to believe Wintour has distinguished credentials, qualifying her to represent the United States to one of its closest allies, beyond her political affiliation or contribution. And I suppose we’re also to believe that Anna Wintour has risen to the standard of proven excellence in the U.S. State Department’s mission in representing this country abroad.
Never mind Wintour being the most qualified person to be our next ambassador to the U.K. or France; she’s probably not even the most qualified Obama bundler for the job.