Photo of the Day: Secretary Kerry Swears-in Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones

— By Domani Spero


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry officiates at the swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Ambassador-Designate to Libya Deborah Jones at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2013. With Ambassador Jones is Chris Gooch, the youngest member of the current A-100 class. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Secretary Kerry officiated the swearing-in ceremony of Ambassador-designate to Libya Deborah Jones, and also gave a brief remarks.

-06/11/13  Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Benjamin Franklin Room; Washington, DC

Ambassador Jones:

“Unfortunately, as the Secretary noted, my biological family could not be here with me today. We had a wonderful week all together earlier this month, celebrating my youngest daughter’s graduation from high school, and now the girls are out west spending precious time with their dad, who is on leave from his post in Islamabad.
Swearing-in ceremonies are akin to weddings. Normally, your first is elaborate and large. Your second, a small gathering before the justice of the peace – (laughter) – wiser and more sober about the nature of the journey upon which you are about to embark. So why the hoopla today? Because our family needed it; our State Department family needed it. It is the weddings, with their optimism and promise of new life, that get us through the moments of grief that life invariably presents….”

The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Jones nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Libya on May 23, 2013.