Just how badly does President Obama want Malia to get that coveted Vogue magazine internship? Would you believe imperious Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour may become the next U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain? Actually, there’s more to it than that.
If the rumors are true, it probably has less to do with Malia’s future in fashion and more to do with the role Wintour, 63, played as a fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign.
Big-time campaign donors are often rewarded with ambassadorships, but usually in countries that are considered plush assignments like Norway or Sweden.
Although the UK is far from the world player it used to be, it still merits a skilled diplomat, with real foreign affairs experience to rep for the United States.
Wintour might do well with the ceremonial side of things involving royal galas, and she’s sure to dress appropriately for state dinners and other special occasions. But Britain is a major U.S. ally in the Mid-East and things are likely to get worse there before they get better.
Nonetheless, Bloomberg is the latest to report that sources “familiar with the matter” have said that current ambassador Louis Susman will be leaving the post and Wintour is among the rumored replacements. The lawyer and former investment banker is a major Democratic Party fundraiser.
His appointment in 2009 drew fire because Obama had promised to appoint more career diplomats as ambassadors. Appointments to the top diplomatic posts in Britain and France, however, have more often gone to party loyalists.
Other major party bankrollers like Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and Jim Henson Co. executive Charles Rivkin, also landed ambassadorships after Obama’s 2008 victory to Ireland and France respectively.
Wintour’s highest profile event for the President was a $40,000-per-plate dinner for 50 people at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s Manhattan townhouse. However, she faces competition from other big Obama fund raisers for the post and for the Ambassadorship in France.