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Obama Tells Bush-Appointed Ambassadors to Go Home

Politically appointed US ambassadors will be unemployed starting Jan. 20, joining their fellow Americans also on the job hunt. Ambassadors picked by George W. Bush received notice this week that their services will not be needed even for the usual administration transition period.

As the Washington Post points out, Obama's decision does not impact all ambassadors, as many are foreign service officers heading up America's outposts in less crucial countries. But the embassies in places like London, Tokyo, or Paris (located right by the Champs Élysée!) will soon be led by those who have shown loyalty to Obama's candidacy and worldview.

Considering US embassies act as a powerful symbol of America abroad, and sometimes as the sites of anti-American protests, it makes sense that Obama wants to appoint new faces that represent his vision. Does that sound fair to you?


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