Hope! Change! Hope! Change!
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”.
And they pointed out that there is little difference between handing a major diplomatic post to a fundraiser and the “pay to play” scandal in which disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich apparently auctioned off Mr Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder.
Barack Obama mastered the most corrupt political machine in North America, the Chicago crony corps. He did it through relentless corruption while banking on his racial reconciliation appeal and his personality.
He also knew that Americans were going to throw a tantrum because of their frustration with George W. Bush, and so if he promised them something intangible that sounded good, the little brats would throw their tantrum his way and then congratulate themselves for being “Progressive.”
In doing so, they elected the most corrupt president in history. It’s change at least… and hope for someone.