President Barack Obama may be considering Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as a candidate for the next US ambassador to the UK or France, according to Bloomberg, which cited two people familiar with the issue.
Bloomberg noted that the British-born Wintour might have some competition for the London post from Matthew Barzon, the Obama presidential campaign's finance chairman, according to the anonymous sources.
Both Wintour and Barzun were among the biggest fundraisers for Obama's campaign, according to Bloomberg, with each raising more than $500,000 to help re-elect Obama.
The Daily Beast noted that speculation about Wintour's political aspirations has been rife since the previous election cycle in 2008, but were re-ignited by her generous campaign contributions this year. In an article in September, the website wrote:
"The gossip has been fueled by her growing collection of political thank-yous: multiple invitations to state dinners and a seat on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. And there is the coincidence of timing. A posting in London or Paris—a position typically filled by a political intimate rather than a career diplomat—could be a fine next chapter for Wintour after 25 years at the top of the fashion world."
In June, The New York Times reported a close friend of Wintour saying, "She has absolutely no interest in an ambassadorship." The anonymous friend added, "None. I can say that definitively."
However, as New York Magazine noted, in the political realm, a third-party insistence that Wintour is "very happy with her current job" is very nearly code for "I'm waiting for a call from the president."
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