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State Department: On second thought, yeah, our boss was on his yacht during the coup

posted at 12:23 pm on July 5, 2013 by

Briefly,” though:

Politico has more:

Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board.

“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,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls “with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since then he continued to make calls to leaders including Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr.”  None of the calls were made from aboard the boat.

Psaki had categorically denied the eyewitness report from a CBS producer:

“Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m., Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt,” Psaki said Wednesday evening. “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. Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.”

Will the “completely inaccurate” claim result in a more accurate personnel action at State?  Don’t count on it.

While this is a notable (or perhaps just humorous) event in terms of the credibility of the State Department and the Obama administration in general, it’s worth pointing out that it wasn’t a big deal if Kerry was on the yacht in the first place.  As long as he can conduct his official duties from the ship and/or get to a place where he can do so quickly, it makes no difference what his location was.  Kerry’s entitled to go on a vacation over a national holiday, after all.  This sounds a lot like the kind of demonization of wealth that Kerry’s allies like to make on conservatives, of the kind we heard whenever George W. Bush went to his Texas ranch or whenever his father spent time in Kennebunkport.  It’s a tempest in a teapot, albeit a rather amusing one thanks to the fumble at Foggy Bottom.

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So, he was on his boat prior to 4am? Or he flew back up there at some point in the day, got on his boat, then flew back to DC?

ButterflyDragon on July 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The State Dept lied, and then covered up something? On a big anniversary? Get outa here.

faraway on July 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

It’s not the deed, it’s the cover-up.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

He wasn’t really on-on the boat.

JimK on July 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

He was off the boat before he was on it…

right2bright on July 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

To sum up 0dumba’s administration:

LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE

Anti-Control on July 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Frankly, it would probably be a good thing for us if Kerry went on permanent vacation.

RebeccaH on July 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Soooo-o-o–o—o …

What you’re saying is the oh-so-effete John Francois swift-boated himself.

M240H on July 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Well he only went out on his yacht because he wanted to monitor the situation closely and um… by placing himself off of Nantucket he was technically closer to Egypt.

Gingotts on July 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

He was trying to locate the tax bill for his yacht. It must be there somewhere.

birdwatcher on July 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

When was the last time the State department lied to us? Oh yeah, yesterday.

HotAirian on July 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Since he’s Secretary of State, he now gets to say what difference, at this point, does it make.

supernova on July 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Kerry’s entitled to go on a vacation over a national holiday, after all.

No, he’s not “entitled” to anything during an emergency. He’s the frickin’ Secretary of State. His job is to “work for peace 24/7,” travel “thousands of miles” and deal with international crises whenever they arise, even if that means he has to bag his vacation. If he’s not willing to sacrifice his vacation time to do the nation’s business, then he should resign and turn the reigns over to someone who is. Sorry, but the slackers in the Obama Admin do a sh*tty enough job when they are in their offices (see Benghazi, Fast & Furious, etc.); just imagine how little attention/care they give their duties when they are on vacation.

rcpjr on July 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I think its a moot point to begin with.

Since the story of the events in Egypt wouldn’t have appeared in the newspaper until Thursday morning, I don’t see where yachting on Wednesday was even an issue.

BobMbx on July 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

“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,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. Kerry also held calls “with Norwegian Foreign Minister Eade,Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Egyptian Constitution Party President ElBaradei and five calls Ambassador Patterson on that day alone and since then he continued to make calls to leaders including Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr.” None of the calls were made from aboard the boat.

Wow, the “need examples” call was overwhelming here. No doubt they had to edit it down from the five page draft.

Why should we believe any of that “around the clock” BS when it’s in response to a blatant lie told before hand?

Oh, and what’s “briefly” mean? Ten minutes? Twenty? And hour? Four hours?

Dusty on July 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Does all this double talk mean Obama was on Kerry’s boat during Bengazi?

marybel on July 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

2 days ago:

State dept issues stmt disputing our report that we saw John Kerry on a boat in Nantucket today.
Says he has been working “all day” on Egypt

Today:

State dept issues stmt disputing our report that we saw John Kerry on a boat in Nantucket today.
Says he has been working “all day” on de Nile

As is their wont, State Dept. only changed one word.

mrt721 on July 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

FLASH:

The Kerry Cup continues; billionaire back on tax-free boat, takes tax-payer flights to/from DC for photo op.

Ready for duty must mean something else than what I think it means.

BobMbx on July 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

See, you guys just don’t get what’s really going on here. Obviously, a privately owned sailing yacht has the kind of high-tech secure communications suite that would be asinine were it to be installed in the Secretary of State’s office in DC. Moreover, being back on the water during an international crisis makes him eligible for more Purple Heart medals.

James on July 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Anti-Control on July 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

And lie some more.

rcpjr on July 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I agree. The price of their position. They are required to be on call all day every day for the length of their service. Ask yourself, does a soldier ever get a vacation he cannot be recalled from in a moment’s notice?

But then soldiers take their role seriously.

dogsoldier on July 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

The Obama Administration Default Mode = Lie.

They lie about the big things and the small things. It’s in their DNA.

HumpBot Salvation on July 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

“Never get out of the boat.” -Willard

cep on July 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Pretty sure imo that “he’s entitled to time off on a holiday and rich enough to install a red phone on his yacht” is definitely not the standard to which Sec Kerry and the Obama admin should be held in this instance.

The public relations optics of the President and his cabinet in the WH Sitch Room during the days’ events, with Kerry notably absent and later discovered (and denied to be by an official State Dept spokesdrone/Obama campaign flack) yachting in Nantucket could hardly be worse and sends all kinds of bad signals all over the world that the top US diplomat is mailing…or in this case sailing…his performance in.

Sacramento on July 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Sacramento on July 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Oh yeah…..imagine Morsi and his boys taking a rest and dialing they’re good buddy Kerry on his cellphone for help, then finding out he was out on his yacht while they were having the soles of their feet tested for sensitivity to wood sticks.

BobMbx on July 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Not unlike his boss, Egypt is above his paygrade…

Galtian on July 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

the top US diplomat is mailing…or in this case sailing…his performance in.

Sacramento on July 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

He makes Jolly Wally Binghampton look like Captain Cook.

Del Dolemonte on July 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

At least he wasn’t acting like Ghin-jus [I do a bad Kerry impersonation, I know] Khan. He hated sailing.

Flange on July 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I’m just an emergency management person in a state where 19 firefighters lost their lives this week. My husband is a wildland firefighter. WE stayed on duty, albeit just phone and email, making arrangements for memorials, guys still on the fire, etc. That’s what real people do. Yesterday was only the second 4th of July that our daughter got to spend watching fireworks with her Dad in 6 years. Eat it Kerry. Your yacht can wait. I say you aren’t due for any vacations when you sign up for the protection of all of us. Stay on duty for your whole term. Sacrifice.

hazchic on July 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Dear NSA, by “eat it Kerry,” I meant suck it up, not a real threat of anything harmful.

hazchic on July 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Egg –
Meet face.

TimBuk3 on July 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

SOP for the Obama State Department:

Step 1: Deny everything.

Step 2: Find out what happened.

Step 3: Withhold the facts from the public.

Step 4: Make up some lame-ass excuse.

Socratease on July 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

SSDD – If THIS is supposed to vault Gigolo Jean Kerée into the appearance of competence, someone needs to be re-wired. It aint workin’.

QUOTE: “The State Department admitted Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry was lounging on his private yacht off Cape Cod during the military coup in Egypt.”
** Uh Huh … And I can see that cell phone ear piece “seared, SEARED” onto Gigolo Johnny’s long-headed face. He’s “in touch” with nothing save for TerAyZa’s money.

QUOTE: “Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day,” Psaki wrote, “including participating in the President’s meeting with his national security council, and …”
** Kerée was AWOL – as is consistent with his history.

QUOTE: “According to Psaki, Kerry dialed in on a secure phone line for that meeting.”
** Oh Wait … I thought that cell phones are NOT a “secure” way to communicate.

QUOTE: “Kerry recently returned from a Middle East trip during which he confounded area experts by ignoring the violent crises in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Turkey …”
** Why should Kerée’s lack of commitment, and competence, “confound” anyone? He was given the “job” as a prize to cover up King Barry’s fecklessness. NOW, all he is doing is carrying Øligula’s imported water.

QUOTE: “Obama’s murky response to the Egyptian revolution has been called a “stunning diplomatic failure” by Republicans and “muted” by the president’s own media allies.”

** This WOULD be humorous IF it DIDN’T reflect poorly on ALL of US.

“The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people,” Obama said.

** Bu, Bu, But … Where was Jimmuh Cottuh to “monitor the elections”?

Too controversial, Jimmuh? Not a Communist Country? Too Islamic?
Everyone with a clue knows good and well that Emperor Øligula will attempt to maintain as many degrees of separation as he can in order to throw someone else – again – under his own perpetual campaign bus.
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Karl Magnus on July 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I’m glad I saved that lengthy, thoughtful, G-Rated post.
It obviously won’t show up here.
Way ta go.
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Karl Magnus on July 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Karl Magnus on July 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Not sure why the spam filter grabbed that one. I’ll look into it. Might be the word “gigolo” tripped a flag; could be a pr0n term.

Ed Morrissey on July 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM