02/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama To Maintain Practice Of Naming Donors To Ambassador Posts

President-elect Barack Obama will uphold at least one of Washington's old ways: the appointment of campaign donors to plum ambassadorships.

"There probably will be some" political appointees serving abroad, Obama said at a news conference yesterday. "It would be disingenuous for me to suggest that there are not going to be some excellent public servants but who haven't come through the ranks of the civil service."

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