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August 1, 2005
Does a Body Good

bolton and bush

Predictably, President Bush today thumbed his nose at the nomination process and highly credible, widely shared concerns over his candidates suitability and appointed John Bolton as Ambassador to the U.N. while Congress was looking the other way. The President was heard to remark, "Heh heh heh."

President Bush bypassed the Senate and installed John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Monday over protests by Democrats that the combative critic of the world body would hurt U.S. credibility.

Five months after nominating Bolton, Bush appointed him in a subdued White House Roosevelt Room ceremony with Bolton beside him and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice standing nearby.

"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform. So today I've used my constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton as America's ambassador to the United Nations," Bush said.

Reuters

This recess appointment thing is one of the stupidest loopholes I'm aware of. But of course neither side wants to close it because they both enjoy exploiting it when it suits their needs.

Regardless, we're stuck with this jackass as our ambassador to the rest of the world— a group he admits to having next to no respect for— at least until early 2007.

Maybe now that he has an important job, though, he'll wipe that damn milk mustache off. Jeez. That must have been some big glass of milk.

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