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President Pegs Locke As Next U.S. Ambassador To China

March 10, 2011 by  

President pegs Locke as next U.S. ambassador to ChinaSeveral media reports have confirmed that President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next United States ambassador to China.

If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Locke, a Democrat, would become the first Chinese-American to hold the post. He would succeed Republican Jon Huntsman, who is leaving the position at the end of April. An announcement regarding Locke's nomination is expected this week.

In an interview with The Associated Press on March 7, Locke said that U.S. exports to China increased by 34 percent last year. However, the American trade deficit with the nation reached a record high in 2010, exceeding $273 billion.

"We in government and the business community want more and faster progress," he told the news provider. "There's still a long way to go."

Locke is the President's third choice to fill the ambassadorship. Obama previously tapped former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat, and former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) to assume the post, but both withdrew their names from consideration.

Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, is a potential GOP challenger to Obama in the 2012 Presidential election. White House leaders have publicly praised Huntsman's contributions to the Obama administration, a tactic that many pundits speculate is an attempt to hurt his candidacy among conservative voters.

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  • meteorlady

    I lived in Washington State when Locke was governor. He’s a do nothing publicity hound. Sorry, but he wasn’t even suitable for the Secretary of Commerce except that he’s probably really good a kissing up to Obama.

  • JC

    “Several media reports have confirmed that President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next United States ambassador to China.”

    Are we sure he’s going to be our Ambassador…
    or our Trustee in Bankruptcy?

  • http://com i41

    What should anyone expect the marxist muslim moron to nominate, he has always shown a procivity for worthless s–t birds of society, Tax cheats, theives, domestic terrorists, liars, double books runners as heads of organizations, any any other slime of society of his same back grounds! Another simple minded jackass, with out any experience just like him, another book trained worthless peice of crap.

    • Tom Anderson

      i41,

      “ALWAYS”??? No, you are wrong. He “mostly” does that. Huntsman is an exception – you CANNOT deny that.

      Huntsman has more conservative and business and intellectual credentials than you and me put together. And Obama chose him.

      So try to stop with the flaming speech and keep to the truth.

      I am not familiar with Locke – what are his Bona Fides?

      • meteorlady

        Locke was governor of Washington state. He ran up deficits, did mostly nothing and love the limelight. He didn’t do much at all for the state except continue down the liberal path.

  • s c

    Under other circumstances, Locke might be worth considering. Does he speak Mandarin?
    If he doesn’t speak Mandarin, then Locke probably wouldn’t serve any practical purpose, other than someone who looks the part or has managed to get on Obummer’s short list.
    So far, I don’t have any reason to think any of Obummer’s administration got jobs because they were qualified. That way, all of them can be replaced just as fast as they’re appointed. Kinda like musical incompetents – just like the ‘boss.’

  • jopa

    i41: I didn’t realize Huntsman had all those traits, thanks again for the info.Keep up the good work.

    • Tom Anderson

      Seems to me that i41 is simply throwing any sh*t he can find at Obama.

      I like to throw too, but let’s be reasonable.

      Huntsman is and has been a VERY competent industrialist and business leader. He speaks perfectly fluent Mandarin and, I believe, has adopted mainland Chinese kids into his family. He KNOWS the chinese and their mentality. In my humble opinion, Obama could NOT have picked a better representative and ambassador for our country. Oh, yes, did I mention that he is and always has been a strong GOPer (this is his WORST characteristics in my opinion).

      Huntsman might be an ideal GOP candidate for the Prez. I vote Ron Paul.

      I don’t like Obama – never have and never will, but I HATE Bush much more – always have and always will. Obama is Bush with bigger ears and a better tan.

      I like Ike and Ron & Rand Paul

  • 45caliber

    Well, he’s screwed up Commerce about as much as possible. Why not send him somewhere that he can screw it up too…

  • http://com i41

    Who does Onumnutts appoint that doesn’t have baggage with them. Tax cheats that he has appointed and dumb bastards cheered for, Geithner, Daschle, Rahmbutt, Holder, Sevilous, all democrap Congress senators and Congress persons with their back door dealings Onumnutts signed off on. Marxist/communist friends like Sterns, Doran, and her Chitcogo bombing ghost writer domestic terrorist and murderer,Clypso Louie, Black Panthers, Trunka the union rug lizard, the muslim rug slugs, just for starters that are joined at the head and hips with Onumnutts. Huntsman is a morman, another religious group that will try and get the better of non mormans, all are way less radical than the most”peaceful” muslims, plus they do claim to be Christians, they do care for the USA, and defend our form of government. But anyone that would serve under a lying anti USA puke, like the marxist muslim moron, doesn’t have too deep of core standrads. I would be real leary of any Republican that will work in Onnumnutts inner group,too many rinos in the shadows of government machinery who want to gain a bit of fame. Simpson, who at one time was my senator, but he suggested no cuts on any beltway slubs which he is part of. When he decided to work with the purple lipped muslim, he proved he always has been a rino. Any one that will work with Onumnutts and any soros socialist dumbocrap, is about as trust worthy as a sun light rattlesnake, unless a shot gun barrel is up to it head. Make sure your finger is in the guard and on the trigger.

    • Tom Anderson

      Morman? I didn’t know. They are MUCH worse than Muslims – mostly in Utah and they ALL carry guns even on Univ of Utah campus – - they don’t even require a CHL – - ANY student there can “pack”. Utah is the most dangerous state in the union – they think anyone can own a gun – without even a license! They are all gun nuts – the guy who designed the 50 Calibre machine gun and the BAR was a Morman too. Purveyors of death, that is what they are.

      And they all have lots of wives too! They DON’T believe in Christ only Joe Smith. DEEP THROAT was a Morman and look what a mess he got us into. They are all freakin libs. And the FBI and lots of Fed guv spooks are Morman too – we are NOT safe with those creeps in positions of power.

      And I know my history, Mormans designed and led the raid on Polesti oil refineries and everyone knows what a friggin disaster THAT turned out to be.

      The WORST thing about the Mormans? The DAMN TV – yeah I bet you didn’t know THAT! – Farnsworth patented that damn contraption – another friggin Morman! Obamer was lucky to git rid of Huntsman.
      Better a Muslim than a Morman anyday!

      Romney? Don’t get me started on THAT Morman! You only see him with his FIRST wife – keeps all the others locked up in his harem in Utah.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Tom Anderson,
        Are you really that stupid or are you putting on an act??? do you know how many lives were saved during WW2 alone by that 50 cal??? I don’t care WHO invented it, I’m just glad they did!! Hell, a prisoner in prison invented the M1 carbine, SO WHAT??? IT SAVED LIVES!!! You don’t want to own a gun, fine!! Don’t own one!! I do and I have a God given right to that has been upheld by the supreme court!!! Don’t like it?? KISS WHERE THEV SUN DON’T SHINE!!!

      • meteorlady

        What has a Mormon ever done to you personally? What a rant…. there are some nut Mormons to be sure, but they are a group that is outside the main church. If I was you I’d befriend a Mormon – they have a five year supply of food. I have worked with them and they are honest, hard working people for the most part.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Yep…Tom Anderson would keep on believeing that Mormons were worse than Muslims,right up until a Muslim sawed his head off with a rusty butter knife too!Watch the way they treat infidels.Type these words into your search engine and watch the video…(Abu Musab Zarqawi slaughters an American)….if you think that you will be subject to worse than this via Mormonism,you are a complete idiot.But then again there are many complete idiots on this thread who post their nonsense every day.

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