Sam Kaplan, the New US Ambassador to Morocco to be Appointed Shortly

Sam Kaplan, in the Footsteps of former US Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Riley

For Mr. Kaplan, the only unfortunate part of being assigned to what some refer to as "the goldmine" of US posts, is the fact that he has to follow in the footsteps of the former US Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Riley. -- Read More

Minneapolis attorney Sam Kaplan, a prominent

Democratic fundraiser, is likely to become the U.S. ambassador to Morocco, according to  Democratic sources . Sam Kaplan, a top fundraiser for President Obama's 2008 campaign finance committee, is now  being vetted  and is expected to be named to the ambassadorial post soon.
In addition to president Obama, Sam Kaplan has donated to several democratic candidates , including  congressman Keith Ellison, soon to be senator Al Franken, as well to  the Democratic national committee.

Kaplan would serve both U.S. and Morocco well in new role

Sam Kaplan is surely to be congratulated if he becomes the U.S. ambassador to Morocco, a significant post in a country with which the United States has long had warm relations. Indeed, the first treaty our country ever negotiated was with Morocco in about 1789 -- Read More


Another prominent Minnesotan in Washington is Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress who has traveled in the region to promote peace, since being elected to Congress in 2006. Sam Kaplan would be one of a small number of Jewish ambassadors who have been sent to the region. Mr. Kaplan, 72, would follow in the footsteps of another famous Minnesotan, former Vice President Walter Mondale, who was President Bill Clinton's ambassador to Japan.
Mr. Kaplan's appointment would be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. His name has been circulated recently because government officials have reportedly been interviewing friends and associates in Minnesota.
Mr. Kaplan was Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1936. He went to college at the University of Minnesota, B.B.A., graduated in, 1957. He attended law school at University of Minnesota, J.D., magna cum laude, 1960



Comments (9)  

0 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Sam Kaplan, the New US Ambassador to Morocco to be Appointed ShortlyHmimarmad 2009-05-28 12:30
Unfortunately ambassadors are useless when it comes to the Sahara Issue and they always embrace our cause only when they leave office. The last ambassador was almost sympathizing with Algeria.
kalid  moussaoui
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Sam Kaplan, the New US Ambassador to Morocco to be Appointed Shortlykalid moussaoui 2009-05-28 13:19
I am recapping from this article that Sam Kaplan:
- Is a staunch Democrat
- Big fund raiser for the party
- Of Jewish faith
- He is from Minnesota.
Hopefully this ambassadorship will help draw more investment from the Midwest to Morocco and keep the Congress sympathetic to Morocco on foreign matters.

0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Sam Kaplan, the New US Ambassador to Morocco to be Appointed ShortlyASH-LAH 2009-05-28 18:52
As a middle income Moroccan American contributor and supporter of the Obama campaign, I was under the impression that Obama's fund raising was based on grassroots and small contributors. I contributed 500$ and that is 15% of my monthly salary; not only that, I was also actively talking to every person amenable to listen about the advantage of having Mr. Obama as a U.S president,

When I carried out this duty anonymously , I did it as an American first, not as a Moroccan, not as a Muslim and never had any political agenda. I did it because I thought about the United State's best interest and I was convinced that Obama is the type of person who will put the U.S best Interest as his top priority; not Kenya's !Not Morocco! Not France! Not Israel!...
Mr RUDY BOSCHWITZ who was a former U.S Senator,( R-MINN., 1978-910) endorsed Mr Kaplan based on his Jewshiness, and the special relationship with Israel as a qualifying factor to be the U.S ambassador to Morocco. I am not against Mr. Kaplan's nomination nor am I questioning the qualification of Mr. Kaplan. I am however in favour of holding Mr, Obama accountable to his promise to do away with the old politics of Washington.
As an American of Moroccan heritage, I want to know about Mr Kaplan's qualifying factors other than being Jew or Fund raiser.
Mr., Kaplan is a prominent DFL fund raiser and that is totally normal in a Democratic system. However, It is important to keep in mind that he will have a big task ahead of him; and that is to show that his decisions and policies are not tented by his special relationships and politics. Remember, US Interest first and foremost/

I will assure you that if I and others do not see an Objective standard by Mr Kaplan and Obama in their dealing with Morocco, and as an independent electorate, my next penny and support will go to the republican party.
I would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the new administration' s Historic nomination of Mrs Sotomayor for the U.S supreme court and hope that she gets appointed.
0 #4 Not againGermelou 2009-05-29 04:30
Dude! Another fund raising socialite with a huge attitude and a monumental ego as an ambassador again. As if the 6-7 years Morocco underwent with the previous one was not enough. News to Hillary and Co: Morocco is many more things than just a tourist destination. When is Morocco going to get a professional hard working diplomat?
abdessamad attifsamadix
0 #5 Select appropriateabdessamad attifsamadix 2009-06-02 22:57
If you become an ambassador in Morocco, Mr. Kplan panther is important and appropriate manner the great and excellent between the two countries, Morocco and the United States
Congratulations in advance
LAMIRI Mustapha
0 #6 WelcomeLAMIRI Mustapha 2009-06-03 01:50
Je présente toutes mes sincères félicitations à son Excellence Monsieur Sam KAPLAN, futur ambassadeur des États-Unis au Maroc.

Welcome à votre deuxième pays
Cindy Johnson
0 #7 Agricultural SpecialistCindy Johnson 2009-06-03 14:25
For Mr. Kaplan, the only unfortunate part of being assigned to what some refer to as "the goldmine" of US posts, is the fact that he has to follow in the footsteps of the former US Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Riley.

Through interviews and news shows as well as personal accounts from countless Americans (living in Morocco) and Moroccans alike, Mr. Riley was more than just an ambassador - he was a motivator, a supporter and a friend to everyone who knew him while he lived in Morocco for over 5 years.

I travelled to Morocco quite often for my job in the food industry and had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Riley on several occasions. His passion for Moroccan culture, tradition and values superceded any kind of personal/profes sional agenda - he was there because he wanted to be there for the country.

I cannot even begin to describe the impact that he made over those five years...the countless trips he made with his wife Nancy all over the country, donating their time and support to organizations like Operation Smile, The Hassan II Foundation for Handicapped. He has visited and spent time with children from orphanages across the country, he has helped build schools, has donated truckloads of American clothing and soccer uniforms to villagers and even flew in apple orchard specialists from the states to help a tiny village understand and profit from their produce.

I have spoken to many Moroccans who say their entire image of America has changed (for the better) because of Mr. Riley. His involvement, devotion, and love for the country have proved him to be not just another "fund-raising socialite" as 'Germelou' had so falsely accused; rather, they have proved him to be not only the longest standing US Ambassador to Morocco, but also the one that the country will never forget.

On that note, good luck, Mr. Kaplan. You have some pretty large shoes to fill!
0 #8 hhmmmmGermelou 2009-06-08 10:03
Some of the derari in this discussion have an eye on a visa oulla shi grima men aaned lmirikane. Kaplan, welcome but please do leave your ego in StPaul and use your fund raising skills to gather up decent money for street kids and kids with terminal diseases as soon as you get there.
0 #9 whateverGad 2013-03-19 17:59
Why don't Kaplan gives Moroccans visas whats the problem?
U.S receive Millions of asians and hispanics every single year what up with that and why they have to pay your embassy 150$ for a stupid application i hope paper is not that expansive in morocco.
150$ that someone's salary in Morocco and you ask them to pay that for 5 minutes interview then you dismiss peoples without a visa what a shame.

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