As do all U.S. Presidents, of course. But, like many abuses of power that he engages in, Obama has been doing it much more than his predecessors.
From the Guardian:
Barack Obama has rewarded some of his most active campaign donors with plum jobs in foreign embassies, with the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees soaring to $1.8m per post, according to a Guardian analysis.
In any other country this would be referred to as corruption, but in the U.S. it’s democracy in action. At least that’s what democrats will claim until there’s a republican in the White House at which time it will once again be denounced as a sleazy practice.
The brazen handing out of political favors in exchange for campaign dollars carries no stigma in the American psyche and, to American party loyalists, any behavior of politicians of their own party is excusable simply by pointing out that the other party does the same thing. With voters being so willing to keep reelecting politicians who are so single-mindedly self serving, it should come as no surprise when those voters ultimately get exactly what they deserve. It is, however, unfortunate that the rest of us will also reap what they sowed.