Thursday, February 21, 2013
John Kerry threatens to bore the world to death with excruciating first speech as Secretary of State
John Kerry kicked off his tenure as Secretary of State with a lecture at the University of Virginia in which he calls the US congress a bigger threat than emerging China or Middle East instability. The UK Telegraph's Nile Gardiner:
Kerry has ended up in Foggy Bottom instead of the Pentagon, but if President Obama’s plan is to bore America’s allies to death he’s clearly succeeding. The former Senator’s first speech as Secretary of State, delivered earlier today at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, was so excruciating that students were probably pleading to be released. It has to be one of the dullest lectures on record by a senior U.S. official, making Madeleine Albright’s speeches sound like the Gettysburg Address in comparison. Not only was it exceptionally lethargic, it was also full of badly written clichés put together by a speechwriting team that would be better suited to penning obituaries for The New York Times.