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Obama taps Punahou classmate for diplomatic post

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:03 p.m. HST, Aug 01, 2013

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama is nominating a childhood friend to represent the U.S. at the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva. He's also tapping a major fundraiser for his re-election campaign to be ambassador to Morocco.

If confirmed by the Senate, Pamela Hamamoto will have the rank of ambassador.

Hamamoto was Obama's Punahou School classmate in Hawaii. She introduced him at a fundraiser last year and raised more than $500,000 for his campaign. Hamamoto was previously an executive at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Dwight Bush Sr. is Obama's pick to be ambassador to Morocco. Bush is president of a financial consulting firm in Washington and also bundled more than $500,000 for Obama's campaign.

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HD36 wrote:
No wonder his dissaproval rating is now 52%.
on August 1,2013 | 02:33PM
busterb wrote:
Which is a hilarious statement because everyone here knows you can't name ANY of the people who have ever held either post, nor what kind of background they had.
on August 1,2013 | 03:30PM
HD36 wrote:
And nobody wants to waste their time doing so. The results speak for themself. The US is now the largest debtor nation in the history of the world.
on August 1,2013 | 03:44PM
Manoa2 wrote:
Because Goldman Sachs and the big banks like it we ended up in a financial mess. Notice his appointee was a big time banker at Goldman and Merrill Lynch. We are too controlled by big business.
on August 1,2013 | 05:12PM
808comp wrote:
It's pay back time.
on August 1,2013 | 02:58PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Please. The guys who came before him did it. The ones who come after him will do it. This is how things work. The story here is the appointment, not the relationship.
on August 1,2013 | 04:21PM
steveoctober wrote:
Outrageous. Should go to the best qualified person and not through nepotism.
on August 1,2013 | 05:44PM
First-Responder wrote:
I guess it's the President's way of saying Mahalo to his supporters while he slides down to his last days in office. It'll be good to see him go. I voted for him the first term, didn't make the same mistake twice.
on August 1,2013 | 09:35PM
AndrewWalden wrote:
Was she a member of the Choom Gang?
on August 1,2013 | 10:29PM
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