Published December 04, 2012
Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour -- one of President Obama’s biggest fundraisers -- is reportedly being considered by the president as the next ambassador to either Britain or France.
U.S. presidents typically reward top financial supporters with such prestigious posts, and Obama is no exception. His current ambassador in London is Louis Susman, a Chicago investment banker who fundraised for the 2008 Obama campaign.
Wintour this election cycle bundled more than $500,000 for the president, according to the campaign.
Though she is considered one of the country’s most successful businesswomen with impeccable style and social graces, the possible nomination has drawn scrutiny from the diplomatic circle.
The American Foreign Service Association did not comment directly on the potential Wintour nomination, but referred to its long-standing position on appointments that states Obama and other Washington officials have pledged to strengthen U.S. foreign service, but “it is difficult to see how this objective can be successfully achieved if the majority of key senior diplomatic positions at home and abroad are reserved for political appointees.”
Over the last three decades, the group points out, 85 percent of ambassador appointments to major European countries and Japan have been political.
"The possible ambassadorship 'news' is just a rumor," Megan Salt, Vogue's communications director, said Tuesday. Wintour "is very happy with her current job."
Wintour was born in Britain.
Bloomberg also reported that, should she be interested, Wintour could have competition from Matthew Barzun, finance chairman of the 2012 Obama campaign who is said to be interested in the London post.
Like Barzun, Wintour emerged as a prolific fundraiser for Obama in the 2012 cycle.
At least some of the money Wintour helped raise came from two top-dollar events she hosted this summer – a $40,000-a plate event in June at the New York townhouse of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, followed by a $35,800-a-plate event in August at the Westport, Conn., home of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.