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Special Envoy - AmericasGrade
AP-15
The Promise: "In the past, American presidents have filled the position of special envoy to bring senior-level attention to hemispheric matters...the position was eliminated...in June of 2004. As president Barack Obama will reinstate the position."
When/Where: Obama Plan: "Renewing U.S. Leadership in the Americas" dated 06/06/08.
Source: http://obama.3cdn.net/85c9392c81570937d6_lqomvygpq.pdf
Status:Early in President Obama's first term in office, there was some lip service to the effect he and SecState Clinton were considering filling this position, which could easily have gone to a retired or retiring, well-known Senate or House Democrat. This didn't happen.

Former President Clinton was appointed Special Envoy to Haiti -- by the United Nations. That doesn't count.

On 02/20/15, President Obama appointed Bernard W. Aronson, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs until CY1993, as a special envoy to the peace process between the Colombian government and the guerilla warfare Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- in Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), in order to facilitate negotiations. It's interesting that FARC, with which Mr. Aronson is negotiating, is listed as a terrorist organization by the Department of State.

By the end of President Obama's second term in office, no Special Envoy for the Americas had been nominated/appointed.

This promise was not fulfilled.
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