LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2013—Secretary of State John Kerry found himself on the defensive over the July 4th weekend. While Egyptians were fighting for their very lives and freedom, Kerry was spotted on his 76 foot yacht living the high life. The State Department initially denied he was on his yacht, backtracking only when clear evidence surfaced that he was.
On the surface, Kerry’s behavior amounts to somewhere between a teaspoon in a kerfuffle and a tempot of hullabaloo. This is America, and Kerry has every right to be wealthy.
As Secretary of State, he has every right to enjoy Independence Day. As a citizen, there is nothing illegal about being a plutocrat. Spending time on 76 foot yachts is what plutocrats do, and the fact that John Forbes Chartwell Wellington Atherton Rufus Choate Kerry earned his money by marrying it became irrelevant once the voters rejected him for the Oval Office.
(As of this writing his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry is recovering in the hospital after suffering a malady. All decent Americans pray for her healthy recovery.)
Yes, Kerry is the same man who parked his yacht in a neighboring state to avoid paying Massachusetts taxes. However, hypocrisy does not apply in this situation. His hobby is his business.
Even the perceived optics do not matter. While it looks like Kerry and President Obama were goofing off while the world around them burned, extra slack has to be given because of the holiday. That charge has been made in the past, but this one time it should be dismissed.
The problem is a fundamentally deeper one. If Kerry was doing nothing illegal or even immoral, why did the State Department feel the need to cover up the truth?
Does the State Department tell the truth about anything?
John Kerry was not responsible for Benghazi. That happened when Hillary Clinton had his job. Yet the pattern was the same. Routine questions went unanswered. The truth was shrouded in obfuscation. Accountability and responsibility never saw the light of day until those misleading the public were actually caught doing so.
Four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were left to be murdered by radical Islamists. Hillary Clinton, when asked what caused their deaths, exclaimed “What difference at this point does it make?” As for President Obama, nobody knows where he was that night of September 11, 2012.
It is quite possible that Obama and Kerry were aware of what was going on in Egypt. They have cell phones and internet access on presidential motorcades at the golf course and on the Secretary’s yacht.
The Obama administration has taken some devastating hits to its credibility, and those hits are often justified. Rather than learn, the self-inflicted wounds keep coming.
John Kerry did nothing wrong by spending his time on his property on government holiday. He could have just said that. Instead, the perception of him engaging in sloth on the same holiday when Joey Chestnut is gorging on 69 hot dogs was too much for the image conscious Kerry to bear. The man often accused of haughtiness cared what people thought on the one occasion where that was unnecessary.
This insecurity is one reason why he lost the 2004 election.
His real problem is not his personal image. The entire department he heads is drowning in accusations of corruption, malfeasance, incompetence, and utter indifference to human life.
Fibbing about simple matters of where and how he vacations only compounds the doubts that many Americans have about him, his boss, and the entire State Department.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, and satirist. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.
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