Friday, December 31, 2010
Jon Huntsman, American Ambassador in China
On 16 May 2009, Barack Obama nominated Jon Huntsman, Governor of Utah, as the next ambassador of China. Jon Huntsman is moderate Republican who speaks fluent Chinese. Obama’s move is extremely smart because he has eliminated a number of his enemies who might run in the presidential race in 2012. Besides Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jon Huntsman lost his chance to run the presidential race against Obama in 2012. Huntsman probably figured out that the current chaotic Republican Party would not have a strong chance to win the 2012 race either. It is better for him to serve one of the most important ambassadors globally – China than to prepare to run the 2012 presidential race.