APPOINTMENTS: The Search for Excellencies

"When I go into an embassy and see sitting as our ambassador a fat, bloated, ignorant, rich major contributor to a presidential campaign . . . it's an insult to me and to the people of America and to the people of that country."

In the hope of avoiding the sort of ambassador he had criticized during his campaign, Carter asked Florida Governor Reubin Askew to chair a 20-person panel that would review potential ambassadors. Its members include Democratic Elder Statesmen Dean Rusk and Averell Harriman, Republican William Scranton and a sprinkling of academics and authors. For the past month,...

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