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Busted: Secretary of State John Kerry Was Boating While Egypt Fell Apart
Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 07/05/2013 1:42:53 PM PDT by Kaslin

Good news everyone. While Egypt (the country we just sent F16s to) was experiencing a coup this week, Secretary of State John Kerry was boating in Nantucket. Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald:

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First, State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki (who also worked as a spokesman for the Obama campaign) denied Kerry was in Nantucket despite multiple reports, sitings and a Kerry motorcade traffic jam.

Kerry spokesperson Jen Psaki denied the report.

“Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 am, Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt,” Psaki said in a statement.

Kerry was absent from a White House photo showing President Obama meeting with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt, but Psaki said he had dialed in on a secure phone line for that meeting.

“He participated in the White House meeting with the President by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo.”

Earlier a State Department spokesperson said she could not comment on Kerry’s whereabouts on Wednesday, but said Kerry is kept in the loop on all the latest developments.

“The secretary’s department is in touch with officials regarding the developments in Egypt at all levels at all times,” State Department Press Secretary Beth Gosselin said in a statement.

Secretary of State John Kerry's motorcade gets stuck in #Nantucket rotary traffic. #awkwardhttps://t.co/ZEOlDHo39Y — Jason Graziadei (@JasonGraziadei) July 3, 2013


State Dept's @jrpsaki says re CBS tweet on @JohnKerry: "Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate." — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 4, 2013


Then, Psaki admitted Kerry was on his boat "briefly" after saying reports of Kerry being in Nantucket were completely false. 

State Dept spox @jrpsaki corrects previous statement: Secretary of State @JohnKerry "was briefly on his boat on Wednesday" cc: @Mosheh — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 5, 2013


And yes Secretary Kerry, this looks pretty bad.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry — who spent the Fourth of July on sun-splashed Nantucket even as the chaos from a military takeover rocked Egypt — drew fire from Republican critics who said it’s a bad time for the nation’s top diplomat to be seen cavorting on an island getaway.

“It doesn’t look good, and I think it sends the wrong message” said Republican strategist Brad Marston. “If I were advising him, I’d already have him on a plane.”

As first reported on bostonherald.com, Kerry, who owns a house and a yacht on the ritzy retreat, was seen yesterday strolling down Federal Street away from July Fourth festivities on Main Street in jeans and a light-colored polo shirt.

Later in the afternoon, Kerry was seen offloading bags from a single-person kayak to a boat in Nantucket Sound after launching from the beach behind his home at 5 Hulbert Ave.

Republicans pounced on the image of the vacationing secretary of state and sought to use it as a symbol of what they deem a big Obama administration failing — the inability to convey a clear message on foreign policy on hotspots like Syria, Turkey and Egypt.

“I would think the secretary of state would interrupt his vacation and at least send a very clear signal — even by flying back to Washington for a day or two — that on our Independence Day we are very concerned about the freedom and democracy that we hope is instilled for some period of time in the Arab World,” said Patrick Griffin, a New Hampshire-based GOP strategist.
Then of course, Psaki tried to run cover by reassuring everyone Kerry was hard at work solving the world's problems...from his kayak of course.

Kerry’s staff yesterday insisted he’s fully engaged and has been logging long hours and high miles, including a recent 12-day, 25,000-mile trip to the Middle East and Asia.

Yesterday he dialed into a meeting with President Obama and members of his national security team in the Situation Room, according to the State Department. Kerry also called foreign dignitaries from Egypt, Israel, Norway, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

“Secretary Kerry has been working tirelessly around the clock since he returned from his 10-day trip and there has not been a moment where he has not been focused on doing everything possible to communicate with his team in Washington and in Egypt, within the administration and with his counterparts around the world,” Kerry spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the Herald last night.
As a reminder, the violence in Egypt was expected to be so bad, the State Department pulled all U.S. diplomats. But hey, Kerry had some tanning to do, okay?

The State Department has ordered all nonessential U.S. diplomats and the families of all American Embassy personnel to leave Egypt in anticipation of potential violence.
And in case you're wondering, things in Egypt are just getting worse.

Egyptian troops reportedly opened fire Friday on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi outside the Republican Guard headquarters, where he was believed held, but there were conflicting reports on casualties.

The Associated Press, which had a photographer at the scene, said at least one protester was killed.

Citing security sources, Reuters reported security forces fatally shot three demonstrators.


TOPICS: Editorial; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; israel; johnkerry; kerry; lurch; massachusetts; nuntucket; rhodeisland; russia; secretaryofstate; secstate; waronterror; yacht

1 posted on 07/05/2013 1:42:53 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Do I detect a pattern here...Osama Obama was on his way to a Vegas fundraiser as our Ambassador to Libya was being tortured,murdered and humiliated on the anniversary of 9/11...and now this about John Friggin Kerry.
2 posted on 07/05/2013 1:45:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Kaslin
Pictures confirm our SOS is a major league dork. Launching a kayak from a $million yacht.

Pray for America to Wake UP

3 posted on 07/05/2013 1:47:56 PM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: Kaslin

A horse-faced old man in Nantucket
One day said, “Work? Oh I’ll .....
He got in his
And started to float,
Then heard Morsi was kicking the bucket.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 1:49:24 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Kaslin

When will this Psaki person resign? How stupid can you get - lying to the public when the press has photos...


5 posted on 07/05/2013 1:50:13 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Kaslin

I guess we know what the 400 tanks and fighter jets were for.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 1:50:14 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: tumblindice

LOL!


7 posted on 07/05/2013 1:51:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Kaslin

All he does is transfer taxpayer money to murderers
like Morsi.

Can’t he do that from his RI yacht????
(in taxfree waters far from his Mass. home?)


8 posted on 07/05/2013 1:51:50 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: bray

America has woken up and it’s time to do something about this abuse of power. Kick the bums out.


9 posted on 07/05/2013 1:51:50 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: tumblindice

I’m no good at limericks, and you are, could you make one involving Skerry and sharks?


10 posted on 07/05/2013 1:52:24 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

Even worse is denying and lying and getting caught


11 posted on 07/05/2013 1:53:34 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Well see, that’s the left for you-they don’t care if they get caught in lies, they only care if they escape the consequences. Which they always do, in this immoral and unethical administration. It’s “transparent”, alright-transparently mendacious. What do they need to care, since they always get away with it?


12 posted on 07/05/2013 1:54:43 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

A billionaire with a reusable grocery bag holding his secure laptop and phone etc. What a super dork.

Were his security floating around in kayaks too or were they in power boats? No wonder he lied.


13 posted on 07/05/2013 1:55:30 PM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: Kaslin

I have a visceral hatred of this guy for defaming and slandering his brother veterans for cynical self-promoting reasons. I hate him even more because it worked. And even more because he achieved the fame and high office he cynically sought, and then used it for his own enrichment and celebrity.


14 posted on 07/05/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: VeniVidiVici

He isn’t as good at this as Hillary!

And of course zero does’t have to try since that’s the job of our current journalists.


15 posted on 07/05/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Kaslin

But the “news” media only want to talk about how W just sat there in the kiddies classroom while planes flew into the towers.


16 posted on 07/05/2013 2:00:29 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Kaslin

At this point in time, what difference does it make? /s;)


17 posted on 07/05/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Tax-chick
Yes, I agree with the "LOL."

But seriously, neither Secretary Kerry nor anyone else in the ObamaAdministration is capable of telling the truth.

Still, isn't it better that Kerry and his boss man be out of touch than in positions to screw things up more than they already have?

18 posted on 07/05/2013 2:01:11 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: Kaslin

John Derry boating...or swiftboating?


19 posted on 07/05/2013 2:02:42 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Ahm...that’s Kerry


20 posted on 07/05/2013 2:03:16 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: DanMiller

I agree that you can’t believe anything anyone in the Zero Administration says.

And also, what could Kerry have done if he were 100% on the job? The Egyptians don’t care what he says, and the administration was never going to put themselves on the line for Morsi. Maybe if he’d legalized homosexual marriage in Egypt, he’d have been worth saving ...


21 posted on 07/05/2013 2:03:34 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Kaslin

On the way home from a fireworks show last night I heard Michael Savage saying our current horrible state of affairs can be traced back to VietNam. He says that war gave rise to most who are in power today in our schools and politics. The anti-American mindset and radicals are now in charge.

So here is Kerry proving Savage’s point.

My thought is that their motives have changed quite a bit - now it’s money and power - nothing that can be construed as noble.


22 posted on 07/05/2013 2:05:15 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Kaslin

Impeachment File on Benghazi Coward “B. Hussein Obama,” formerly known as Barry Soetoro, a Legal Citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


23 posted on 07/05/2013 2:07:40 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

Given the fact that the chaos in Egypt began with the Billy/Bernadine “Days of Rage” visit a year before the overthrow of Mubarak, then moved on to the Hillary/Huma-engineered “election” of the Muslim Brotherhood a few years later, Kerry probably figures the collapse of Egypt this week really isn’t much his business. He could be on to something, too.

Happy Ramadan.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 2:10:18 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Kaslin

Every Job I ever had, it took at least a year to get a weeks vacation. These idiots are on vacation the whole time they are in office.

The resident in the white hut has already had 20 years of vacation time and spent 200 years of vacation money. Kerry hasn’t been in his position long enough to warrant a coffee break.

Now the rats will tell me how they understand the plight of the common man.


25 posted on 07/05/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT by bobo1 (the KDE plasma desktop is awesome!)
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To: Aria
...our current horrible state of affairs can be traced back to VietNam

...or to 1913 (Fed Reserve Act, 16th & 17th Amendments).

26 posted on 07/05/2013 2:11:55 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: clintonh8r

But compared to his boss he’s a saint.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 2:12:03 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

"I say - where IS that blasted phone? Did I leave it on my desk at Foggy Bottom? Darn!"


28 posted on 07/05/2013 2:13:28 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Kaslin

It depends what the meaning of “on” is.


29 posted on 07/05/2013 2:15:14 PM PDT by wny
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To: Kaslin
"U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry — who spent the Fourth of July on sun-splashed Nantucket..." - where else....by the way were was 'sweet lips' his clinging vine.....??

Kerry, who served in Vietnam and lied to congress plays at being Secretary of State giving and going to Embassy parties around the world, even Nantucket......

30 posted on 07/05/2013 2:16:35 PM PDT by yoe
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To: Kaslin

Secretary of State John French Kerry bravely searched for his Top Secret State Department phone along the Nantucket shops and restaurants. He reportedly checked out [interrogated the management of] Nantucket Ice Cream, Murray's Toggery Shop, and Ventuno's Ristorante before calling it a day.


31 posted on 07/05/2013 2:30:12 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: tumblindice

A Secretary of State named John Kerry
would rather eat, drink, and be merry
whenever he learns
that the middle east burns
He jumps on the Nantucket ferry


32 posted on 07/05/2013 2:41:09 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: Kaslin

BT9Trace


33 posted on 07/05/2013 2:49:29 PM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Kaslin

Not to worry..... I saw a picture of Captain Obama in the situation room. Everything is under control.


34 posted on 07/05/2013 2:52:21 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: COBOL2Java
The caption on your photo makes me envision Kerry as Thurston Howell III..

That's it! He was on a 3-hour tour!

35 posted on 07/05/2013 2:58:42 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: tumblindice

There once was a pol named John Kerry
Rich widows twice he did marry
A gigolo forever —
Leave government — NEVER!
He’s a toady for that POS Barry!


36 posted on 07/05/2013 3:17:55 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Kaslin

The world deserves better.


37 posted on 07/05/2013 3:21:43 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SkyDancer
America has woken up....

When did this happen?

38 posted on 07/05/2013 3:27:19 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I guess you’ve not been following Newsbusters or Breitbart or Rush or any of those other organizations .... but then .....


39 posted on 07/05/2013 3:35:43 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kaslin

He’s a KNOWN communist agent from back in the days of ‘Nam.

How can keeping hin on vacation HURT? HUH??


40 posted on 07/05/2013 3:36:05 PM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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To: onedoug

I guess you’ve not been following Newsbusters or Breitbart or Rush or Free Republic or any of those other organizations .... but then .....


41 posted on 07/05/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kaslin

Looks like he has a little dinghy.


42 posted on 07/05/2013 4:02:23 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: justa-hairyape
"The world deserves better."

The world maybe, but as to us...

TJ hit it dead on: "The government you elect is government you deserve.”

We did it to ourselves.

43 posted on 07/05/2013 5:10:55 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: skimbell

It’s not like John Kerry has withheld his sentiments about his feelings for this country. Forty years of contempt, statements, and video proudly made public by the Vietnam vet himself.


44 posted on 07/05/2013 5:18:34 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Polyxene

Haaa, haaaa, haa Excellent!!


45 posted on 07/05/2013 5:28:32 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: skimbell
We did it to ourselves.

Not exactly.

No one elected to have the IRS target political organizations, except for maybe a few air head Democrats.

No one elected to have the NSA spy on every communication, except for maybe a few airhead Republicans.

No one elected to have a foreign policy that promotes Islamic Terrorists, except for maybe a few airhead Islamists.

Going back to the root of the problem, no one elected to have the Federal Reserve formed, except for maybe a few airhead Bankers.

46 posted on 07/05/2013 7:49:59 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SkyDancer

I’ll believe it when I see it.


47 posted on 07/05/2013 8:08:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Kaslin

John Kerry’s hero was John F. Kennedy.

In 1961, after the first substantive reports about the Berlin Wall were delivered, Kennedy, too, went yachting.

He came back to shore for an update, then continued sailing for another couple hours.

Yes, the argument can be made, “What could he do?”

Probably nothing, except go to war.

But the message of his apparent indifference was instantly noted by the Soviets and by America’s enemies everywhere.


48 posted on 07/06/2013 12:40:50 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: justa-hairyape
Yeah OK, this is all terrible. But does any of it really surprise you?

Living in Illinois, I never had a doubt that this administration would be terrible. The only surprise that I got from their election is that they turned out to be much worse that I'd imagined they would be.

It was obvious during the first week of 0's first term when he wiped out the east coast mafia to clear the decks for his home boys in Chicago.

Anyone who paid any attention to what Obama was doing in his first term, and still voted for him for a second, deserves any and everything they get.

49 posted on 07/06/2013 6:43:04 AM PDT by skimbell
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