OK, I admit it: the Ambassador to France part is mostly mentioned because of the Yo Gabba Gabba thing. Which is something that I've never actually watched, although I have a sinking feeling that as the kids get older I will be forced to correct that. Anyway, it's business as usual when it comes to giving out the prestige diplomatic appointments:
Yo Gabba Gabba, indeed.
President Obama last night announced his intention to nominate a dozen individuals to key ambassadorships. Among them: entertainment executive and Democratic fundraiser Charles Rivkin, who the president has tapped to be Ambassador to France.
In 2005 Rivkin became president and CEO of W!LDBRAIN, an award-winning entertainment company that produces the Nickelodeon hit “Yo Gabba Gabba!” He served as the co-finance chair in California of then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
The Louis Susman pick is really the problematical one, given that the British didn't actually react well to even the suggestion that the White House was sending them a bundler instead of a diplomat. On the other hand, given the way that they snubbed the Queen earlier this week, the British should probably consider themselves fortunate that this administration didn't appoint a horse. On the gripping hand, if a horse had had Louis Susman's prowess in fundraising, well...
PS: Hey, it's not my fault that the guy ran on a Hope and Change platform. Take it up with him.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.