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President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next US ambassador to arguably the most important country in the world Locke's grandfather, who left China to work in Washington state as a servant paid in English lessons, would be proud, but then (more).

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Fourth time's the charm? Barack Obama's two official picks to serve as commerce secretary both had to drop out. Another candidate withdrew her name before it was ever announced. Now the president is reported to have offered the job to former Washington Gov. Gary Locke. So who is he?

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