In London, Speculation About the Next Ambassador
By Kevin Sullivan
LONDON -- It has not been easy to be a "Friend of W" in London in recent years, let alone the official representative of one of the most unpopular U.S. presidents in Britain since George Washington fired his musket at the Redcoats.
"You don't get to choose the times when you get these jobs," laughed U.S. Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle, a Bush-appointee and friend who steps down this week to make way for an as-yet unnamed successor to be chosen by President Obama.
The U.S. ambassador's job is the most high-profile diplomatic post in London. Washington's envoy lives in Winfield House, a massive, historic home with the second largest private garden in the city, after Buckingham Palace.
The British media has been buzzing with rumors about who might succeed Tuttle. Based apparently on little more than hope for some celebrity fizz in the job, the media here has floated the names of Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy, whose grandfather once held the post.
Embassy officials had no comment on the rumors or on Tuttle's possible successor.
Posted at 4:24 PM ET on Jan 30, 2009
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