Obama Nominates Gay Man as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

President Obama has nominated Ted Osius for U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

Thanh Nien News reports:

OsiusIf officially appointed, Osius will replace David Shear, who has held the position since 2011 and been recently nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs in the Department of Defense.

…A known gay politician, Osius is now married to Clayton Bond, who is an officer with the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs.

From the State Department announcement:

Ted Osius, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is an Associate Professor at the National War College, a position he has held since 2013.  He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013.  Prior to that, Mr. Osius served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2009 to 2012.  Before that, he was Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006 to 2009.  Mr. Osius also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2004 to 2006.  Prior to that, he was Regional Environment Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 2001 to 2004.  From 1998 to 2001, he was Senior Advisor on International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President at the White House.  He served as Political Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam from 1997 to 2001.  Other positions he has held include: Staff Aide and Political Officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Political and Management Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vatican City, The Holy See, and Political and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.  From 1985 to 1987, he was a Legislative Correspondent in the Office of U.S. Senator Al Gore, Jr.  Mr. Osius received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.


  1. GEB says

    What a publicity stunt, and insult to all Americans who were killed in that useless war. This is a liberal kick in the balls. (anticipate that reaction)

  2. Brian1 says


    What point are you trying to make? We’ve had an embassy in Vietnam for decades, and the US and Vietnam are quite close nowadays. The only news here is that the next ambassador is gay. From your comment, it sounds like you think we shouldn’t have relations with this country because they repelled the US invasion? Or that the dead soldiers are insulated because the ambassador is gay? I really have no idea.

  3. Chazwm says

    Of course he is nominated! Look at that resume! I am very proud that this president does not hesitate to recognize the gifts of LGBT foreign service officers when appointing ambassidors. Osius’ certainly ain’t the first from Obama…and I easily imagine it cain’t be the last. Rock on our sisters and our brothers…

  4. simon says

    According to some weird comments here, we also shouldn’t have diplomatic relation with China because of the Korean war. The same also applies to Germany.

  5. GEB says

    What President promised a “chicken in every pot?” Well this is Obama world. Vietnam is not some distant memory. I knew people who died there. It’s like AIDS. Today’s gays want to deny history for their “brand.” I know that there will be a gay marriage on TV soon. How many TV seasons has there been gay marriage and adoption? Such a rich heritage, undoubtedly merits political reward.

  6. GEB says

    I envision that all those brave men and women, immortalized on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., would understand that times have changed. If the new Obama Vietnam Ambassador is married to a man, has a child and will gay play house in Saigon, so be it. Martin Sheen is still alive, if they want to shoot a sequel to “Apocalypse Now.”

  7. Brian1 says


    Can you just write in a straightforward sentence what you find objectionable here? I can’t understand your meandering prose. You seem to be angry that Obama is sending an ambassador to Vietnam, but as I said earlier we’ve had diplomatic relations with Vietnam for decades. Then you also seem to be mad that an ambassador is gay, but again we’ve had several gay ambassadors. By the way, you say we will soon have a gay marriage on TV, but again there have been many of those too. You just don’t seem to have a grasp on reality.

  8. L G. says

    does he KNOW the language? that´s what IS important or is he simply an American being nothing more than a place holder!

  9. GEB says

    Brian1: Grasp on reality? You want a “grip” on it. Obama would have to know that Vietnam would strike a nerve with the anti-faux family crowd. It can be viewed like the Michael Sam kiss–making a perfect in your face statement–in this case geographic. There was a saying during the Vietnam War, used by the right wingers: “America Love It Or Leave It!” This is very much like the mindset of the today gay–an attack dog sexuality with so much to prove, and no brave cat in sight.

  10. GEB says

    Of course not, the boys have been on sale for years. I’m talking about the dumb American masses. You know, the ones who will vote.

  11. Brian1 says


    So that was your idea of a straightforward sentence? The grasp v grip thing is just weird, they mean the same thing. Then the rest is just spewing analogies that add up to nothing. All I can tell is you’re angry, but about what I still, after three attempts, have no idea. I still think on balance you’re angriest about having an ambassador to Vietnam. Again, it’s been that way for a really long time. And if you hate Vietnam for a war that we instigated and lost decades ago, why do you care if we send a gay ambassador there? Seems like you hate gays and Vietnamese, so shouldn’t you be happy we’re sending a gay there? Seriously, get a grip and a grasp on reality.


    It’s unlikely he knows Vietnamese, but that’s typical. Ambassadors are either political appointees or career diplomats who rotate among assignments frequently, and therefore rarely have local language skills pre-assignment.

  12. simon says

    Perhaps you have short memory. Bush did something similar.
    Bush appointed an openly gay global AIDS ambassador in 2006. Condoleezza Rice called the mother of the husband of the ambassador as his mother-in-law.
    In that ceremony, ambassador was there with his husband and his hussband’s mother.

  13. GEB says

    So in Vietnam’s example, the commies and the queers won. What a liberal coup. And why didn’t they adopt an Asian baby?

  14. simon says

    That is unlikely. Though his arguments are absurd, you at least can understand what he is trying to say.

  15. tim says

    GEB- In 30 years nooone will care about sexual orientation, so don’t fret. Gay families are more stable than straight families, so this is a good appointment. As for Aids, we made it through stronger and more determined to succeed, so that’s what we are doing.

  16. Bill says

    @GEB: relax – its not like Obama appointed a gay ambassador to Gambia knowing that Gambia’s idiot president wouldn’t allow an openly gay ambassador to set foot in that country. The idea is that such an appointment would be a ploy so they would end diplomatic relations with us, allowing us to throw up our hands and say, “we tried.”