It’s that time of year… for President Barack Obama to hand pick which lucky Obama campaign donors he will bestow with ambassadorships. And who’s on Obama’s nice list this season? If you’re mind is only scanning over the district’s debutantes and socialites, think harder. Don’t forget about the West Coast.
Four Obama supporters from *drum roll please* Hollywood are in the running for the honor to represent the U.S. of A as diplomats. Obama’s White House interior designer, Michael Smith, soap opera producer Colleen Bell, money manager John Emerson, and the Tennis Channel CEO Ken Soloman all made Obama’s shortlist this campaign season, and they may not be the only L.A. celebrities considered, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It could be worse. At least there has been no mention of Kanye West or Jay Z so far. Although, maybe we’d get a good song out of Taylor Swift or Beyonce from those appointments.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that another possible pick is Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who has been rumored to be on Obama’s short list for several weeks. Other big Obama supporters like DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg are just too busy to fly off to Europe or the Caribbean for a diplomatic appointment.
Obama has already appointed more diplomats from Hollywood than any other U.S. president. Los Angeles Democratic consultant Bill Carrick told the Hollywood Reporter,”Obviously, the president had enormous support in Hollywood.”
But they’re support alone doesn’t mean they will get offered ambassadorships, an Obama insider told the Hollywood gossip site. “He [Obama] isn’t going to choose someone just because they’ve raised $500,000. He has to know them,” the insider reportedly said.
Carrick also explained to the Hollywood Reporter, “There’s a fine line between indicating that you have an interest in being an ambassador and actually campaigning for it. You have to do that with discretion and, well, diplomacy.”
Well, only time will tell which Obama favorites will get lumps of coal or ambassadorships from the President this year.