According to Webster's Dictionary of the American Language, one definition of the word "patronage" is "the power to appoint to office or grant other favors, esp. political ones."
Quid pro quo is defined as "something for something; one thing in return for another."
Why, then, should anyone be surprised that the Most Powerful Politician in the World, a product of Chicago sleaze with the media in his pocket, has made the following appointments?
Susan Rice, former UN Ambassatrix and current National Security
Adviser--wife of ABC News producer Ian Cameron.
Ben Rhodes, Deputy
National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications--brother of CBS News President David Rhodes.
Jay Carney, former White House Press Secretary--husband of ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman
Katie Hogan, Obama 2012 reelection campaign Deputy Press Secretary-- wife of ABC News reporter Matthew Jaffe.
Elizabeth Sherwood, White House Special Adviser--sister of ABC News President Ben Sherwood.