President-elect Joe Biden won’t assume office until late January, but his core team is already being put together.
Joe Biden, unlike Donald Trump, is tapping experts in different fields to create his team, rather than relatives and associates.
The ambassador to the United Kingdom is one main position, and incoming President Biden might just be making a somewhat contentious pick.
Barack Obama is just 59, almost twenty years younger than Trump and Biden, and he still has a lot of working life in him.
Biden is thinking of naming his old boss as the Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, as Americans call their UK ambassadors, according to one senior Tory official.
The well-placed source quoted by the Sunday Times says: “I have heard that there is a chance of asking Obama to be thanked.”
That could put a sticky place on Boris Johnson. He has made comments about the 44th president of America more than once that could be considered disrespectful.
“In 2012, Johnson, who was London art mayor at the time, wrote in the Sun about the decision to remove a bust of British wartime leader Winston Churchill from the Oval Office shortly after Obama took office, saying:” Some said it was a snub to Britain.
“Some said it was a sign of the ancestral hatred of the British empire by the part-Kenyan president, of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”
In reality, for the duration of George W Bush’s presidency, Johnson had got his facts wrong and the bust was only ever on loan to the Oval Office.
In 2012, it was relocated elsewhere in the White House.
President Obama’s former spokesperson, Tommy Vietor, reminded Boris Johnson this week of his careless words, tweeting: “We will never forget your racist remarks about Obama and your slavish loyalty to Trump.”
Also speaking on Mr. Johnson’s remarks regarding Mr. Obama, Senator Chris Coons, who was tipped to become Biden’s Secretary of State, said: “It was definitely not well received on my side.”