The newly confirmed American ambassadors presented their credentials to each of their receiving states in the last couple of months. Below are just a few of the photographs that are available online.
U.S. Embassy Japan
TOKYO, Japan (November 19, 2013) U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy arrived at the the Imperial Palace, where she presented her credentials to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. [State Department photo by William Ng/Public Domain] (click on photo to view Flickr slideshow)
U.S. Embassy United Kingdom
@MatthewBarzun Diplomacy is a balancing act, like wearing a top hat. Preparing for my #CredentialsCeremony
U.S. Embassy Brazil
October 2013: A embaixadora dos EUA no Brasil, Liliana Ayalde, apresentou hoje suas credenciais à presidente do Brasil Dilma Rousseff. via US Embassy/FB
October 2, 2013. L’Ambasciatore John R. Phillips ha presentato ieri le Lettere Credenziali al Presidente Giorgio Napolitano. Con l’accettazione formale delle Credenziali, si conclude il processo di insediamento del nuovo Ambasciatore, iniziato con la nomina da parte del Presidente Obama lo scorso luglio. (via US Embassy Rome/FB)
U.S. Embassy Denmark
Ambassador Rufus Gifford received his credentials from H.M. Queen Margrethe II (not in the photo) at a ceremony at Amalienborg. U.S. Embassy/FB Photo
U.S. Embassy South Africa
On October 16, 2013 Patrick H. Gaspard presented his credentials to President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Photo of Ambassador Gaspard and his spouse Ms. Raina Washington at the credentialing ceremony. (US Embassy Photo)
U.S. Embassy to the Holy See
Via US Embassy/The Vatican
Ambassador Ken Hackett presented his credentials to Pope Francis at the Vatican in October 2013. More photos via US Embassy Vatican/FB.
U.S. Embassy Spain
El Embajador James Costos presentó ayer sus cartas credenciales ante el Rey Don Juan Carlos. Este es el paso definitivo en su acreditación como Embajador de EEUU en España. US Embassy Madrid/FB
U.S. Embassy Australia
Ambassador John Berry formally presented his credentials to the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, who received them on behalf of the Queen – September 2013 Photo via US Embassy Canberra/FB
On June 14, President Obama announced his intent to nominate John B. Emerson to be the next Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. The WH released the following brief bio:
John B. Emerson is President of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies, a global investment management firm. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Emerson served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. From 1993 to 1994, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House. From 1987 to 1992, he was the Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney. He began his career in 1978 as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Tunney in Los Angeles. Mr. Emerson is a Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a position he has held since his appointment in 2010. He served as Chairman of the LA Mayor’s Council on the Arts from 2004 to 2005.
Mr. Emerson received an A.B. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.
OpenSecrets.org listed Mr. Emerson as one of President Obama’s bundlers who raiser over $500,000 in the 2012 campaign. According to Roll Call, Mr. Emerson was also the 2012 co-chairman of the DNC’s Southern California finance committee. The couple’s bio via PCIP says that Mr. Emerson’s wife, Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and civic leader who served in the Clinton Administration as Director of Public Liaison for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), where she was the domestic spokesperson, and traveled as the senior USIA political liaison on President Clinton’s overseas trips to the Far East, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.
If confirmed, Mr. Emerson would replace Philip D. Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee who was appointed to the US Embassy Berlin in September 2009. According to the AFSA statistics, non-career ambassadors make up 70.6% of all ambassadorial appointments to Germany since 1960