White House defends choice of Norway ambassador who doesn't know anything about Norway
Obama's choice to be ambassador to Norway was exposed as an idiot during confirmation hearings last week
According to the Blaze:
The biggest, most glaring admission of ignorance during the hearing came when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Tsunis, a businessman and top Democratic Party donor, about Norway's anti-immigration Progress Party, which has now joined the country's ruling coalition.
"You get some fringe elements that have a microphone and spew their hatred. And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to denounce them," Tsunis said.
This is incorrect. The Progress Party is in good standing with the country's government.
"The government has denounced them? The coalition government - they're part of the coalition of the government," McCain noted.
"I stand corrected. I would like to leave my answer at ... it's a very, very open society and the overwhelming amount of Norwegians and the overwhelming amount of people in parliament don't feel the same way," the president's nominee responded.
Tsunis furthered McCain's frustration by referring at one point to Norway's "president."
Norway doesn't have a president; it's a constitutional monarchy.
This kind of stupidity would cause any normal White House to wait a few weeks and then quietly withdraw the nomination.
What would an abnormal White House do?
The White House on Friday said President Obama retained confidence in his nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Norway, despite his bungling of questions at a confirmation hearing last week.
George Tsunis, the hotel executive and Obama donor nominated to go to Oslo, incorrectly described Norway as having a president and characterized an anti-immigration party that is part of the ruling coalition government as being among "fringe elements."
"I can tell you that this president has confidence in all of the nominees he's put forward for ambassadorial positions as well as other positions in the administration, in the government," White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.
Tsunis's performance had earned a sarcastic chiding from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who had questioned him. McCain closed his questioning by saying he had "no more questions for this incredibly highly qualified group of nominees."
According to campaign disclosure documents reviewed by Yahoo News, Tsunis has raised $988,550 for the president, given $300,000 to Democratic super-PACs and donated $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund.
What do you think the Norwegian people are saying about Tunis?
To foist an ignoramus on a friendly government goes beyond insult. The president owes the Norwegian government an apology and the posting of someone who bothers to study a little about the country where they will be representing US interests.