Obama nominee died after waiting two years for confirmation
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An Obama nominee for an ambassadorship died after waiting more than two years for her confirmation.

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Cassandra Butts, a friend of President Obama's since law school, died on May 26 at the age of 50 — 835 days after he nominated her to be the ambassador to the Bahamas.

“All Cassandra wanted to do was serve her country,” Valerie Jarrett, an aide to Obama, told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

“Looking back, it is devastating to think that through no fault of her own, she spent the last 835 days of her life waiting for confirmation.”

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Cotton later relented on the hold with the two other nominees. But Bruni said Butts told him that Cotton was purposely holding up her confirmation process in order to anger the president.

The Bahamas have been without an ambassador from the U.S. for 1,647 days.

This story was updated at 4:47 p.m.