Editorial: Time to withdraw the Norway ambassador nomination
President Obama awoke in Minnesota this morning during his visit to the Land of 10,000 lakes. It is time he listen to the Norwegians and officials of our fair state and withdraw the nomination of George Tsunis as U.S. ambassador to Norway.
The president's nomination of Tsunis was simply the nomination of a wealthy donor to an ambassador position for which he is neither qualified nor competent.
Tsunis simply does not have sufficient knowledge about Norway, a northern European country. During an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tsunis called Norway's Progress Party an extremist "fringe element" that promotes hatred. The Progress Party is part of the country's current ruling coalition.
Then he referred to Norway's prime minister as "president." The country has a king and prime minister.
Finally, Tsunis has never been to Norway, according to news reports.
The Tsunis nomination as ambassador to Norway is an embarrassment not only to Norway and the United States, but to the Obama administration as well.
Minnesota and the United States have long had a strong and positive relationship with Norway. Nominating an individual not ready to be an ambassador will do nothing but hurt this long-running and beneficial relationship.
There is already growing opposition among Norwegian circles across the U.S. and the nominee is increasingly a laughing stock in Norway.
There is growing opposition on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Senate.
Frankly, the U.S. deserves better representation in the country of Norway.
President Obama, it is simply time to withdraw the Tsunis nomination to save both of you further embarrassment.
Why not do it today while you in Minnesota, a state proud of it's Nordic heritage.