Obama to make Kerry nomination to State official this afternoon

posted at 11:21 am on December 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

According to the Washington Post, Barack Obama will make an announcement this afternoon confirming what everyone already knows. John Kerry will leave the US Senate and move to Foggy Bottom, replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State:

President Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state this afternoon, according to a White House official.

Kerry will succeed Hillary Clinton, who has long planned to step down shortly after Obama’s inauguration. He was widely considered to be Obama’s top choice after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed herself from consideration last week.

The Post notes Kerry’s track record of assisting Obama in foreign policy over the last three years from his perch as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee:

Kerry traveled to Afghanistan in the fall of 2009 and persuaded President Hamid Karzai to accept a runoff election. The senator played a similar role for the administration in Pakistan, where he helped broker the release of a CIA contractor arrested on suspicion of murder and later persuaded the Pakistanis to return parts of a U.S. stealth helicopter that crashed during the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He was the first senior U.S. elected official to meet with Mohamed Morsi before and after he became Egypt’s president.

With all of that, why wasn’t Kerry the first choice for Obama?  After all, Rice’s main contribution has been shepherding one US failure after another at the UN.  Most of that probably couldn’t be helped, but the surprise switch by US allies on the General Assembly vote on Palestinian recognition didn’t exactly bolster her credibility as a top diplomat.

Obama will now get an easy ride in the Senate for confirmation.  While some critics of Kerry will want to press him for answers on old scores, don’t expect to hear much about his post-Vietnam activism.  Republicans might want to ask some questions about his current global-warming activism, but then again, they may prefer not to give him that kind of platform for advocacy, since it won’t have any impact on his confirmation anyway.

The irony of this appointment might be that Scott Brown could come out the big winner, unless Democrats can find a Hollywood knight for the special election.


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Ummm…Shocka!!!!!

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Fantastic!

An America hating, global governance, climate fanatic socialist as our representative. I’m sure he’ll kiss communist and Islamist ass better than Obama and Hillary.

darwin on December 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

John Kerry, reporting for doody!– part deux

Blake on December 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Arab Spring in America to follow. Oh, wait…it’s here already.

kingsjester on December 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I can see Kerry’s big mouth getting us into WWIII.

Dasher on December 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

One buffoon deserves the other.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

oh yeaeth, we get a winter soldier as sec of state

old hippies are like zombies, they just won’t die

DanMan on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Mrs. Kerry getting rid of her poodle…

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Will Kerry will go through a grunge phase like his predecessor?

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

A gigolo will be Sec. of State.

The world is a whorehouse.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I wanna see jokes about long face and old war horses.

Archivarix on December 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I feel kerry will make it because he has dear john supporting him?

Wonder if the ‘Swift Boat Vets’ will so something to try and stop this?
L

letget on December 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Obama will now get an easy ride in the Senate for confirmation.

Yeah, but will Kerry’s nomination pass the “global test”?

Doughboy on December 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Screen him for stomach viruses and a predilection for concussions please.

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Welcome to Bazarro-World

jake-the-goose on December 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Show us your Purple Heart scars, you phony pos.

rjoco1 on December 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The Pimp deserves his Gigolo.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

His good judgment in vetting his VP running mate aside …

WASS.

texacalirose on December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Heroes are indignant.

A big Liar and Cheat, a Gigolo, will be Sec. of State.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I predict: Tereeeeeeezzzza beans him again with a hairbrush.

Blake on December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

make his 1st foreign policy trip to Vietnam to congradulate them.

gsherin on December 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The New Peter Principle: Rising way past your level of incompetence and still rising

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

PICTURE CAPTION:

I lovez ya Johnnie, I really Loves ya.

Old Country Boy on December 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

No! Make his first foreign trip to Cambodia. He has never been there; it would be a new experience!

Old Country Boy on December 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

All his diplomatic gifts will be ketchup.

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

John effing Kerry as Sec of State… Because Hillary didn’t phuck things up badly enough in Benghazi…

SWalker on December 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Well, he was so helpful to President Obama in his first debate prep, so this only makes sense. Reminds me of the classic Onion article, “Kerry’s Face Droops with Joy”.

JeremiahJohnson on December 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

First priority: Visit North Vietnam.

kingsjester on December 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

old hippies are like zombies, they just won’t die

DanMan on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Hey, hey, now. Don’t be dissing him for his appearance. He didn’t choose to look like a zombie.

iurockhead on December 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

But why is this site ignoring the real story of the day?: the fact that NASA is covering up the fact that the giant planet Nibiru will smack into the Earth on…um…later today! The NASA liars say that if there really was a Nibiru, then I’d be able to see it in the sky. Well, I can’t see anything in the sky because of cloud cover. Coincidence, or conspiracy? For an answer to this, please follow this link to my video report on NASA weather control experiments:
Storms on the Horizon: NASA Weather Control Experiments and the 2012 Illuminati Endgame ;-)

JimLennon on December 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Kerry always was the first choice. Obama was never going to nominate Rice… just more post-election sand-kicking by the palms-upturned-class President.

HopeHeFails on December 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Caption contest:

Kerry: They’re stealing my yacht!

Obama: let it go John. I’ll buy you a bigger one with all the Obamacare taxes I’m raising. Nobody will miss a couple of Mill.

WisRich on December 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“Love the smell of a traitors bull shit on the TV early in the mornings”

This putz has had bed wetting problems life long, hope he pees up Obama’s leg.

Lt.for Life John F. Kerry.

Only promotions he gets are self operated.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This POS won’t be any worse than The Wronged Woman, and, it gets him out of the Senate.

Cool. Maybe he can visit Cambodia for real this time … and stay.

M240H on December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Guy is not very diplomatic.

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

How will a Sec. of State Kerry deal with foreign leaders like Jenjiss Khan?

JimLennon on December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Just let this be.

Very likely Kerry has it in his worthless weak and dumb ass ways to pin a rap on Obama with some dumb ass stunt no one will be able to cover up.

Just loose rein Kerry and hope he does his normal bat shit stuff.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

sKerry.

Pathetic.

CW on December 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Like this….

Point Kerry in the direction of Iran, make him think he can cut a deal with the mullas.

stand way back…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Razing Villages 101

trs on December 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Lurching Forward.

CW on December 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The leader of the John Lurch Society reporting for doody!

DanMan on December 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The face of foreign affairs is Herman Munster.

Slainte on December 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Gonna ride a tank to his confirmation hearings.

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Replacing one incompetent failure with another.

GarandFan on December 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Teh One strikes again. Obama makes Sen. Inouye’s eulogy about himself.

Fallon on December 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

He should be ready to take over after HRC’s “immaculate concussion.”

rjoco1 on December 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Traitor … FORWARD!

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Have a look at the photo of Kerry that is currently running as Drudge’s headline…

You see that photo capturing Kerry with head held up (not bowed, his glance outward, not down) and with his hands before him in a supplication gesture (what Christians would call, “praying” but in Kerry’s case, that’s not what he’s doing, it’s just that he is “enacting the action” with his hands).

That’s the same gesture his wife, Teresa Heinz, displayed from stages toward audiences when John Kerry was running for President.

And didn’t we hear it described, during Obama’s last trip to Indonesia, that that gesture is used to communicate “superior social status” over whoever it is being directed toward? Yes, yes, that IS what was explained about that gesture (which DOES originate outside the US civilization and culture — originates in Indonesia and other Asian cultures); the gesture is intended as display of superiority over others, “a superior person acknowledging his/her subordinates”.

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The measure of John Kerry, in his own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2DDg3dl0zY

petefrt on December 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Is the enthusiasm that is present from among some in Congress among Republicans about Kerry because if he’s confirmed as SoS, his seat in the Senate will be “getable” by the GOP? Is THAT why Kerry’s being supported as SoS?

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

With all of that, why wasn’t Kerry the first choice for Obama?

As conservatives, identity politics isn’t our go-to move… but I’d say the rather obvious answer when one gives it some thought is that Kerry is a white guy.

Murf76 on December 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Will Kerry will go through a grunge phase like his predecessor?

LetsBfrank on December 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Unlike his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry will be SURE he tours with his hairdresser/s, manicurists, luggage carriers, shirt pressers, masseuses, harpists, foot washers…

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

A fake. A coward. A moron. A gigolo. What better qualifications?

pat on December 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You see that photo capturing Kerry with head held up (not bowed, his glance outward, not down) and with his hands before him in a supplication gesture (what Christians would call, “praying” but in Kerry’s case, that’s not what he’s doing, it’s just that he is “enacting the action” with his hands).

I get a ‘rubbing his hands with glee’ vibe from that picture.

EnglishRogue on December 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

With all of that, why wasn’t Kerry the first choice for Obama?

Because Obama obviously made a deal with Bill Clinton in order to win the first of Obama’s election terms: remember that meeting that Obama had with Bill at Bill’s Harlem office only a few months before the first election? They made a deal: “allow” Obama to win and Hillary would get some super-duper Cabinet position and be able to assume being President even if she wasn’t.

Though I am SURE that there was more to that deal that was made.

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

You see that photo capturing Kerry with head held up (not bowed, his glance outward, not down) and with his hands before him in a supplication gesture (what Christians would call, “praying” but in Kerry’s case, that’s not what he’s doing, it’s just that he is “enacting the action” with his hands).

I get a ‘rubbing his hands with glee’ vibe from that picture.

EnglishRogue on December 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Well, that, too.

But it’s the Heinz-Kerry-billionaire-Bones-Ruler gesture: all of us peons out here in the public…

…unfortunately, some IN the public encourage these users to maintain that posture, if not expect it.

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Obama: You know, it’s really a remarkable coincidence, how this beautiful ocean-front mansion in Hawaii suddenly ended up in my name to coincide with my nominating John Kerry to Secretary of State. Life is certainly full of surprises.

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Be prepared for a massive uptake in those “fighting the smears” and “fact checking” websites with “authority” credibilty springing up all over the internet, which will blare all the “truth” about those nasty Conservatives, Republicans and, uh, the “disturbed former military and other fringe elements in our society.”

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

With all of that, why wasn’t Kerry the first choice for Obama?

Oh, come on – Kerry WAS obama’s first and only choice – the whole Susan Rice scheme was just a diversion – this has played out exactly as scripted.

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I think he took too much of the brown acid back when.

docflash on December 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Oh, come on – Kerry WAS obama’s first and only choice – the whole Susan Rice scheme was just a diversion – this has played out exactly as scripted.

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

They are getting a lot of mileage out of the ‘Door in The Face’ bit.

http://changingminds.org/techniques/general/sequential/ditf.htm

Mimzey on December 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Maybe he can visit his old Christmas eve haunts back in Cambodia now… Oh wait.

Hummer53 on December 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Is the enthusiasm that is present from among some in Congress among Republicans about Kerry because if he’s confirmed as SoS, his seat in the Senate will be “getable” by the GOP? Is THAT why Kerry’s being supported as SoS?

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I don’t know about the Republicans in Congress, but from my perspective, sure. Whoever Obama picks as SecofState is not going to be someone we agree with — but this way we have a decent chance of picking up another Senate seat.

J.S.K. on December 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Russian press is ecstatic this morning, calling Kerry “beneficial to Russia”. Hope someone in GOP is paying attention.

riddick on December 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I can see Kerry’s big mouth getting us into WWIII.

Dasher on December 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Between him and Obama the Muslim-hugging barbarian, I’ll be amazed if we DON’T.

MelonCollie on December 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

So the original, he thinks, Sesquipedalian is to be our next SofS.
Bloviation goes international.

Our own squid will be proud.

Jabberwock on December 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

a nation led by utter fools and reprobates.

tom daschle concerned on December 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Try not to tear up too much if you ever have to lay a wreath at Ho Chi Minh’s grave site, John.

gsherin on December 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Wow, Obama nominates a known traitor, coweard and tax cheat to SOS…what could go wrong?

We don’t need the Mayan destruction…..we have Obama!!!!!

phoebe1 on December 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

John Kerry walks into a barn, and a horse looks up and says…

… “Hey, what’s with the long face?”

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

HA HA.
Per Obama ” … having served with valor in Vietnam…”

Man o man

Jabberwock on December 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Will ANYONE in the Senate DEMAND to see John F’ing Kerry’s REAL military records? And perhaps share them with the rest of us?
Almost the equal of King Putt in the COMPLETE AND UTTER FRAUD department.

Missilengr on December 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Oustanding! Another super liberal under Obama’s command

sadsushi on December 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Heh. I wonder if 0bama really believes the crap that he says.

Ever.

LegendHasIt on December 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I want him to be held to his PROMISE when he said he’d release his ENTIRE MILITARY RECORDS. But that was TEN YEARS AGO.
Who in the State Controlled Media is going to DEMAND this data?

No. Will NOT hold my breath.

Missilengr on December 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is this really a ploy to knock the “true believers” out of the running for the next election? First Clinton, now Kerry. Put the luke warm believers into positions that they will fail at and then tarnish their hopes for getting elected.

Then of course, just announce that we must continue forward with the current administration to finally get out of this recession.

LoganSix on December 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM

“Can I get me a hunting license?”

gradyman on December 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

gradyman on December 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Kerry is the male version of Hanoi Jane. Shows just how terrible this administration is by appointing a traitor, and how sick the senate is when they confirm him. This is a slap in the face for the 54,000 that died and the 2 Million that fought in Vietnam. A traitor yesterday is still a traitor today.

savage24 on December 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Chris Stevens unavailable for comment…

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Kerry was the biggest fraud he could find I guess.

claudius on December 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I read that Kerry did not speak at Obamuh’s announcement of the nomination today. I guess Kerry is practicing muteness for when he’s the actual SOS.

stukinIL4now on December 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

He just got on on his good looks!

MaiDee on December 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

He just got in on his good looks!

MaiDee on December 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Can Kerry be any worse than Hillary? ………………… We will have to wait to see.

SC.Charlie on December 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Can Kerry be any worse than Hillary? ………………… We will have to wait to see.

SC.Charlie on December 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Tall order, for sure, but as with any liberal we shouldn’t be surprised when it happens.

riddick on December 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

In that picture they make such a cute couple

johnny reb on December 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

John Kerry will be SURE he tours with his hairdresser/s, manicurists, luggage carriers, shirt pressers, masseuses, harpists, foot washers…

Lourdes on December 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

And his jock strap suppliers. Don’t forget his jock strap guys.

Hey, can I get me a jock strap here?

petefrt on December 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

He was the first senior U.S. elected official to meet with Mohamed Morsi before and after he became Egypt’s president.

That’s a plus? Did he give or get advice on how to become a dictator, this time Islamist-style?

onlineanalyst on December 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Politico piece

Are you people waking up yet?

Dante on December 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Just when you think this regime can’t go any lower, they find another bottom rung to grab.

Kissmygrits on December 22, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Perfect

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM