Skip to comments.Busted: Secretary of State John Kerry Was Boating While Egypt Fell Apart
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:
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 Kerrys whereabouts on Wednesday, but said Kerry is kept in the loop on all the latest developments.
The secretarys 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
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
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 its a bad time for the nations top diplomat to be seen cavorting on an island getaway.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.
It doesnt look good, and I think it sends the wrong message said Republican strategist Brad Marston. If I were advising him, Id 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.
Kerrys staff yesterday insisted hes 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.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?
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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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.
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.
...or to 1913 (Fed Reserve Act, 16th & 17th Amendments).
But compared to his boss he’s a saint.
It depends what the meaning of “on” is.
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......
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
Not to worry..... I saw a picture of Captain Obama in the situation room. Everything is under control.
That's it! He was on a 3-hour tour!
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!
The world deserves better.
When did this happen?
I guess you’ve not been following Newsbusters or Breitbart or Rush or any of those other organizations .... but then .....
He’s a KNOWN communist agent from back in the days of ‘Nam.
How can keeping hin on vacation HURT? HUH??