Obama Orders Clean Slate as He Takes Up Office; New Broom: Obama and Robert Tuttle

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IN A departure from tradition, incoming US President Barack Obama has let it be known that his ambassadors around the world are formally out of work once he is inaugurated today.

He has, I discover, made an exception in the case of his London representative Robert Holmes Tuttle who has been given a special dispensation to stay in office until next Monday 26 January, six days after he should have packed his pyjamas and vacated the residence at Winfield House. The Georgian style mansion in Regent's Park which has been the US ambassador's residence since the Second World War.

The Embassy itself in Grosvenor Square is to be relocated to Nine Elms.

Says US-born Sir Robert Worcester, who sold his MORI polling business two years ago for [pounds sterling]50 million: "Obama has made it clear that, unlike past incoming administrations, he wants all of George Bush's Ambassadors out around the world to coincide with his inauguration so he can start with a clean slate. …