Patterico's Pontifications

7/5/2013

OK, He Was On the Boat, A Bit. A Bit.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:19 pm

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki yesterday:

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. 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.

Completely inaccurate. You hear me? COMPLETELY!

(What’s that? They have photos? Photos of Kerry on the boat?)

Ahem.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki today:

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.

I don’t really care if John Kerry wants to stay on a vacation that he presumably planned not knowing there was going to be an international crisis.

Just don’t lie about it.

P.S. You know what would be nice, when government officials say x on Day 1 and “not x” on Day 2, would be an explanation as to why they said x on Day 1. Instead of just sort of pretending they didn’t.

Wouldn’t that be nice? I think it would. It really would.

138 Comments

  1. Maybe that’s where President Obama was while the attacks on Benghazi were happening.

    Comment by L.N. Smithee (301382) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:23 pm

  2. The only time Lurch tried to fix something was when he needed a parking meter moved from in front of his posh Capitol hill Brownstone.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:43 pm

  3. Pat, they lie about the trivial things just to keep in practice.

    And this really was trivial . . . right up until they felt they had to lie about it.

    Comment by The snarky Dana (af9ec3) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:43 pm

  4. At this point, I trust nothing that comes from the collective mouths of this administration, including and, it, and the.

    Comment by NavyspyII (96e9e0) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:44 pm

  5. “Don’t you know who I am he is?!?!”

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (558410) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Of course, if it’s true that Secretary Kerry ” worked around the clock all day,” that means he was awake, and working, from midnight to midnight. I’m guessing that that is something of an exaggeration as well.

    Comment by The Dana who can tell time. (af9ec3) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:46 pm

  7. Remember back in the day when Johnny Carson christened Don Rickles “Mr. Warmth“?

    Well, call me crazy Patterico & Co. but I think it’s officially time for our esteemed POTUS to be christened “Mr. Competence“.

    Comment by qdpsteve (e4fc78) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:46 pm

  8. So, Kerry was on the boat, before he wasn’t on the boat, before he was on the boat a little tiny bit.

    Comment by ropelight (b978a4) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:47 pm

  9. He decided to be on the boat before he decided not to be on the boat.

    Comment by The very amused Dana (af9ec3) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:48 pm

  10. I really think Kerry deserves another purple heart for his bravery in this matter.

    Also, probably a medal of honor… I mean look at the amazing results of this administration’s foreign policy! Sure sorry Kerry wasn’t president. Boy they are showing Bush a thing or two!

    Comment by Dustin (303dca) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:48 pm

  11. What difference does it make!

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (558410) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:48 pm

  12. Does a Windsurfer count as boat, or how about a kayak, or a rubber ducky? How about a magic hat?

    Comment by ropelight (b978a4) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:51 pm

  13. As I just shared at Ace of Spades HQ:
    (to the tune of “The Christmas Song”)

    Mideast roasting on an open fire,
    Kerrys roasting on their yacht…
    American influence going up in black smoke
    and MSM lapdogs saying it’s not…’

    ;-)

    Comment by qdpsteve (e4fc78) — 7/5/2013 @ 5:54 pm

  14. Remember how Jen Psaki was the one that the Obamastration trotted out to mop up after Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter?

    Cutter, you may remember, told the whopper about there being no connection between Obama re-election and Priorities USA, the SuperPAC that produced the Romney-bashing ad featuring Joe Soptic. Soptic — the ONE guy the Obamamaniacs were able to dig up with a notable gripe against Bain Capital-era Romney — was laid off by a company purchased by Bain, and who dubiously blamed his wife’s (eventual) death from cancer on lack of the health coverage that disappeared with his job.

    On national TV, Cutter claimed to have no knowledge about Soptic or his story or having coordinated with an 501(c) independent issues group. “By law,” she correctly said, “we’re not allowed to coordinate with them.” Then conservative media dug up a conference call she had earlier conducted on behalf of Obama For America featuring (guess who) Joe Soptic! He tells the EXACT same tale of woe that he would later relate in the Priorities ad, and when he finished, he said to the listeners, “Now I’ll turn the call back over to Stephanie.”

    B-U-S-T-E-D!

    Cutter had been scheduled to appear on several of the Sunday shows. She sat that week out, and the Obama camp sent Psaki instead. She did some fancy tap dancing, but even the MSMers weren’t buying it.

    Comment by L.N. Smithee (301382) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:04 pm

  15. Brazen lying seems to be the administration’s only mode.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:13 pm

  16. Every time this Kerry fellow sets foot on a boat, he feels the need to lie about it.

    Sheesh, all poor old Gary Hart ever did was let some hottie sit on his lap, and he was never heard from again.

    What is it about Democrats and boating?

    Comment by My Sharia Moor (59f74c) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:18 pm

  17. Just guarantee us the boat never went into North Vietnam! ! !

    Comment by Chucky_Dee (9410a0) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:45 pm

  18. If Valerie’s the one calling the shots what does it matter where Kerry spends his time? The reporters should just keep their noses out of things that are not their business.

    Comment by elissa (bd5aef) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:52 pm

  19. The only substantial difference between Nuland and Psaki is the color of their hair.
    Other than that, they are the same lying liars.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:53 pm

  20. Just guarantee us the boat never went into North Vietnam!

    No guarantees…..it was built in New Zealand.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/5/2013 @ 6:54 pm

  21. That needs to read “Kerry’s 7 million dollar boat that he evaded sales tax on.” We’re probably all better off when he is on it.

    Comment by Mike K (dc6ffe) — 7/5/2013 @ 7:32 pm

  22. http://twitchy.com/2013/07/05/objectivity-overboard-abc-news-runs-interference-for-yachtsman-kerry/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/5/2013 @ 7:36 pm

  23. Nice twitchy thread on John Kerry Yacht Names

    http://twitchy.com/2013/07/05/ketchup-in-the-rye-kerrys-failboat-folly-lead-to-hilarious-johnkerryyachtnames-hashtag/

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 7/5/2013 @ 7:39 pm

  24. Well, Secretary Kerry does have The Hat. What is the point now in listening to the media or what the current administration does?

    By the way, the left in my state is all upset because gun owners visited the state capitol with, omg, guns. And they may be loaded!!! With live rounds, 11-eleventy!!! And they’re rednecks, holy crap!!!

    AND THEY HAVE GUNS!!!

    Of course, they were denied entrance to the state capitol.

    Comment by Ag80 (eb6ffa) — 7/5/2013 @ 7:52 pm

  25. Well the weasel was on good speaking terms with Mubarak, two years ago, Assad, a year ago, and the Sauds till sometime next year,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/5/2013 @ 7:58 pm

  26. A picture says a thousand words;

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151711884873588&l=2d778442db

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:02 pm

  27. 26. The times of rough men have arrived once again.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:13 pm

  28. i want my binky

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:18 pm

  29. BHO’s spokesholes’ words have an operational life shorter than a cicada’s.

    Comment by Ed from SFV (6382f3) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:21 pm

  30. This would all be so much less embarrassing for him had the media initially reported it as just a small family boat instead of calling it a yacht. The word “yacht” has such a richy rich, 1%, millionaires and billionaires, snooty connotation associated with it, don’t you think? Somebody in the U.S. Department of Obama Administration Narrative Creation really dropped the ball on this one.

    Comment by elissa (bd5aef) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:36 pm

  31. They lied until it was impossible for them to continue to lie. Then, they minimized.

    Comment by JD (e70b27) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:38 pm

  32. I have kind of a fun idea for any remaining occupoopers who might be bored and looking for something to protest over the weekend.

    Comment by elissa (bd5aef) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:43 pm

  33. Paul Mirengoff at Powerlineblog:
    Indeed, it doesn’t really matter whether Kerry participated in the Washington meetings. We’re not talking about William Seward, John Hay, or Dean Acheson here. We’re talking about the guy who believed that the key to a successful U.S. policy in the Middle East was to work with Bashar al-Assad.

    Comment by elissa (bd5aef) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:00 pm

  34. Even a clueless blowhard like Obama has come realize Kerry is a clueless blowhard.

    Comment by Bugg (b32862) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:12 pm

  35. What an opportunity lost. Psaki could have said that Kerry was on a secret mission and his whereabouts could not be confirmed. The photo of the sloppily handled sailboat could then be presented as evidence that the helmsman was obviously nothing but a poorly trained standin for this veteran of naval service, whose real location was now an even deeper state secret. Where could he be? The upper reaches of the Mekong River? The east coast of Maui? Paddling across the Suez Canal? Zurich? The world would watch and wonder.

    Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:16 pm

  36. Kerry was at an undisclosed location until it got disclosed. Like Dick Cheney. Nothing to see here.

    Comment by Gazzer (b6a937) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:26 pm

  37. I have only three questions:

    (1) How swift was the boat?

    (2) Was it across the border with Cambodia?

    — and —

    (3) Was SecState Kerry wearing, or otherwise in possession of, his Lucky Hat?

    ———

    In my most wonderful fantasy dreams, I get 10 minutes to ask John Kerry pointed questions under oath and under penalty of perjury, with a judge to rule on objections and compel answers when objections are overruled.

    On national TV.

    Comment by Beldar (4d6fc4) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:32 pm

  38. Muslim Brothers for Truth!

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (2d0cb6) — 7/5/2013 @ 9:35 pm

  39. Comment by elissa (bd5aef) — 7/5/2013 @ 8:36 pm

    When the yacht was revealed for all the world to see, and the MA tax authorities to knash their teeth over, John Francois was still a Senator, so of no interest to the WH lie-masters.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/5/2013 @ 11:43 pm

  40. The only time Lurch tried to fix something was when he needed a parking meter moved from in front of his posh Capitol hill Brownstone.

    No such thing ever happened. It was in Lousburg Square on Beacon Hill.

    Comment by Dave (in MA) (4b4ed9) — 7/6/2013 @ 12:08 am

  41. No such thing ever happened. It was in Lousburg Square on Beacon Hill.

    And it was a fire hydrant that he had moved, not a parking meter. This is incredible as no one had ever before heard of a Boston resident being able to have the city move and relocate a fire hydrant, even among the uber-wealthy residents of Louisburg Square.

    Comment by JVW (23867e) — 7/6/2013 @ 12:15 am

  42. According to my brother in law, who happened to live nearby, it was a parking meter, on capitol hill in 1991. So he has fixed 2 things in his benedict arnold career.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 7/6/2013 @ 2:47 am

  43. Obi-Wan has taught you well, young Psaki.

    Comment by Jay Carney (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 4:38 am

  44. In an administration where the CIC likes to “lead from behind” (I bet Orwell would have liked that one),
    what does a Sec. of State do anyway?

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 7/6/2013 @ 5:32 am

  45. Nothing much, thankfully,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 5:50 am

  46. Why lie? Couldn’t he have just said he has a phone and other means of communication on his yacht that he used to monitor the situation?

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:19 am

  47. In my most wonderful fantasy dreams, I get 10 minutes to ask John Kerry pointed questions under oath and under penalty of perjury, with a judge to rule on objections and compel answers when objections are overruled.

    On national TV.

    This would be an awesome pay per view.

    Comment by JD (e70b27) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:20 am

  48. Well it worked out for the best;

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/07/06/israel-sees-chance-for-a-more-reliable-egypt-and-a-weaker-hamas/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:23 am

  49. Modern communication capabilities being what they are, it really doesn’t matter whether the Secretary was on his boat for part of the time. If his services were actually necessary — something I rather doubt — he was instantly reachable. The real issue, for me, is why the lovely Miss Psaki lied about it in the first place. She could have said, “If he was ever on his boat during this, I am unaware of it,” or “I’ll have to get back to you on that; I don’t know the answer to that,” but, instead, asked something to which she did not know the answer, she gave an answer anyway, and it turned out to be incorrect.

    I can understand that the Administration has to keep some things secret; every President and his staff have things that must be kept confidential. But whether the Secretary of State was ever on his yacht during this time is neither critical national security information nor even something that it is important to hide; it’s really a trivial matter. There was no reason to lie . . . but she did anyway. If people like Miss Psaki just lie for no reason, on trivial matters, why ought we to trust her — or the Obama Administration as a whole — about anything?

    Comment by The serious Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:32 am

  50. JD, you need better dreams!

    Comment by The amused Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:34 am

  51. the usual suspects have to cry ‘squirrel’ when the facts are pointed out,

    http://twitchy.com/2013/07/06/sarah-palin-john-kerrys-yacht-cover-up-worse-than-the-crime/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:39 am

  52. P.S. You know what would be nice, when government officials say x on Day 1 and “not x” on Day 2, would be an explanation as to why they said x on Day 1. Instead of just sort of pretending they didn’t.

    That would require the MFM to actually do their job.

    Dana – that was Beldar’s dream.

    Comment by JD (e70b27) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:41 am

  53. John O’Neil took the measure of the man, forty some years ago, someone willing to allow the wholesale slander of own servicemen, is valued as John Nance Garner put it,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:45 am

  54. And Beldar helped reintroduce him and his comrades in time,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 7:00 am

  55. #49 Because Liberalism requires a constant stream of lies to support the narrative its Political Leaders are for the people instead of for themselves.

    What is more maddening is that our MSM does not care and when pointed out reflexively say “it has always been this way.”

    Comment by Rodney King's Spirit (ae12ec) — 7/6/2013 @ 7:26 am

  56. Pathological lying is instinctively telling a lie when the truth would have served just or almost as well.

    If this bunch lies with such facility on a relatively trivial matter like this… imagine the whopper of Bengazi.

    Comment by Marybel (bbd5ed) — 7/6/2013 @ 7:53 am

  57. http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/06/two-freedom-lovin-nations-offer-asylum-to-snowden/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:02 am

  58. http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/l/6/kerry_carryedwards.jpg

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (7b4789) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:04 am

  59. imagine the whopper of Bengazi.

    Didn’t that take 12 re-writes until they got it “right”?

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:24 am

  60. Comment by The serious Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:32 am

    This was PsyOps to confuse the MB submarine that was lurking off Nantucket – or something.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:26 am

  61. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?”

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:39 am

  62. Why do people like Jen Psaki lie so casually and ludicrously? It’s in the nature of such people (or the ones similar to and judging them) who believe that if one’s heart is pure and full of love, that nothing else matters. That lies and liars deserve our forgiveness and a million benefits of the doubt.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:41 am

  63. “It’s not true. It’s not true. It’s not true. It’s old news.”

    Comment by jim2 (de0374) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:56 am

  64. “John O’Neil took the measure of the man, forty some years ago, someone willing to allow the wholesale slander of own servicemen, is valued as John Nance Garner put it,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35″

    Exactly right. Kerry is a liar and a gigolo. He married Teresa for her dead husband’s money and they fight all the time. The cops are called to their home in Boston frequently.

    Nobody should ever believe a word he says. He is a despicable human being.

    Comment by Mike K (dc6ffe) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:19 am

  65. ==Modern communication capabilities being what they are, it really doesn’t matter whether the Secretary was on his boat for part of the time. If his services were actually necessary — something I rather doubt — he was instantly reachable.==

    Mrs. Heinz-Kerry: You gd&%%#, why weren’t you watching him? Why did you let our grandchild fall overboard and nearly drown? I thought you knew something about boating.

    Mr. Secretary John Francoise Kerry: Honey, gee willikers, a man, even such a superior man as myself, can only be expected to do so many things at once!! I was conducting critical official United States State Department business at the time laddie toppled over the bow. I eventually figured out he was missing did I not?

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:33 am

  66. It’s really weird that there aren’t any of these types of stories about republicans out there. I’m sure if there were they would definitely get some attention here…

    Comment by Ian G. (b2d693) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:39 am

  67. Republicans (conservatives), if they have yachts, have the good sense and decency to keep them out of sight – and to pay the taxes due on them.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:45 am

  68. 67-That blanket statement is complete ignorance.

    Comment by Ian G. (b2d693) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:49 am

  69. ==Exactly right. Kerry is a liar and a gigolo. He married Teresa for her dead husband’s money..==

    And Teresa wanted to be First Lady of the United States. They totally deserve each other.

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 9:55 am

  70. No, it’s just necessary to grandstand in stupid ways, elissa,

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/0610/Shelby_BP_CEO_Hayward_should_step_down.html

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:02 am

  71. It’s really weird that there aren’t any of these types of stories about republicans out there. I’m sure if there were they would definitely get some attention here…

    Comment by Ian G. (b2d693)

    Republicans may grouse a bit every now and then but they DO pay their taxes. Too many liberals seem to believe taxes are for other people to pay. Kerry fits this mold.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (7b4789) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:03 am

  72. Yet they give the Subprime queen, Pritzer, a blank check, and all too many supported tax cheat, Geithner,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:03 am

  73. And they call Romney an empty suit. Oh, wait, that would be Ian G who said that just the other day.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:05 am

  74. Kerry is an effete, throw-someone-else’s-medals-over-the-wall, Sandinista’s best friend, tired old eff-stick.

    He has NO business being anyone’s Secretary of State… unless that someone is hellbent on lowering the influence and stature of the United States of America.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (7b4789) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:06 am

  75. The cops are called to their home in Boston frequently.

    Are you being facetious when you say that? It makes me chuckle, since that makes John and Teresa sound like a couple caught on film on the old Fox TV show “Cops.” But I’ve never come across published reports about the Kerrys/Heinzs along those lines. Then again, the widespread on-the-grapevine talk about Obama’s extramarital or pre-marital activity (eg, at a Chicago bath house) also has never been reported by the media.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:06 am

  76. 73-Link to that comment please, Kevin.

    Comment by Ian G. (b2d693) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:07 am

  77. This is what a sane statement would have looked like:

    Secretary Kerry was out on a boat with family members enjoying the 4th of July holiday on the beautiful waters of his home state when the crisis suddenly peaked in Egypt. Fortunately, his boat is equipped with secure communications equipment and the secretary of state was able to be reached immediately and consulted. As soon as it was safe and practicable he returned to shore where he continued to carry out his duties on behalf of the United States.

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:09 am

  78. Kerry is an effete, throw-someone-else’s-medals-over-the-wall

    It’s either that or a woman who as First Lady was skilled at escaping sniper fire aimed at her on airport tarmacs.

    This society sure has sunk lower and lower.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:11 am

  79. In my most wonderful fantasy dreams, I get 10 minutes to ask John Kerry pointed questions under oath and under penalty of perjury, with a judge to rule on objections and compel answers when objections are overruled.

    On national TV.

    Does your fantasy extend so far as envisioning actual consequences for an Obama administration official who lies under oath?

    If so, I’d say that’s the point where the fantasy starts to sound unrealistic.

    Comment by Patterico (90470c) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:11 am

  80. I hereby declare this a “Squirrel-free Saturday”…

    Don’t let the screen-door hit you on your way out, IanG.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (7b4789) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:11 am

  81. What I am still very interested in knowing is where the lie started: whether Kerry or his staff initially lied to Psaki about his whereabouts and she repeated it with full confidence — or if Psaki just made up the story on her own authority or in consultation with the WH spin machine without considering the ramifications. I think either of these scenarios is equally possible.

    Where the lie first came from actually matters. Just as where the Bengjazi lie originated is important, IMO.

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:23 am

  82. The Colonel non-haikued:

    Republicans may grouse a bit every now and then but they DO pay their taxes. Too many liberals seem to believe taxes are for other people to pay. Kerry fits this mold.

    Low-level Infernal Revenue Service people in Cincinnati, believing that since conservatives/ Republicans/ TEA Partiers think that our taxes are already too high, assumed — without the knowledge of their superiors, of course — that conservative/ Republican/ TEA Party groups needed to be watched, because they believed that if someone believed that his taxes were too high, why he’d try to do something illegal to evade them.

    Alas! You see, we just weren’t as smart as John François Kerry, who was brilliant enough to berth his yacht in Rhode Island and avoid a six-figure tax bill, or John Edwards, who, quite legally, avoided paying $591,000 in taxes through the use of an S Corporation.

    The idea that Republicans would like to lower taxes for everybody just isn’t as wily as Democrats who want higher taxes on everybody else.

    Comment by The Dana who pays his taxes (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:25 am

  83. Oh, he won’t Col, he burrowed beneath it.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:26 am

  84. elissa wrote:

    This is what a sane statement would have looked like:

    Secretary Kerry was out on a boat with family members enjoying the 4th of July holiday on the beautiful waters of his home state when the crisis suddenly peaked in Egypt. Fortunately, his boat is equipped with secure communications equipment and the secretary of state was able to be reached immediately and consulted. As soon as it was safe and practicable he returned to shore where he continued to carry out his duties on behalf of the United States.

    An even saner statement:

    Secretary Kerry was out on a boat with family members enjoying the 4th of July holiday on the beautiful waters of his home state when the crisis suddenly peaked in Egypt. Since there was no positive contributions he could have made, he stayed on the boat and kept his nose out of it.

    ‘Twould have been the best thing he could have done.

    Comment by The snarky Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:30 am

  85. Since there was no positive contributions contribution he could have made, he stayed on the boat and kept his nose out of it.

    Fixed that for me. :lol:

    Comment by The grammarian Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:33 am

  86. Kerry\Edwards bumper stickers are still alive on Cape Cod.
    What a state of mind….

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:39 am

  87. By contrast;

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/06/ted-cruzs-father-delivers-epic-speech-touting-patriotism-and-lambasting-obamas-socialist-inclinations/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:41 am

  88. Teresa Heinz inherited her mega-millions from her dead husband, Senator John Heinz (R-PA), who was killed in a airplane crash. Heinz was chairman of an investigating committee looking into CIA criminal activities during the Iran-Contra Affair.

    Strangely, another Senator, John Tower (R-TX) who was also chairman of an investigation looking into CIA wrongdoing died in an airplane crash within a day of Heinz’ untimely death.

    Just Sayin’

    Comment by ropelight (0a59a0) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:49 am

  89. Kerry\Edwards bumper stickers are still alive on Cape Cod.

    Ahh, the life of the pampered elite. The joys and beauty of living in a bubble. The nirvana in which one’s foolishness can be avoided by having enough money in the bank and also the ability to vote with one’s feet and the moving van.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:50 am

  90. Just Sayin’

    You can go for a hat trick (or a three-fer) by noting the young writer who was doing (and had done) investigative work on hidden, dark recesses of the government and was killed a few weeks ago in a bizarre car crash in LA.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:55 am

  91. Mark – So true that they are pampered. Cape Cod style.
    I haven’t seen so many trustafarians since skiing Telluride in the 80′s.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:01 am

  92. I expect we’ll see John Edwards in some sort of Obama Administration position — one that doesn’t require Senate confirmation — soon enough. The Dems are scraping the bottom of the barrel already, and Edwards has always had a valuable ability to raise funds from the plaintiffs’ personal injury bar. The leading indicator will be a spate of mainstream media “news reports” about Edwards that will all claim, prominently, that he was “vindicated” in his trial for campaign finance violations.

    The Democratic Party quite literally has no shame.

    Comment by Beldar (4fb95c) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:02 am

  93. Now that you mention it, The Brecht girl would make a wonderful silky pony playmate for Lois Lerner, or Susan Rice, or Victoria Nuland. He likes strong women who know how to put the spurs to naughty little boys.

    Comment by ropelight (0a59a0) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:15 am

  94. Our host asked (# — 7/6/2013 @ 10:11 am), of my fantasy about cross-examining John Kerry under oath:

    Does your fantasy extend so far as envisioning actual consequences for an Obama administration official who lies under oath?

    If so, I’d say that’s the point where the fantasy starts to sound unrealistic.

    The fantasy is entirely unrealistic and always has been. I’ve done what I could to make it come true: I’ve insulted the guy and I’ve mocked him. More to the point, throughout the 2004 election season I very deliberately and enthusiastically re-published many, many statements of objective fact that Kerry and his cronies insisted were defamatory.

    On my own blog, I invited Kerry to sue me for defamation here in Texas where I live — indeed, I offered to waive issuance and service of citation, and to literally meet him on the courthouse steps to ask the court for expedited proceedings, just to make it cheaper and easier for his legal team. But of course, he could also have sued me elsewhere, including in Massachusetts or Washington, D.C., with a fairly good chance of maintaining personal jurisdiction and venue there.

    I also posted repeatedly to warn him about the various state statutes of limitations he was letting expire without having sued me, or (more realistically) John O’Neill or any of the SwiftVets. But John Kerry didn’t sue any of us.

    So my dream is likely an impossible one anyway. But to answer your question: No, I fully understand that nationally prominent Democrats are effectively immune from perjury charges in any federal proceeding or federal-law context (including sworn testimony before Congress). The only way I can even postulate any meaningful punishment if he did lie under oath would be if he did so during testimony about a very material point in a state-court proceeding. And that’s not going to happen (see above).

    Kerry won’t ever expose himself to such consequences, which is why in my fantasy, my cross-x is done on national TV, in the court of public opinion.

    Comment by Beldar (4fb95c) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:19 am

  95. He does have a wart.

    Comment by Rich (8bdefa) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:31 am

  96. But then on Day 3 they would have to explain why their explanation on Day 2 was bogus.

    It’s far better to just let people forget.

    Comment by Amphipolis (e01538) — 7/6/2013 @ 11:35 am

  97. I’m shocked that someone (Kevin M@73) commented that I said something very specific which I hadn’t, I asked that person to show me where I said it, he didn’t do so, and nobody called him on it. It is almost like you are quite selective about who is allowed to get away with lying around here. That is so strange.

    Comment by Ian G. (b2d693) — 7/6/2013 @ 12:24 pm

  98. You know, every now and again our resident provocateurs are given a gift. A gift of such obvious mendacity and idiocy perpetrated by their beloveds that no sane person should defend it. If the provocateurs/partisans/trolls could bring themselves to agree, to show an element of respect for the value of truth, and to find some level of fault about that very public bald face lie, they could reclaim at least a sliver of credibility on this blog. This Psaki Kerry deal is one of those gifts. The boat is of minor significance in the big scheme of things. But lying about it is also something for which there is no credible defense.

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 12:45 pm

  99. Sounds like a personal problem, why don’t you take it up with your spiritual adviser?

    Comment by ropelight (0a59a0) — 7/6/2013 @ 12:46 pm

  100. #47
    JD That would be awesome- if being under oath meant anything to John Kerry. If being truthful meant anything to John Kerry. If John Kerry had any honor, much less a sacred honor.
    I did see he seems to have ditched the Livestrong bracelet immediately after his failed 2004 election bid on the “sacred honor” ticket of Kerry -Edwards, so he does know when to get on and off a trite bandwagon.
    Perhaps one of his best political attributes that one… but on a macro scale accepting the Sec State job looks like a massive bandwagon failure… a bandwagon breakdown on a bridge too far.
    Clinton-Rice left the Middle East in a complete mess, Russia disliked Hillary, thinks Obama is an almost dangerous fool and certainly knows what an idiot Kerry is. Iran is laughing, and I am sure China thinks he is great – for their purposes, and finally the Nicaragua-Boliva-Venezuela troika thinks he is at best ineffectual (although they should watch their backs as the weakest of the mockers… Kerry will probably get Obama to surreptitiously order the scuttling of a Bolivian river patrol boat or something else he has expertise in…)

    Comment by SteveG (794291) — 7/6/2013 @ 1:08 pm

  101. Can’t you guys just leave John Kerry alone so he can eat his waffle ?

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 7/6/2013 @ 2:43 pm

  102. Secretary of State Ketchup just cannot cut the mustard.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 7/6/2013 @ 2:44 pm

  103. 73-Link to that comment please, Kevin.

    Damn, but you’re right. It was James Shearer in a thread you were also active on. My apologies for confusing the two of you.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 7/6/2013 @ 4:50 pm

  104. I can hardly wait for the “Office of the Spokesperson” at the State Dept.to let us know if Lurch and his raft made it out to sea.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 7/6/2013 @ 5:19 pm

  105. He may have gotten a sunburn. We need to give this John Kerry person three more purple hearts. Or whatever.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (00fc2d) — 7/6/2013 @ 5:21 pm

  106. It is odd what gets Tye’s panties in a bunch.

    Comment by JD (871bc6) — 7/6/2013 @ 5:48 pm

  107. The rumor is that Miss Psaki is to be tape as Jay Carney’s eventual replacement; perhaps she’s practicing for that position?

    Comment by The snarky Dana (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:40 pm

  108. There was a young woman named Psaki
    Whose last week has been kind of rocky
    But I doubt that this fuss
    Gets her under the bus
    And she’ll emerge from this fairly cocky.

    Comment by The Limerick Avenger (af9ec3) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:44 pm

  109. Well, snarky D– if Jen is set to replace Carnie, at least she’ll have the advantage of starting out her new job being respected by the media for her honesty and transparency.

    *SNORT*

    Comment by elissa (ff048d) — 7/6/2013 @ 6:51 pm

  110. Heh-
    Secretary of State John Kerry fiddles with his rigging while Egypt burns.

    Thank you NY Post headline writer!

    Comment by elissa (1e0054) — 7/6/2013 @ 8:52 pm

  111. On the subject of lying, the BLS has jobs up 195K with full-time positions down 325K.

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/mbs-clobbered-and-treasury-yields-soar.html

    Move along, nothing to see here, folks.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 7/6/2013 @ 10:24 pm

  112. a summary of the week’s events;

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/white_house_down_obama_version.html

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/7/2013 @ 6:18 am

  113. Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/7/2013 @ 6:18 am

    Always follow links by narciso…

    Unfortunately, I think, news from an incompetent administration has become the new norm, like $3.50/gal gas, high unemployment and political squabbling over immigration reform with little shared motivation to actually do something about the problem.

    Yes, President Bush, the American people are starting to miss you (gas was under $2.00/gal, though no one remembers, and the “jobless recovery” under Bush had lower unemployment than Obama’s successes.)

    And Orwell is saying, “Didn’t you learn anything from what I told you”.

    Irony is- a very popular series of books and a movie where the ridiculous overplayed “fashion sense” of the future elite is put on display for ridicule, while the same fans indulge in the same, apparently without realizing it.
    Demi, what did they do to you?
    http://www.demilovato.com/

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 7/7/2013 @ 6:51 am

  114. Yes, President Bush, the American people are starting to miss you

    I recall that opinion polls back around 2006 started to show increasing numbers of Americans believing the country was moving in the wrong direction and were expressing unhappiness about the state of the economy. That was at a time when the basic barometers, including unemployment rates and home sales, were still fairly good. More crucially, Bush’s ratings also were as weak, or actually even weaker, than where Obama’s polling numbers are today.

    I remember wondering at the time what all the hand-wringing was about, since the mess and turmoil of, and details about, Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae still hadn’t occurred or come out yet. More tellingly, Bush didn’t even have all the crud — all the scandals and ineptitude — that is hovering over the current White House.

    So the reality on the ground is now in sync with the attitude of many Americans over 5 years ago. If they think a banana-republic formula is the preferred answer for this society, then be careful of what you wish for, you may get it.

    Comment by Mark (8f17bd) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:14 am

  115. 112. “It represents a serious blow to the mud and wattle ObamaCare construction.”

    Clarice, I love you.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:16 am

  116. Thousands will be rioting for Trayvon before anyone gets off their couch to protest the Celebrity Gay Prostitute.

    Breitbart is reporting VA ABC swooped down on some 20 year-old gal for buying water and cookie dough at a liquor store.

    All sides are now apologizing and want the thing to just be forgotten.

    GLWT. Our government would be hilarious if it weren’t so irrepressibly abominable.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:26 am

  117. Governor Rick Perry just said on Fix News Sunday “People can multitask very well.”

    The question was about how can he hold a press conference tomorrow about his political future while the Texas state legislature is in session. He added that Austin was only 75 miles away. (from San Antonio.)

    Why in San Antonio? I suppose because it’s a bigger media market – 3 times and more the size of Austin. Maybe also because it’s not on Kim Jong Un’s target list?

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:39 am

  118. *Fox News Sunday. The State Department, of course, issued a denial without knowing the facts.

    But most of it looks failyy accurate, albeit carefully worded.

    Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt. 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.

    You know, cell phones work on boats, too.
    /blockquote>

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:43 am

  119. Bungled this again. The words from “You know” and further are mine

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:44 am

  120. The administration shouldn’t be ashamed to admit Kerry was on his yacht. He does less damage to our nation’a foreign policy when he is spending time at leisure compared to when he is hard at work.

    Comment by Joshua (a310ab) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:50 am

  121. Missing the point;

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/reuters-david-rohde-terrible-optics-of-obama-golfing-and-kerry-yachting-after-egypt-events-video/

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/7/2013 @ 11:54 am

  122. They wonder why their confidence is low, in many quarters;

    http://twitchy.com/2013/07/07/shame-on-cnn-cable-nets-cairo-coverage-not-going-over-well-with-many-egyptians-photos/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/7/2013 @ 6:33 pm

  123. Mrs. Teresa Heinz-Kerry was taken by ambulance to a Nantucket hospital and then flown to and admitted in critical condition to Mass. General for an unspecified illness late on Sunday. She is reportedly stabilized but there was no announcement on what may have led to her illness or condition. (Reuters)

    Comment by elissa (95fb63) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:42 pm

  124. I hope she recovers quickly.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:56 pm

  125. She has a history of cancer.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 7/7/2013 @ 7:57 pm

  126. Cancer sucks. Big time.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 7/7/2013 @ 8:00 pm

  127. The last few days have no doubt been unusually stressful due to the Egypt/Psaki debacle. Stress can play havoc on anybody’s body, let alone on someone who has been fighting breast cancer and whose immune system is probably somewhat compromised. She is 74.

    Comment by elissa (95fb63) — 7/7/2013 @ 8:37 pm

  128. I know many have wondered why Kerry wasn’t in Washington given recent events in Egypt, but maybe he went to Nantucket because he knew his wife’s health was deteriorating.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 7/7/2013 @ 8:43 pm

  129. I know many have wondered why Kerry wasn’t in Washington given recent events in Egypt, but maybe he went to Nantucket because he knew his wife’s health was deteriorating.

    Yeah, but at the same time one wonders why a wealthy person in bad health wouldn’t want to stay in Washington, DC, where she would be close to excellent hospitals such as Johns Hopkins or Bethesda. Sure Boston has good hospitals too, but going out to Nantucket in this condition seems to indicate that this illness was completely unexpected, or (Heaven forbid) that she thinks the end is near and wanted to be in a favorite location of hers in her final days.

    Comment by JVW (23867e) — 7/7/2013 @ 11:53 pm

  130. Back at the ranch;

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/08/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE95Q0NO20130708

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/8/2013 @ 3:57 am

  131. Comment by JVW (23867e) — 7/7/2013 @ 11:53 pm

    Mass General in Boston is the main hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Hopkins is a great place, but so is Mass Gen.

    As far as being on Nantucket instead of closer to Boston, you have a fair point.

    But for me it’s not an issue that he was in Nantucket. Hillary was in DC with Benghazi, but didn’t bother to use the phone more than once.

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 7/8/2013 @ 4:03 am

  132. This was an emergency. The family isn’t saying what it is.

    I would think a stroke, but now I heard a seizure. That could like John Roberts (which wasn’t serious) or Ted Kennedy. (which was)

    This could be a reaction to some newly prescribed medication.

    She was listed in critical condition at first.

    Critical condition only refers to the level of minute by minute monitoring I think.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 7/9/2013 @ 12:08 pm

  133. Last word.

    Comment by peedoffamerican (ee1de0) — 7/10/2013 @ 8:13 pm

  134. Nope.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 7/10/2013 @ 8:15 pm

  135. yup

    Comment by peedoffamerican (35b482) — 7/12/2013 @ 12:06 am

  136. Bet?

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 7/12/2013 @ 12:10 am

  137. again

    Comment by peedoffamerican (c1642d) — 7/12/2013 @ 2:06 am

  138. Last!

    Comment by Yoda (c1642d) — 7/12/2013 @ 10:48 pm

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