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Obama names three more GAY ambassadors; nearly doubles Clinton’s LGBT appointments
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[quote:christian:MV8yMjg5MDAyXzM4OTY0NTEyXzRFRDQ4NEIw] A handful of would-be diplomats and their spouses are getting schooled in the finer points of their new jobs. The “curriculum” typically includes training in the responsibilities and authorities of an ambassador, how to run an embassy, the structure of the State Department, how to handle the media and the like — and, we hear, security is increasingly being emphasized. It’s unclear how large the current class is, but we understand it’s made up of both nominated candidates and those whose announcement is imminent. One former ambassador says “charm school” is a misnomer for a rigorously educational and informational session. “Trust me, it’s not about china and teacups,” the graduate said. “It’s about [b][u]the belly of the beast.[/u][/b] It’s ‘here’s how it all works.’ ” [/quote]
President Obama this month nominated three openly gay men for posts as ambassadors to Spain, Denmark, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
On June 14, the president named James Costos to take over as ambassador to Spain and Rufus Gifford to become ambassador to Denmark. On June 10, he named Daniel Baer to serve as ambassador to the 57-nation security group that cooperates to address concerns over such matters as border security, human trafficking, and the illegal distribution of weapons.
Baer was originally appointed to the State Department, serving as deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, working on human rights and labor issues. This is his second appointment from President Obama.
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