Max Baucus Still Standing in Local Starbucks, Waiting for Someone to Notice

Friday, March 21, 2014
Max Baucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to several eyewitnesses, incoming U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus was, as of this morning, still standing in line at a local Starbucks, waiting for someone to take a picture of him and upload it to the Chinese Internet.

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Jimmy Kimmel to Replace Gary Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Jimmy Kimmel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Barack Obama announced Friday that, after careful deliberation, he has decided to nominate comedian Jimmy Kimmel to replace the outgoing Gary Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China.

Speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Kimmel’s “nuanced understanding of China-related issues,” and his “ironic and edgy sense of humor, which will prove popular with the Chinese.”

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Top 10 Moments of Gary Locke’s Tenure

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Gary Locke

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke announced last week that he would step down in early 2014, after two and a half years in office. Here are the top 10 moments of his tenure.

  • Aug 2011 — Impresses Chinese public by personally screaming at Starbucks barista.
  • Sep 2011 — Maintains post after Jon Huntsman calls “backsies” on the ambassadorship.
  • Dec 2011 — The Locke family stages production of A Christmas Carol for an audience of Chinese orphans.

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