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Obama to Name Gay Man Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

HuebnerPresident Obama will name David Huebner, currently serving as general counsel for GLAAD, as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, the Washington Blade reports:

"A formal announcement was expected Wednesday evening.Huebner, who currently works at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, specializes in handling international arbitration and mediation cases. Formerly a resident of California, Huebner is now based in Shanghai. Long active in non-profit and community organizations, Huebner has chaired the California Law Revision Commission and served as president of the Los Angeles Quality & Productivity Commission. He's also guest lectured on international topics at several schools domestically and abroad."

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  1. Samoa? The Mormons there are gunna love that! I can see the earthquake and tsunami already... oh? Too late.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 7, 2009 7:30:51 PM

  2. This is all the HRC get to celebrate before dinner on Saturday night?

    Hope? Change?

    Posted by: elcamino | Oct 7, 2009 7:50:30 PM

  3. I think you got a picture of the wrong guy Towleroad. :)

    I think this is him:

    Posted by: marco | Oct 7, 2009 8:30:19 PM

  4. Always before something major...remember the "proclamation" before Gay Pride.

    Now before the "big gay reading from the teleprompter."

    Hate this patronizing!

    Samoa??? Really?

    Posted by: NYSmike | Oct 7, 2009 9:40:19 PM

  5. elcamino said,
    "This is all the HRC get to celebrate before dinner on Saturday night?"

    and so it goes....

    Posted by: nic | Oct 7, 2009 9:52:09 PM

  6. YAWN! Obambots rising to drool "Nothing like this has ever been done before!" in 10-9-8-7-6...

    Except, of course, it Bill Clinton years ago—Ambassador James Hormel. Clinton also appointed the first out gay US Consul General—Bob Farmer.

    Can someone PLEASE buy Barry his own LGBT coloring book so he won't have to keep copying Bill?

    Or he could surpass Bill and...wait for it...keep his campaign promises!

    Posted by: Michael @ | Oct 7, 2009 9:57:23 PM

  7. I'm happy for Mr. Huebner. But President Obama is applying the same "trickle-down" principle he has criticized so openly in the past. We must stay focus on the real fight for our rights.

    Posted by: Rafael | Oct 7, 2009 10:36:14 PM

  8. This is a bold step forward! I for one will stop pestering Obama for equal rights

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Oct 7, 2009 11:02:02 PM

  9. This is nice for Huebner, but does *nothing* for the GLBT community.

    And, yes, this is patronizing. And, yes, this is the second unimportant 'highlight' before a big, gay speech/event by the president. Whoop-di-doo.

    Repeal DOMA or DADT or pass an inclusive ENDA and get back to me. A year in and NADA! Not just for the gays, but every single, solitary important democratic demographic -- be it the health care activists, gay activists, union activists or anyone in between. Zippo on either of the wars, Guatanimo, or other civil rights disasters that went on under Bush and continue today.

    This is an EPIC FAILURE!

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 8, 2009 12:12:17 AM

  10. New Zealand. Wow! We've arrived. Might as well call off the march, really..

    Just saw a piece in one of the supermarket tabloids (Enquirer?) about Michelle O's campaign to deep six the book by the guy who claimed he had sex with O., (and who also claimed that the murdered choir director of their Chicago church was O's gay lover,) and to butch up POTUS' image with sports, pretty girls around him , and if possible a new pregnancy... I find this interesting, because it does feel to me like O's unwillingness to stick out his neck for us involves some kind of personal discomfort and skittishness, and that he is insecure and self-conscious about projecting a manly-enough persona. Not saying he's a sister, I have no idea, but I do think he's insecure about his masculinity and how he is perceived, and unfortunately that's part of what's going on.

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 8, 2009 12:41:17 AM

  11. You guys are pathetic. Grow up.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 8, 2009 12:53:19 AM

  12. Or how 'bout this, stop complaining and get active yourself.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 8, 2009 12:54:45 AM

  13. When I saw the headline I could hardly wait to read the bitter commentary about what an asshole Obama is.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 8, 2009 2:14:38 AM

  14. @ Hank: nice mix of tabloid gossip and right-wing sleaze. Have you considered freelancing for Newsmax?

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 8, 2009 3:39:37 AM

  15. Definitely a hollow gesture, but it may cause a few heads to explode at the FRC.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 8, 2009 5:04:08 AM

  16. Yes to Michael @ and the Hillaryites,

    Swing forth sweet Hillary coming forth and to carry your children home.

    They'd rather have you tell Michael @ and company that you don't believe in Gay Marriage either. Because he loves you and accepts you to say it than that colored guy Barry.

    C'mon in 2012 and carry them home as you will still won't abolish D.A.D.T and D.O.M.A something Ms Meathead Matlovich Messiah Bill gave us!


    Posted by: Mr Chris | Oct 8, 2009 8:41:34 AM

  17. I just want to clarify that the "Hank" in the above post is not me.

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 8, 2009 9:55:19 AM

  18. @Mr. Chris

    "Swing forth sweet Hillary coming forth and to carry your children home."

    While I am soooooo not pleased with Obama (and I don't think Hillary would have been much better) that line is just funny.

    But these defenses of Obama and his Bill-shitting (as in Clinton) do get tired.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Oct 8, 2009 11:04:43 AM

  19. Some people in this country don't beliieve openly gay people are fit to serve in a president's administration in any capacity. A lot people still believe that about gays, blacks, Latinos, women, the physically challenged, etc. Obviously, this President doesn't.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 8, 2009 11:18:27 AM

  20. This is such great new for all the gay American ambassadors in New Zealand!!!!

    Posted by: x-guy | Oct 8, 2009 12:55:53 PM

  21. @ Marco, if it's the David Huebner who serves as General Counsel of GLAAD, then I'm pretty sure Towleroad's pic is correct. The FB pic, also used on Huffington Post yesterday, would be wrong -- Huebner is not that young.

    Posted by: EricLA | Oct 8, 2009 12:56:09 PM

  22. Just a reminder:
    Hormel was a recess appointment; there's no way he would have gotten through confirmation with the Republican senate otherwise. And even Hormel himself would tell you that.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 8, 2009 1:31:02 PM

  23. Let's not forget that Bush appointed a gay Ambassador to Romania. This is hardly groundbreaking territory.

    Posted by: Clifw | Oct 8, 2009 7:04:06 PM

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