The new US Ambassador

October 31st, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A former professional baseball player and financial high flier has been nominated ambassador to New Zealand by President Barack Obama.

, 57, is a director at Barclays Wealth, formerly Lehman Brothers, in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

The nomination was announced by the White House today.

If Gilbert is confirmed by the US Senate he would replace , an Obama nominee in the president’s first term.

“I have spoken with Mr. Gilbert on a several occasions, and I look forward to tracking his confirmation process,” Huebner wrote on his blog. “If confirmed, he would be joined in Wellington by this wife, Nancy. The couple has two adult daughters, Danielle and Elizabeth.”

Previously, Gilbert was the senior vice president of Goldman Sachs in Miami.

It will probably take a while for him to be confirmed. The current Ambassador has been an excellent public face for the United States in New Zealand, and also a prolific social media aficionado. Hopefully the new Ambassador will be as open and friendly as his predecessor.

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12 Responses to “The new US Ambassador”

  1. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Is he also a left hitter as his predecessor? :D

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  2. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    The US Ambassador has the highest profile of any Ambassador in NZ and easily the most important. Many have represented their country very well and make an excellent impression of the United States. The current Ambassador has been a successful choice who has engaged with a broader community the previous Ambassadors. He has strengthened the relationship and will be seen as a success.

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  3. kowtow (7,945 comments) says:

    Yet another example of the political cronyism that Washington has become.

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  4. Neil (572 comments) says:

    What skills has this man got ? The ability to raise millions for incompetent Obama. Republican ambassadors are much the same. Paul Cleveland was the best during the GHW Bush years.
    Getting round groups in Wellington,Auckland or Christchurch is not an indicator of success.
    Has the current ambassador been to Thames,Hawera,Rangiora or Balclutha ? I wouldn’t think so.
    Remember, there is a NZ outside large urban centres.

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  5. Scott Chris (5,974 comments) says:

    His association with Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs will certainly get the conspiracy theorists’ tongues wagging.

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  6. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    We’re getting a gay one in Canberra.

    And it aint even a hot leso.

    Barry’s fucken useless at diplomacy.

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  7. wf (400 comments) says:

    Scott Chris (5,252) Says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 7:54 am
    His association with Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs will certainly get the conspiracy theorists’ tongues wagging.

    You beat me to it.

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  8. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Is he a former ‘Professional Baseball Player’ just like Obama was ‘O-Bomber the College Basketball Superstar’??
    (Though strangely nobody can remember this nickname and his actual coach says he wasn’t very good)

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  9. kowtow (7,945 comments) says:

    Yep there’s no conspiracies in Washington…….not to spy on your closest friends and allies ,not to cover up ambassadors’ murders,not to murder American citizens abroad,

    basically not to follow the rule of law…….

    no conspiracies,all good……oh yeah and has he closed Guantanamo yet?That’s a constant promise from the liar in Chief.

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  10. 3-coil (1,204 comments) says:

    David Huebner will leave big boots for Mr Gilbert to fill.

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  11. bc (1,353 comments) says:

    Ye gods, some people talk crap in here (and why am I still surprised at this?)
    Anyway, I have had the pleasure of chatting with David Huebner in a (slightly) informal gathering.
    He was instantly engaging and seemed genuinely interested in what others had to say. Now I suppose that’s what an ambassador does, but he struck me as down to earth for someone with such a high position. His partner was just also just as engaging.

    And Neil this was in a small town, not an urban centre. David Huebner grew up in a small town and he spoke about how he enjoys visiting small towns in New Zealand. Again, no doubt he was working the audience to a certain extent, but he seemed very sincere to me.

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Is he related to Silent T, this roosters MLB career was 6 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and for the White Sox

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