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Anna Wintour A Possible Pick for U.K. Ambassador

Sophie Elkus |
December 4, 2012 | 1:48 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a possibility for U.K. ambassador. (Creative Commons)
Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a possibility for U.K. ambassador. (Creative Commons)
President Barack Obama is considering nominating current editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour as the next ambassador to the U.K or France, Bloomberg reported.

Wintour faces competition for the U.K. post, officially known as “ambassador to the Court of St. James,” from Matthew Barzun, finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign. Both Wintour and Barzun raised more than $500,000 towards Obama’s re-election.

Wintour is U.K. born but now a U.S. citizen. Among Obama’s top 10 fundraisers, Bloomberg reported, she co-hosted a $40,000-a-plate June event in the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, and a $35,800 per person August event at the home of film executive Harvey Weinstein.

Despite her commitment to re-electing the president, spokeswoman for Vogue Megan Salt said Wintour is not interested in a diplomatic position, Bloomberg reported.

“She’s very happy at her current job,” she said.

Susan Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association did not express confidence in Wintour’s ability to serve as ambassador. She described Wintour as “clearly an intelligent, energetic, capable, attractive and elegant person,” but added that “experience in the practice of diplomacy and international relations is really a great advantage.”

Asked today about the choice for ambassador, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to answer.

“I have no personnel announcements to make,” he said.

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