— Domani Spero
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Following the “chickenshit”flap, Mark Lander’s WH piece on October 29 via the NYT also includes the following:
Mr. Kerry is vocal and forceful in internal debates, officials said, but he frequently gets out of sync with the White House in his public statements. White House officials joke that he is like the astronaut played by Sandra Bullock in the movie “Gravity,” somersaulting through space, untethered to the White House.
Aides to Mr. Kerry reject that portrait, saying he dials into White House meetings from the road and is heavily involved in the policy process.
So then the Business Insider made this:
White House officials say John Kerry is lost in space like Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’ http://t.co/lczoFB4v2i pic.twitter.com/IfSd06Ldtx
— BI MIL/DEF (@BI_Defense) October 29, 2014
We can’t help but wonder what’s going on over at the White House.
@BI_Defense Jeez, have they run out of brake fluid over there? — Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) October 30, 2014
Yup, you’re careening wildly all over the place, and undermining very publicly this administration’s Secretary of State, and you think there will be no consequences because it’s just a joke? Didn’t you stop to consider that foreign ministries around the world may start questioning just how “untethered” the Secretary is to the White House and that it could impact how they deal with him or his agency?
For Baracksakes, adult supervisors need to please step on the brakes here!
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Oops, what did the WH say?
.@PressSec, per WH pool: #SecKerry, like Sandra Bullock’s astronaut in Gravity, “has circled the globe many times to advance U.S. interests”
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) October 30, 2014
Worth noting in @JeffreyGoldberg‘s piece: John Kerry hasn’t written off Bibi. Has taken more abuse than any US official, with little rancor
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) October 29, 2014
Today, Secreatry Kerry was at the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum.
John Kerry: “I don’t know who these anonymous people are who keep getting quoted in things.” http://t.co/xnt95W5I4Y #classic
— Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) October 30, 2014
It’s the fate of the Secretary of State to be the perpetual outsider, unless you’re someone like Henry Kissinger, and bring the inside with you.