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>President Obama has selected Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to be the next U.S. ambassador to China, reflecting the president’s regard for the breadth of issues at stake between the United States and China and also the unique character ofFull Article at News Blaze

Below, is a photo of the new CDC director. Both Huntsman and Dr. Thomas Frieden are are about Obama’s age, 48, (Obama’s 47) and will make outstanding contributions to America. Neither will have problems getting approved by Congress as they have paid their taxes and have excellent of public service records .

Huntsman is a deputy assistant commerce secretary of the Trade Development Bureau from 1989 to 1990 and served as deputy commerce secretary for East Asia and the Pacific during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; U.S. ambassador to Singapore in 1992-1993; as deputy U.S. trade representative in 2001-2003 in the administration of President George W. Bush, a Ronald Regan White House aide, and the current Republican governor of Utah.

In a recent poll his Utah constituents rated him below Mitt Romney as to which of the two they would most like to become president. Romney is a conservative and represents the politics of most Utahns better than Huntsman. who is a progressive, especially in the area of gay rights and abortion where Huntsman is pro choice.

The story on Dr. Frieden is below:

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By Matthew Bigg

ATLANTA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday named a new director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tapping a health activist who pushed for expanding AIDS testing and banning smoking in restaurants.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, 48, who has been New York City’s top health official since 2002, will head the federal agency charged with protecting Americans from illnesses ranging from heart disease to new flu strains.

Under Frieden’s leadership, New York became the first city in the country to ban trans fats, which clog arteries and raise the risk of heart disease, from food in restaurants.

He will take over as director of an organization that has been central to global efforts to combat the H1N1 flu virus. The illness, also known as swine flu, has killed 65 people, most in Mexico and infected nearly 6,500 people in 33 nations.

“Frieden is an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies, and has been at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS,” the White House said in a statement.

“Frieden has been a leader in the fight for health care reform, and his experiences confronting public health challenges in our country and abroad will be essential in this new role,” it said.

In New York he spearheaded the country’s biggest community-based electronic health record project in an effort to improve preventive care.

Frieden also worked in India for five years on tuberculosis control and has experience as an epidemiologist, administrator, teacher, researcher, clinician and community organizer.

Frieden, who will start his job in June, told a news conference he was “deeply honored” by the appointment.


The new CDC director brings “real world experience fighting AIDS” to the agency, according to The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest HIV/AIDS organization in the country.

Frieden has pressed for expanding routine testing for AIDS as a first step to controlling a virus that is spreading in the United States among minorities, gay and bisexual men and many women.

Jeff Levi of the Trust for America’s Health, an advocacy and study group often critical of U.S. health policy, described Frieden as a bold leader who could reinvigorate the CDC.

But he argued that the agency’s director is often a passive diplomat with fewer powers of direct persuasion than a state or city health officer and that the organization must wait to be invited by state authorities or governments to intervene.

In evidence of divided reaction to some of Frieden’s decisions in New York, the Center for Consumer Freedom, a coalition supported by restaurants, food companies and consumers, called Frieden an “over-zealous activist”. Continued…


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