Mr Obama's campaign promises to change politics as usual had raised hopes that he would not continue the practise of doling out prized ambassadorships to cronies Photo: AP
Barack Obama Under Fire For Picking A Crony Fundraiser As His Ambassador To Britain -- The Telegraph
Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London.
The selection of Mr Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president's hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama's commitment to the special relationship with Britain.
American commentators denounced the selection of a rich friend to the plumb post, regarded as one of the most prestigious in the president's gift, as worthy of a "banana republic".
They said it was proof that Mr Obama has turned his back on his campaign pledge to end politics as usual.
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My Comment: Chicago style politics on full display at the White House.