Embassy Row: Sorry, David Letterman

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Funny man David Letterman wants to be an ambassador. Seriously. He particularly would like to be the U.S. envoy to Canada.

“I see President Obama is passing out ambassadorships,” he said on his show last week after reading that the White House is considering Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.

“Can I be an ambassador?” Mr. Letterman asked a guest. “I’d like to go to Canada.”

Sorry, Dave. Mr. Obama rewards top fundraisers, not late-night comedians, with plum diplomatic jobs.

The president reportedly already has decided to give the Ottawa post to Bruce Heyman, a partner in the Chicago investment firm of Goldman Sachs, which received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. broke the news last week based on leaks from unidentified sources.

Mr. Heyman and his wife, Vicki, have raised more than $1 million for Mr. Obama’s presidential elections and served on his national campaign finance committee.

The White House has yet to make the nomination public.

CAN’T TAKE A JOKE

Anne W. Patterson, U.S. ambassador to Egypt, has apologized to President Mohammed Morsi over a diplomatic squabble that proved the thin-skinned Egyptian leader can’t take a joke.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo last week sent out a Twitter message with a link to an American cable TV comedy show in which host Jon Stewart skewered Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government for persecuting Egyptian satirist Bassem Yousef.

“The world is watching,” Mr. Stewart said, after lampooning Mr. Morsi for allowing authorities to charge Mr. Yousef with insulting the president and Islam.

Mr. Morsi’s office complained that the embassy was spreading “negative political propaganda.”

The embassy later removed the link to Mr. Stewart’s show.

Now Mr. Morsi’s office is tweeting that Mrs. Patterson also “sent an apology [and] admitted mistake.”

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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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