Barack Obama is to appoint a close friend - and major fundraiser - as the new US ambassador to London.
Louis Susman, nicknamed the 'vacuum cleaner' for his ability to hoover campaign funding, is expected to be soon confirmed as ambassador after Buckingham Palace approved the appointment earlier this month.
The move comes after senior diplomats called on the U.S. President to put an end to the tradition of awarding the position to friends and financial backers.
Susman, 71, former vice-president of Citigroup has raised at least $500,000 for the presidential campaign, and a further $300,000 for Obama's inauguration.
He told the Chicago Tribune: 'I don't think anyone enjoys raising money, but for some reason I seem to have a knack'.
Susman is a long-time Democrat supporter and has a house in the same affluent area of Chicago as the President, near Lake Michigan but his new role will see him move intoWinfield House, a huge neo-Georgian mansion in Regent's Park.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
What Happened to the End of Cronyism? Obama Appoints Fundraiser as London Ambassador
Oh well, another day, another broken promise. Is there anything this man say that's believable?