— Domani Spero
Via state.gov: “Secretary Kerry Bids Goodbye to Senator Whitehouse After Completing Final Trip of First Year in Office.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on February 2, 2014, after he hitched a ride on the Secretary’s airplane on the flight back to Andrews Air Force Base from the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The trip was the final one of Kerry’s first year in office, during which time he spoke domestically, visited all major State Department agencies, and traveled across 327,000 miles to engage in diplomacy in 39 countries. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
On February 4, in celebration of this one year anniversary, the State Department apparently allowed him back on Twitter.
“It only took a year but @StateDept finally let me have my own @Twitter account,” he tweeted from @JohnKerry, his account that has been dormant since April last year.
This is a good thing. Since State folks have all been instructed to send the Secretary only “policy-related questions” during his town hall meetings at State, perhaps now you can ask him non-policy questions on Twitter. Didn’t you always want to know who scoops Ben’s poop — a junior diplomat or a DS agent?
This could be fun! Unless, of course, you’ve got a Department Notice also with instructions not to ask @JohnKerry questions in 140 characters?
Don’t worry. Maybe on his second anniversary at State, Secretary Kerry will be allowed to do AMA on Reddit. Now, not even Secretary Clinton did that!
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- Listening Post: In the Scripted World of Diplomacy, a Burst of Tweets (nytimes.com)
- Active and Improvising, Kerry Is Taking on Tough Problems (nytimes.com)
- How Kerry’s first year travels stack up (kansas.com)
- Diplomacy a contact sport in Kerry’s first year (bostonherald.com)
- Kerry says ‘no’ to 2016 (politico.com)
- Secretary of State John Kerry Is Back on Twitter (defenseone.com)