“Some of you expressed surprise that I showed up,” he told the crowd, according to GovExec. “So many e-mails to read!”
Then another funny line: greeting TSA chief John Pistole, whose agency just rolled back a plan to allow travelers to carry knives on planes (see above), Clapper asked, “John, can I borrow your pocketknife?”
Quite a knee-slapper. Or at least a line that might elicit some chuckles, which counts for hilarious at those sorts of affairs.
We wonder what other material he’s working on. Perhaps a Jerry Seinfeld-esque musing: “What’s the deal with PRISM?”
Meet the envoys
President Obama on Monday named
, a former Georgetown professor and more recently deputy assistant secretary of state, to be ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, based in Vienna.
Baer is one of as many as five openly gay ambassadors whom Obama is expected to name in coming weeks, sources say.
The list includes HBO executive
, on tap to be named perhaps as early as this week. As we noted recently, Costos and his partner, decorator
, bundled more than $1 million for the president’s reelection. Costos, already in the State Department’s training program (called “charm school”), is looking good for Madrid.
Former Office of Personnel Management director John Berry, as we reported in March, is the expected pick for Australia.
Rufus Gifford, former Democratic National Committee finance chairman and Obama’s 2012 fundraising director, is expected to be named soon to be ambassador to Denmark, we noted way back in February.
Another $1 million-plus bundler,
James “Wally” Brewster
, senior managing partner at SB&K Global in Chicago, is also on tap for an overseas posting.
With Emily Heil
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