White House “trying to rein in” John Kerry?

posted at 4:01 pm on June 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Are the one-man diplomatic stylings of newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry perhaps getting a little too grandiose, even for the White House’s liking? So reports the Associated Press, and it is certainly true that, in just the first four months of his tenure, John Kerry has made for himself a schedule that keeps him all kinds of busy traveling hither and yon. Kerry’s long-term ambitions for the top job at State were hardly ever a secret, and it sounds like he might be taking himself just a bit too seriously in some White House officials’ estimation:

Since succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as America’s top diplomat, Kerry has issued several as yet undelivered — and perhaps undeliverable — pledges to allies and rivals alike, proving a source of concern for Obama’s policy team. It is trying to rein in Kerry somewhat, according to officials, which is difficult considering Kerry has spent almost half his tenure so far in the air or on the road, from where his most dissonant policy statements have come.

The White House quickly distanced itself from both Kerry’s North Korea remarks and has now, since President Barack Obama’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland this past week, seen up close the strength of Moscow’s resistance to Kerry’s Syria strategy. …

In Jordan last month, Kerry announced a sketchy $4 billion economic revitalization strategy for the West Bank that would accompany his peace plan. No details were provided, and U.S. officials even sent reporters to aides of U.N. peace mediator Tony Blair for more information. …

On Mideast peace, Kerry is largely fighting the battle alone. Since Obama’s visit to Israel in March, Kerry has gotten almost no public displays of support from the president, with the White House appearing reluctant to stake political capital in an endeavor that so often has proved a disappointment.

As the AP suggests, it’s tough to rein in somebody who isn’t around very much, and Kerry has certainly been out on about across the globe, delivering policy prescriptions for China and North Korea, Russia and Syria, Israel and the Palestinians — but it sounds like other administration officials are worried that a lot of talk won’t necessarily translate into a lot of action.

Kerry has also been a longtime advocate for intense international climate-change cooperation, and was talking a big game about the matter in India this weekend ahead of President Obama’s pending climate-change announcements. Via Politico:

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late. “The irreversible climate challenge is speeding towards us, crying out for a global solution, `’ he said.

Kerry spoke on climate change in a speech in New Delhi, the second stop on his two-week swing through the Mideast and Asia, just two days before President Barack Obama is to unveil his long-awaited plan for the United States on the issue.

“The world’s largest democracy and its oldest one must do more together, uniting not as a threat to anyone, not as a counterweight to a region or some other countries, but as partners building a strong, smart future in a critical age,” Kerry said in a reference to how India is often viewed as a counterbalance to China.

Well… at least he and President Obama are on the same page on that front, I suppose.


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nobar on June 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

nobar on June 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Or he`s auditioning for U.N. Secretary General John Kerry.

ThePrez on June 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Heh. John should provide many entertaining moments of pomposity on display for the next 3 years. I like the visual of him dashing around the world like a loose cannon while The One tries to put a curb bit in his mouth.

a capella on June 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Hillary at least had to rein in her ego a tad as Secretary of State, since she still has the idea of being president in her noggin and couldn’t be seen as openly trying to upstage Obama. Not so with the ketchup gigolo — Kerry knows he’s never going to be president, and this is his last shot to make a name for himself on the world’s stage. Combine that with a president who only wants to tour the world as part of a vacation tour, and you get a SoS with a huge ego with a lot of room to roam, but who now may be irking the other huge ego in the White House.

jon1979 on June 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Kerry has been so accustomed to making promises and giving away tax payer monies to buy votes, he most likely reckons why not try it on the international level.

OliverB on June 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“I was against reining in John F’n Kerry before I was for it,” -Obooba.

Akzed on June 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Sorry Jean-Francois, but flying all over the globe on AF jets won’t get you miles you can use on commercial flights. It just ain’t happenin’.

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I imagine John Kerry practicing his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize each morning in front of his bathroom mirror.

djl130 on June 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The horse head is an embarrassment they brung, and fully deserve.

Mrs. Heinz is glad he’s gone. She doesn’t need to lock him up any more.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

All these egos floating around in the administration. Is there room for Biden’s? BTW, where is Sheriff Joe? He needs to start getting that campaign machine running. Get out there in front of some national audiences and make some profound statements, so we’ll know he’s a serious man.

a capella on June 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

nobar on June 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Or he`s auditioning for U.N. Secretary General John Kerry.

ThePrez on June 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

To bad for him. The Secretary General can’t come from a nation that is a permanent member of the Security Council.

RickB on June 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

White House “trying to rein in” John Kerry?

Try the ” horse whisperer” on him.

burrata on June 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

more narcissism from the Democrat party, what’s new? “I am GOD! I can make the earth cooler! (we just need more tax $).”

kirkill on June 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I can’t be the only one chuckling to myself over using the phrase “trying to rein in” accompanied by Mr. Longface now can I?

can_con on June 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

So he’s Lurch-ing all around?

Rational Thought on June 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I say they should spur him on.

RSbrewer on June 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

LOL. The Traveling Moonbats.

pat on June 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I heard that Obama had personally taped wires from portable telephones to his genitals and turned up the power

faraway on June 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

To bad for him. The Secretary General can’t come from a nation that is a permanent member of the Security Council.

RickB on June 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

True to form, Obama is turning us into a 3rd world country with a 3rd world military. That will end our membership on the Security Council.

nobar on June 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

To bad for him. The Secretary General can’t come from a nation that is a permanent member of the Security Council.

RickB on June 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Speaking of that, has anybody figured out whose passport Teh SCOAMT used to visit Pakistan back in the day?

Steve Eggleston on June 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Whoa nelly Kerry!

can_con on June 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

So he’s Lurch-ing all around?

Rational Thought on June 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The Comment of the Day™ competition is unusually stiff today.

Steve Eggleston on June 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

John Kerry, he first secretary of state that can stand in for the undertaker at funerals he attends. A twofer!

can_con on June 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

administration officials are worried that a lot of talk won’t necessarily translate into a lot of action

Now they’re worried?

Where were they the last five years?

bgoldman on June 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I imagine John Kerry practicing his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize each morning in front of his bathroom mirror.

djl130 on June 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

That’s enough to drive anyone into binging on gin-soaked raisins.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

he might be taking himself just a bit too seriously

When has he not done that?

Remember, this is the Democrat mental giant who called one of the Boston Red Sox’ legendary players “Manny Ortez”…

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Not sure how this comes as a real surprise. You have someone here who spent 40 years trying to become president and who only missed it by a few thousand votes. Now you give him a position of enormous publicity and power, send him abroad, thousands of miles from D.C., and then he starts talking a bit too much? Not exactly a shock.

Truth be told, he probably figures he still has a shot at the presidency in 2016. That’s not the kind of guy who will always tow the company line.

pwh on June 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Kerry has certainly been out on about across the globe

In the manner of Jenjiss Khan.

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

He sees himself as a moving force like Genghis Khan!!

Deano1952 on June 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

If you don’t stay in school and study hard, you get stuck in a Kremlin waiting room…but only for three hours.

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Don’t they know who he is ?

Soon to be (already thinks he is) President.

A legend in his own mind !

What did you expect BO ?

esblowfeld on June 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late. “The irreversible climate challenge is speeding towards us, crying out for a global solution, `’ he said.

Kerry spoke on climate change in a speech in New Delhi, the second stop on his two-week swing through the Mideast and Asia, just two days before President Barack Obama is to unveil his long-awaited plan for the United States on the issue.

Rots o’ ruck with that, Cambodia Kerry!!!

India is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world (behind China, the U.S. is third), and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and has four times our population. What incentive would India have to reduce CO2 emissions, when an industrialized economy enables India to feed itself?

Steve Z on June 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Old and Busted: Gunboat diplomacy
New Hotness: Swiftboat diplomacy

Christien on June 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He sees himself as a moving force like Genghis Khan!!

Deano1952 on June 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

That’s Jenjis Khan for him. Attach wires to genitals, turn on the Jenjis Juice.

Steve Z on June 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late.

I wonder exactly what is the definition of “too late” ?

Perhaps, given that Climate Change (except perhaps the political climate in DC) has been on vacation for a decade and a half, one can only believe that “too late” refers to the chance for politicians to claim credit for stopping the greatest threat of our life times, before the government grant driven research industry finally throws in the towel.

J_Crater on June 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

John Kerry is planning on running for President in 2016…his current job is the start of his campaign…

albill on June 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I kind of like the visual of piece of leftist white trash getting off his private jet and telling yet another nation of those not so white that they shouldn’t aspire to have the living standards of John Kerry’s own nation.

MNHawk on June 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

THE HAT, John!

Show’em THE HAT!!

Solaratov on June 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late.

India, 1.6 metric tons per capita

United States, 17.2 metric tons per capita.

India must be getting a little uppity for a piece of white trash with a CO2 footprint the size of small nations.

MNHawk on June 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Truth be told, he probably figures he still has a shot at the presidency in 2016. That’s not the kind of guy who will always tow the company line.

pwh on June 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

John Kerry is planning on running for President in 2016…his current job is the start of his campaign…

albill on June 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

John O’Neill and the rest of the Swifties will be warming up in the bullpen.

Remember, many of the Swifties (the ones from Massachusetts) had previously supported Lurch when he ran for US Senate. But they knew how dangerous he would be as CIC, so they stopped him in 2004.

If he runs in 2016, they’ll stop him again.

Del Dolemonte on June 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Kerry is one of those liberals who actually believes the liberal solutions he talks about. Most liberals, deep down, know they’re peddling snake oil.

I can’t decide which type of liberal is more dangerous.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

He sees himself as a moving force like Genghis Khan!!

Deano1952 on June 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Odd, I see him as a moving force sort of like Ex-Lax or syrup of ipecac.

Oldnuke on June 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I wonder exactly what is the definition of “too late” ?

Perhaps, given that Climate Change (except perhaps the political climate in DC) has been on vacation for a decade and a half, one can only believe that “too late” refers to the chance for politicians to claim credit for stopping the greatest threat of our life times, before the government grant driven research industry finally throws in the towel.

J_Crater on June 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I’m actually shocked that some politician hasn’t run in front of this particular parade. Obama could easily say that under his administration, CO2 levels have dropped to those recommended under Kyoto, and that as a result, global temperatures have stabilized. Heck, they could even go back and fill in his Nobel prize with the info, in order for them to have SOME justification for that award.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

What did the WH expect from a man that lied about his military service?

sadatoni on June 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Kerry v. Obama: What happens when unstoppable egotism hits immovable narcissism?

petefrt on June 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Kerry knows he is in line for the Presidency…[Presidential Succession Act]…but as everyone else knows, only common folk have to wait in line.

Acting in the manner of Genghis Khan, forging ahead, the memory of Christmas Eve seared deep, war hero JFK already believes he is in charge, at Foggy Bottom, at the White House…he is King of the World and that other guy, that ersatz Kenyan? That cocaine-smoking smartass from Punahou School? Doesn’t deserve to be President. But a Boston Brahmin, you know, from the right family, old money…well, that’s a different matter.

coldwarrior on June 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

If Kerry stays in the air, the press can’t question him about specifics and Congress can’t subpoena him.

That’s one way to stay safe!

As for AGW – one can only hope that Kerry’s plane is fueled with renewable bio-fuels.

GarandFan on June 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Hey, WH!

Don’t say that you weren’t warned. I mean, hello, did you even ask Mr Winter Soldier how Nixon sent him to Cambodia on Christmas when LBJ was POTUS?

The dude has always had a much higher opinion of himself and his ‘intellect’ than most everyone else on the planet.

Of course, since Kerry’s ego pales in comparison, it might be difficult for Obama to even notice.

Resist We Much on June 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged fast-growing India to work with the United States on global warming before it’s too late.

How about first get them toilets, sewer systems and running water?

albill on June 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Heh. John should provide many entertaining moments of pomposity on display for the next 3 years. I like the visual of him dashing around the world like a loose cannon while The One tries to put a curb bit in his mouth.

a capella on June 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Maybe Kerry and Obam will collide in the hallways of the WH (or somewhere) and hotair/ crap will fly everywhere, giving the country a much needed reprieve. For a while until Hogface tries to claim her husband’s unfinished term.

avagreen on June 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Hmmm, you lost me. To Democrats, a lot of talk is a lot of action. In fact, it’s mostly all they are capable of so, in my opinion, John Kerry is the perfect Democrat.

HopeHeFails on June 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Let’s be charitable and say I’ve never been a John Kerry supporter, either as Senator, Presidential, or Secretary of State. I certainly don’t think he had the judgement to be a swift boat commander, and everything went downhill from there.

The Obama Administration is a joke. They wanted Susan Rice for this position, yet they sent her out to lie to the American people. They wanted to force her through but a confirmation hearing would have been brutal, not only for Rice, but for the Administration, especially when they had to confirm who sent her out to lie to the American people.

I would hope that Kerry isn’t freelancing out there, but with this administration, you just don’t know.

bflat879 on June 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

How to reign in John F’ing (aka Lurch) Kerry?
Easy, just have Teresa Tweet him:
John, I’m cancelling ALL of your credit cards.
He’ll be back on the ground and begging on his knees within minutes.

Missilengr on June 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The One wanting to reign in Lurch?

Don’t make me laugh.

Lurch is the perfect dumb-john stalking horse. He jets in, and makes outrageous statements and demands that are delusional even by The One’s loose standards.

Then The One comes in and says, “let’s meet each other halfway”- and convinces everyone that He’ll “settle” for what He originally planned to get from the start.

It’s the geopolitical equivalent of a tag-team “good cop, bad cop” gag. And everybody is falling for it.

Speaking of falling, The One is also setting Dr. Strangelurch up as the fall guy for something. He probably doesn’t even know what it is yet.

He’s just the sort of guy who likes having a crash test dummy handy in case he needs one. And Lurch fills the bill perfectly.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

So what – Kerry is busting all ‘Jenjis Con’?

ghostwalker1 on June 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

John Kerry is planning on running for President in 2016…his current job is the start of his campaign…

albill on June 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Yep; anyone that thinks the democratic primary is going to be a slamdunk coronation of Herself is in for a rude surprise. In fact I hope it’s the dirtiest, nastiest primary in decades.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

but as partners building a strong, smart future in a critical age,” Kerry said …

These Obysmal jerks keep using the term smart to describe themselves. What a joke!

onlineanalyst on June 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Kerry assumes that he has a lot of power in his position. It’s almost better than being president, eh, horseface?

onlineanalyst on June 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Kerry out of control? Or is this intentional to foster his own bid for the Presidency in 2016?

{^_^}

herself on June 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Kinda gives you an idea of the calibre of bullet we dodged in 2004, huh?

PJ Emeritus on June 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I wonder what would happen if i put my 8 year old son in charge of planning
meals at our house.
Something like kerry in charge of State i expect

devadevadasa on June 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM