By Karen Shishiptorova, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The last vestige of the Bush era in Brazil clung on for four solid months of Obama's presidency. Clifford M. Sobel, nominated by President Bush on May 23, 2006, continued his ambassadorship to the country until May 27, when Obama announced his pick for the post.

Thomas A. Shannon has been put forward, and now awaits U.S. Senate confirmation later this summer. Unlike other nominees, which have been criticized for fitting into the scorned category of fund raisers with no political experience, Shannon has a solid diplomatic resume under his . . .

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