Saturday, July 06, 2013

I Know a Boat You Can Get On, or the Rime of the Well-Coiffed Mariner

The State is mighty, but the Secretary of State? Maybe not so much. He's quite the mariner, though:
As regime change was unfolding in Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spent time on his boat Wednesday afternoon in Nantucket Sound, the State Department acknowledged to CBS News on Friday, after repeatedly denying that Kerry was aboard any boat.

"While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the President's meeting with his national security council," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, naming a series of Egyptian and international officials Kerry had spoken with on Wednesday.
It was a transparently stupid thing to do:
A "CBS This Morning" producer spotted Kerry on his boat Wednesday afternoon on Nantucket, where Kerry has a vacation home. When "CBS This Morning" senior producer Mosheh Oinounou tweeted about the sighting, Psaki issued a denial, calling the tweet "completely inaccurate" and said Kerry has been "working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt."

Also on Wednesday afternoon, the White House released a photo of the president and his national security team meeting in the situation Room. Kerry was not present in the photo, but his office said he did participate in the meeting via a secure phone line.
Sail on, Sailor
He wasn't in the Situation Room because he was on his yacht, as the CBS News producer who took the picture was able to demonstrate. Here's the picture of Kerry, resplendent in some butt ugly floral print shorts, aboard his sturdy vessel:

This isn't complicated, really. No one expects Kerry, or any other government official, to be on duty 24/7. In most cases it's preferable if they aren't on duty, especially a guy like Kerry. And I'm perfectly willing to believe that Kerry was participating in the meetings via phone while he was tooling around on his yacht. I'm prepared to imagine that Kerry is capable of multitasking. And if the issue is perception, that's just silly:  Kerry almost won the presidency in 2004 and by now everyone knows that Kerry has a crapload of money. The idea that he might be on his yacht wouldn't be particularly surprising or even controversial. I don't begrudge him enjoying the benefits of his wife's inheritance; it's nice work if you can get it. Just don't lie about it. Or at least look at the Twitter feed closely enough to see if there are pictures attached.

And in any event, Kerry's looked far worse.


R.A. Crankbait said...

Maybe he was on his boat and simply forgot. It may simply of been one of those boating experiences not seared into his memory.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Oh, and nice musical reference. Wasn't it from "West Wing Story"?

Bike Bubba said...

The question I have is whether he paid Massachusetts taxes on it yet. :^)

Mr. D said...

Oh, and nice musical reference. Wasn't it from "West Wing Story"?

"Foggy Bottom Breakdown."

Quinn said...