As with most ambassadorships, you don’t have to be overly bright or have any experience in foreign affairs. The three biggest requirements are: be wealthy, be popular and sociable, and provide extensive campaign donations to the president. It is for the most part a figurehead job that feeds someone’s ego. If we were extremely lucky, the Food Stamp President would appoint most of Hollywood to ambassadorships.
Which cracks me up when young people want to join the State Department thinking one day they’ll be sent to Paris or London.
It’s far more likely you’ll be stamping passports in Cameroon.
True dat. When I was stationed at our embassy in Buenos Aires, the ambassador was a wealthy California businessman who contributed heavily to President Reagan. Ditto Botswana. I passed through Gabarone. The ambassador there also was very generous to Ronaldus Magnus. He was big-game hunter, and for him, Botswana was paradise.