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Filling seats: Obama childhood friend confirmed

The Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama’s grade school friend from Hawaii, Pamela Hamamoto, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

A former investment banker, Hamamoto was a campaign bundler for Obama and introduced him at a California fundraiser ahead of the 2012 election.

“I still remember the first time I saw him on the playground when a classmate pointed at him and asked me, ‘Do you know Barry? Because he’s a new kid too. And I so I looked at him and I remember, I must confess, that it didn’t cross my mind at the time that this young boy with bare feet and chubby cheeks would grow up to be president of the United States,” Hamamoto said, according to an October 2012 story in Politico.

The Senate on Thursday also unanimously confirmed Ted Mitchell to be undersecretary of Education. Mitchell is currently the CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, which raises private dollars to invest in innovative public education, such as charter schools.