- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Indian officials will be pleased if President Obama nominates a former Democratic congressman with strong views on terrorism in Pakistan as the next U.S. ambassador to India, according to press reports from New Delhi.

The Hindu, one of India’s most prominent newspapers, reported favorably on news from Washington that Mr. Obama is considering Tim Roemer, a House member from Indiana until 2003 and a former member of the 9/11 commission. Mr. Roemer was also a key supporter of Mr. Obama’s run for president last year.

“Given his proximity to Obama and his chief of staff [Rahm Emanuel], Roemer certainly will have a line to the White House,” the newspaper said.

The Hindu predicted that Mr. Roemer, as ambassador in New Delhi, would have access to the White House like Robert Blackwill and David Mulford when they served as ambassadors to India under former President George W. Bush.

“Indian officials wary of the Obama administration’s approach to the region are likely to take some comfort from Mr. Roemer’s forthright views on terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” the Hindu said.

In an Atlantic magazine interview in January, Mr. Roemer warned of a “rapidly expanding terrorist network that is metastasizing and growing around the world, not just in Afghanistan, but rebuilding in Pakistan.”

Mr. Roemer served six terms in the House before deciding against running for re-election in 2002.

The news that Mr. Obama is considering Mr. Roemer first appeared in Foreign Policy Magazine’s Beltway blog, the Cable.


Nancy Brinker knows which fork to use and which flag to fly when a foreign leader comes to Washington.

As U.S. chief of protocol for the last two years of the Bush administration, her job was to oversee every detail of presidential trips abroad and high-level foreign visits here.

Ms. Brinker, who served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003, Tuesday became the newest member of the honorary board of directors of Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association.

“I am proud to join this group of dedicated professionals,” she said. “Protocol officers provide an extremely important service to the world. They are people who create the right atmosphere for diplomacy and business to succeed.”

Chris Young, president of the association, praised Ms. Brinker for serving with “grace, dignity, shining brightly on the most prominent stage in our profession.”

After leaving the protocol office at the State Department, Ms. Brinker returned to lead Susan B. Komen for the Cure, an organization she founded in 1982 to support breast cancer research after her sister, Susan, died of the disease two years earlier.

At the protocol association, which was founded in 2002, Ms. Brinker will serve on the honorary board with two former protocol chiefs, Selwa Roosevelt from the Reagan administration and Joseph Reed from the George H.W. Bush administration.

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