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Jon Huntsman Learns the Pain of Not Registering His Eponymous Domain

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Resigning Ambassador to China and possible Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman doesn't own, and he gets a reminder of why that's not the best idea. Up live on the site is a handwritten mash note to Obama on his appointment as ambassador.

Dear Mr. President,

I am most grateful for the graciousness and kindness you have shown me and my family - particularly your confidence in my ability to represent you in China. Mary Kaye and I will begin our journey tomorrow - leaving behind a state we love - but also anticipating an extraordinary experience in Beijing. You are a remarkable leader - and it has been a great honor getting to know you.


Huntsman's role as wingman to Obama in Beijing is clearly something that opponents are going to use against him, but you have to wonder how persuasive a note like this is. One the one hand, what was Huntsman going to write, "Thanks for the China gig, you big jerk"? On the other hand, there's the underlining of "remarkable." That, perhaps, is a little much.