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June 19th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Democrats oppose Obama's ambassador nominee to Norway

(CNN) – They are the standard bearers on foreign soil for the American way, and it's a pretty cushy gig if manage to avoid being posted to turkmenistan.

That's why high profile ambassadorships often go to members of the donor class. The Obama administration has chosen a bundler to become an ambassador 52 times, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

But rarely has a nomination backfired like the White House's pick to represent the U.S. in Norway, George Tsunis.

Tsunis bundled more than $1.3 million for the President's reelection campaign, and while he clearly passed the test for money marketing on Obama's behalf, he showed up to his congressional hearing in January without studying.

Tsunis said Norway has a president, but the country has a king and a prime minister, and appeared unaware of the trade co-operations between the U.S. and Norway.

Even Democrats, like Minnesota Senator Al Franken do not want Tsunis to represent the U.S. in Oslo.

"He seemed very, very ill-prepared, and we're also seeing the kind of meltdown a little bit. I think what you want in a diplomat is someone who is good under pressure," Franken told CNN.

Franken and his fellow Minnesotan Democrat Rep. Amy Klobuchar say the Norwegians in their state take umbrage, and they have already announced their intention to vote against the nomination.

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