Holbrooke: Not in Ohio, Not in D.C.
By Al Kamen
It appeared for the past week or so that opponents of former United Nations ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the broker of the Dayton Peace Accords to end the fighting in the Balkans, had successfully killed any chance of his becoming secretary of state. His name seemed to have receded from The List.
Holbrooke had been scheduled to give a speech on Thursday at Ohio State University entitled "A Foreign Policy Agenda for the Next President." But then this e-mail announcement from Ohio State University floated into our mailbox, via a Loop Fan in England.
"Richard Holbrooke has canceled his visit to The Ohio State University on November 13. He has been called to Washington to help with the transition of President-elect Barack Obama's team into presidential office.This event will not be rescheduled."
Really? Maybe Holbrooke's detractors had failed after all? Talk about an eyebrow-raiser.
But an aide to Holbrooke said the announcement was "completely false," and that the "reason he canceled was totally unrelated" to the transition and "for personal reasons." "He not part of any transition team," we were told, and he "hasn't been to Washington since before Election Day."
What's more, he wasn't going to be in Washington on Thursday. The speakers bureau apparently had miscommunicated with the university.
So there you have it.
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November 10, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
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