posted on Jul, 24 2008 @ 12:06 PM
Until today, I did not know. Some of you may have. I could not find a reference to him here at ATS, which I find strange since he has been one of
the most influential people diplomatically in the United States during the Bush presidency.
So who is Donald Burnham Ensenat?
From June 6, 2001 to Febuary 2007, he was Chief of Protocol of the United
The Chief of Protocol is an officer of the United States Department of State responsible for advising the President of the United States, the Vice
President, and the Secretary of State on matters of national and international diplomatic protocol. The Chief arranges itineraries for foreign
dignitaries visiting the United States and accompanies the President on all official international travel. Additionally, the Office of the Chief of
Protocol is responsible for accrediting foreign diplomats and publishing the list of foreign consular offices in the United States, organizing
ceremonies for treaty signings, conducting ambassadorial swearing-in and State Arrival Ceremonies, and maintaining Blair House, the official guest
house for state visitors.
The 'Protocol' that Mr. Ensenat was in charge of for almost 6 years in the Bush Whitehouse, was diplomatic protocol.
In international politics, protocol is the etiquette of diplomacy and affairs of state.
A protocol is a rule which guides how an activity should be performed, especially in the field of diplomacy. In diplomatic services and governmental
fields of endeavor protocols are often unwritten guidelines. Protocols specify the proper and generally-accepted behavior in matters of state and
diplomacy, such as showing appropriate respect to a head of state, ranking diplomats in chronological order of their accreditation at court, and so
Put another way:
Protocol is commonly described as a set of international courtesy rules. These well-established and time-honored rules have made it easier for nations
and people to live and work together. Part of protocol has always been the acknowledgment of the hierarchical standing of all present. Protocol rules
are based on the principles of civility.
—Dr. P.M. Forni on behalf of the International Association of Protocol Consultants.
One might find it odd that I created a thread asking who Mr. Ensenat is, and yet my first two references are from wikipedia. Why not just look up
his wikipedia page
Well I did... in its entirety:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Donald B. Ensenat (born February 4, 1946), a United States diplomat. Retired in 2007 from a position as United States Chief of Protocol at the
Department of State.
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Ensenat is a native of Louisiana.
Ensenat is a graduate of the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and Yale University. At the latter institution, he was a roommate of George W. Bush
at Yale College.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Ensenat served as a US military reservist. .
Ensenat is a lawyer, and formerly served as US Ambassador to Brunei.
Seems to be a bit lacking in information if you ask me. But perhaps I am not alone in 'not knowing' who this man is. Maybe there is no information
to be found on the former Ambassador and Chief of Protocol.
But someone knows something...
Ambassador Donald Burnham Ensenat was sworn in as Chief of Protocol on June 6, 2001.
Ambassador Ensenat was born and raised in New Orleans. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1968 and his law degree from
Tulane University in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
In addition to an active international and maritime law practice in New Orleans since 1974, he has served in the U.S. Government on five previous
tours. He was Legislative Assistant to Congressman Hale Boggs, the Majority Whip -- later Majority Leader -- of the U.S. House of Representatives
(1969-70); first Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Lindy Boggs after election to her husband’s seat following his untimely death in an Alaska
air crash (1973-74); and Assistant Attorney General of Louisiana in charge of federal court and Louisiana Supreme Court litigation (1975-80). In 1989,
President George Bush appointed him, with Senate confirmation, to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on
which he served until 1992; from 1992 to 1993 he was U.S. Ambassador to Brunei, the wealthy sultanate in South East Asia that is a small but
influential member of the South East Asian political grouping ASEAN, and of APEC, the economic forum of the Pacific Rim nations.
Mr. Ensenat also has been active in his community. He is a past President and a past Chairman of the 2,200-member World Trade Center of New Orleans,
the original of now over 300 World Trade Centers around the world. He has served on its Board of Directors since 1985 and on its Executive Committee
since 1991. Other civic activities include the Council of American Ambassadors; the Asia Society; the Yale Alumni Association of Louisiana (President,
1985–1987; Chair, Yale Admissions Committee, 1988-2001). He has also served as an officer or board member of multiple professional, charitable, and
political organizations, including in 2000 as Chair of President George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign in Louisiana.
Also from that same page, which vaguely resembles a news story...
Donald Ensenat, who recently left the job as U.S. chief of protocol, likes to tell people that the position dates to ancient Greece.
The term "proto" meant first and "collon" meant glued, a reference to the written summaries Greek diplomats attached to the outside of their
dispatches. In six years in the job, Ensenat gave the old term a new twist: More than any other protocol chief in memory, Ensenat was glued to the
caption: Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Donald Ensenat,
Phi '68, introduces the Ambassador of the Kingdom
of Tonga and her daughter to his pledge brother
and U.S. President George Bush, Phi '68, in the
Oval Office during a credentialing ceremony
at the White House.
I am going to further investigate this man, and how his appointment due to connections as college buddy to our President, may have been one of the
gravest diplomatic policies in the history of the United States.
Please help in unearthing more information.