In his second term, President Obama is still passing up long-time career diplomats and nominating his biggest donors for coveted ambassadorships. His second-term nominations so far raised more than $16 million for his campaigns and inaugurations.
"You know what? Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player," Kerry said, "and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player, and that’s where we’ll leave it."
2012 was not an easy year for diplomats, defense officials and cartographers addressing Asian border disputes.