Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've heard rumors floating around about Jon Huntsman being a possible choice for Secretary of State, have you heard these? What is your take on it? I for one was pretty excited about it even the thought of it.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I think it would be a perfect job for Governor Huntsman — not just because of the obvious fact that it raises his profile nationally and internationally, but because his experience overseas, particularly in China, makes him a natural fit for the State Department. 

However, I’d be very surprised to see President Obama appoint a Republican — especially a Republican who should be at the top of the GOP’s list for potential 2016 Presidential candidates who can change the perception of the Republican Party — to such a high-profile job.  It would be a tremendous display of non-partisan leadership by the President, but unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.  Some might point to the fact that Obama kept a Republican, George W. Bush-appointee, Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, but Defense and State are two very different entities.  State is a much more political Department than Defense is — and much more of a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

I hope I’m wrong, though.  I’d love to see Governor Huntsman as Secretary of State.  Anything to raise that profile and make him a contender is good in my book.

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