Kerry: Diplomats Offered To Buy My Meals During Government Shutdown

Secretary of state said it hurt America's image overseas

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US Secretary of State John Kerry briefs journalists during a press conference in Nusa Dua in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, on Oct. 5, 2013.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that foreign diplomats poked fun at him during the recent government shutdown by offering to pick up the tab for his meals.

Addressing the liberal think tank Center for American Progress at its 10th anniversary conference, Kerry, who wasn’t paid during the shutdown, said the gridlock hurt America’s image with foreign governments, the Huffington Post reports.

“They are all sizing us up, every day they are taking our measure,” Kerry said. “And what we do in Washington matters deeply to them and that is why a self-inflicted wound like a shutdown we just endured can never happen again.

[Huffington Post]

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Katie62058541
Katie62058541

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AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

 “They are all sizing us up, every day they are taking our measure,” Kerry said. “And what we do in Washington matters deeply to them and that is why a self-inflicted wound like a shutdown we just endured can never happen again."

Oddly, and I say this in all seriousness, the Tea Party types won't care.  I'm sure "f**k 'em" would be the common retort.

Monty
Monty

Come February, it will all start over again.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"Kerry: Diplomats Offered To Buy My Meals During Government Shutdown"


Bet they didn't do that for any of the representatives of poor, third-world countries. How "exceptional" we are.

oddegg69
oddegg69

wonder if they served Heinz ketchup at the meals?

sacredh
sacredh

I'm sure Kerry appreciated the Big Mac and fries.

manlyman
manlyman

Close alphy. The liberals are stuck on this "approval" thing in the eyes of the rest of the world. I have a different take: this is America. The greatest and most powerful nation in all the world. This is how we do things, because it works. We went from nothing to the top in just a couple hundred years, practically overnight when you look at the big picture. We must have done something right. Many of you countries wouldn't exist today were it not for the USA, though you were established a thousand or more years before us. If you enjoy liberty, chances are you have us to thank for it. So this is how it's gonna be. If you continue to want to be in our good graces, and benefit from our liberty and prosperity, you will do things our way, for not only are we the most powerful nation in the world, we are also the most generous. A multitude of our heroes have given their lives over the years so that you and your children could live life in peace and prosperity. You owe us. You wouldn't exist were it not for OUR sacrifices. A great man once uttered the words, "you're either with us or against us". Nothing more needs to be said. "F**k em" may not be the exact words I would use alphy, but yeah, that's the message. And by the way, we survived the shutdown. The best I can tell is that a whole bunch of government employees got a nice long paid vacation with a bonus to boot. A handful of welfare leeches, (or "poor unfortunates" as you would call them), had some difficulties with their ebt cards, which in reality just further demonstrated the perils and consequences of government dependency. What was that statement again, a gov thats big enough and powerful enough to give you everything you need, is also big enough to take it away? Doesn't ring any bells? The shutdown is yesterdays news. A pitiful attempt at a shiny object designed to avert attention from this absolute failure and embarrasing debacle called obamacare, and a host of scandles and outright crimes committed by the most evil regime in our worlds history, bar none. The regime that sits in our whitehouse.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@Monty I would think that even hearing the words muttered has had an impact on Christmas season buying because everyone knows that those bills hit in January and February.  I would hope that the president makes it known that if there is another shutdown, it will include FAA, TSA, and Ports and Borders.  If they want to destroy the economy and knock people out of work, let's do it for them and let the 1.4 million Walmart employees run out of what to sell and no inventory coming in.  It is time for the business community to get some rational candidates in there and if it happens, I'll skip my SS check and lets see how many Tea Party members are satisfied when they don't get theirs. That actually may wake some haters up.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman While I share your view that there is such a thing as American exceptionalism I don't share in the arrogant attitude.  We, the U.S., can and should take great pride for the standard of living we enjoy, how we have been able to rebuild Europe and Japan after WWII, and how we have stood as an example for the world.  But, in very recent years we have strayed far from the standard and example that illustrates our way is the best way.  I barely recognize this nation anymore thanks to the dysfunction due to the ideological party partisanship we see emanating from Washington D.C.

Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, succinctly explains here; http://www.cfr.org/politics-and-strategy/foreign-policy-begins-home/p29767

"Many of the foundations of this country's power are eroding," he warns. "The effect, however, is not limited to a deteriorating transportation system or jobs that go unfilled or overseas owing to a lack of qualified American workers. To the contrary, shortcomings here at home directly threaten America's ability to project power and exert influence overseas, to compete in the global marketplace, to generate the resources needed to promote the full range of US interests abroad, and to set a compelling example that will influence the thinking and behavior of others."

Mr. Haas is talking about getting our own house in order so that we can re-set the standard and be the example in order to project that better influence overseas.  In other words, our image, how others view us, is much more influential and long lasting than drone attacks. 

Perhaps you and the Tea Party don't think this is very important.  If so you would be wrong on several levels.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@manlyman "We went from nothing to the top in just a couple hundred years..."

Right. And about half way through we came withing a hair's breadth of destroying ourselves the last time a third of the country became traitorous b@st@rds and turned against the government of the Unites States because they didn't like the policies of the elected leadership, particularly the elevation of the least among us from their impoverished life of servitude. Psychopath.

manlyman
manlyman

Even obama isn't that stupid arty. You however...

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@manlyman Abraham Lincoln warned us about this some 175 years ago.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

manlyman
manlyman

You're a sick, pathetic little worm sheppy. Sad.