Kristie Kenney was our media-savvy ambassador to the Philippines from 2006-2010. During that time, we have seen her do the papaya dance, and joined Wowowee. She also did Shall We Dance in 2009 to the delight of her host country nationals. We followed her in Under the Sea and More and when she did her Thanksgiving in the Philippines. She had an official blog carried by america.gov at that time, and when she departed the Philippines in 2010, she said goodbye online and tweeted and blogged her farewell.
Ambassador Kenney has a personal Twitter account followed by some 12,000 fans and is listed 345 times. But here’s the thing — the Filipinos can’t seem to quit her. Really. Her Pinoy pals still follow her in between assignment and on to Bangkok. Even when she already had a successor in place at the US Embassy in Manila. Now, how about that?
Ambassador Kenney was nominated on July 19, 2010 by President Barack Obama to be the US Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 29, 2010. She got to Bangkok this weekend but days before her arrival, the US Embassy Thailand posted a video greeting from Ambassador Kenney and on January 5 announced a foodie contest in Facebook. You tell them your favorite Thai dish and where to eat it through FB posts and the top three comments that get the most “Likes” will get a chance to meet Ambassador Kristie Kenney in person.
We note that US Embassy Bangkok’s Facebook page got a bump in fans the last several days (the last 24 hours alone, it gained some 300+ fans). The embassy is also on Twitter (mostly in Thai) and have photos online on Flickr.