Congress on Obama’s Appointees: Good Luck With That
If there were a political magic eight ball, with President Barack Obama shaking it to see just how well his presidential appointments would do for the coming months, it’d probably say something along the lines of “Very Doubtful” or “Don’t Count On It.” Obama has been having a difficult time pushing his nominees through Congress, taking a storm of criticism from Republicans on some candidates for a variety of reasons — and recently even seeing his nominees blocked by his own party. This is made even more significant by the time he still has left in office — he could be looking at two more years of blocked or delayed nominations — though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) change to filibuster rules had a significant effect on that.
In 2013 Noah Mamet and Colleen Bell were nominated for U.S. ambassadors to Hungary and Argentina, and both took a lot of heat from Republicans for their Hollywood origins. Bell was a television producer, and Mamet a political strategist, but in general Hollywood and celebrities are often connected to ambassador positions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hollywood’s role in campaign funding Obama’s presidential campaign was heavy and could explain John Emerson, LA financial adviser, James Costos, HBO executive, and Rufus Gifford, Davis Entertainment producer, getting pushed though as ambassadors to Germany, Spain, and Denmark respectively.