September 20, 2013
As if Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t have enough mishegoss in his life, he gets a couple of dope slaps in the local dailies today.
Start with this piece in the Boston Globe:
Despite a number of verbal miscues, John Kerry’s star rising
Statements have at times haunted the new secretary
WASHINGTON — John F. Kerry has a history of speaking his mind, both in speeches and in off-the-cuff remarks. It is a habit that over the course of his long public career has sometimes haunted him.
He became a national figure in 1971, when he said many members of the military in Vietnam, including himself, had committed atrocities, a statement his detractors criticized during his 2004 presidential run. During that failed campaign, he was also accused of being a “flip-flopper” for the clumsy way he explained his votes on Iraq War funding: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
Now, as secretary of state, where carefully articulated positions are the ingredients of successful international diplomacy — and where misstatements of policy or inartful comments can reverberate through foreign capitals — Kerry has made several remarks this year that his staffers have been forced to clarify or disavow.
Speaking of clarify or disavow, there’s this facewash from the Boston Herald’s Inside Track:
The Kerry folks insist that Long Jawn hasn’t had any work done (“That’s not a denial, that’s a fact”), but others beg to differ.
“He had a ton of fat grafting into his lower face,” said Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston University Medical Center. “If you look at his face before, he was very gaunt. The side of his cheeks were sunken in and hollow.”
Spiegel didn’t think much of the work the secretary of state had done, either.
“He’s been a little over-injected, I would say . . . “
July 6, 2013
For two days now the Boston Herald has been on Nantucket John Kerry like Brown on Williamson over his paddling while Egypt burns.
Yesterday’s front page:
Today Kerry just got the top of Page One:
But the feisty local tabloid gave Long Jawn a good working-over on page two.
Experts: John Kerry’s credibility could sink with boat flap
John F. Kerry’s credibility took on more water on the second day of his Nantucket vacation flap, as the State Department backed off its initial denial the embattled secretary of state was yachting during the Egyptian military coup — and President Obama tweeted a photo of himself kayaking in a hat, sunglasses and polo shirt.
The Herald reported yesterday that Kerry spent the Fourth of July cavorting on his island getaway even as chaos from the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rocked Egypt.
The State Department also conceded that yes, Kerry “was ‘briefly’ aboard his $7 million luxury craft, the Isabel, on the day of the coup, after previously insisting the yacht sighting was ‘completely inaccurate.'”
Crosstown at Boston Globe the only thing Kerry got was let off the hook. Page One:
But here’s the best – and most lenient – part of the piece (note the choice of “on a yacht” vs. “on his yacht”):
Meanwhile, the Kerry camp was sidetracked by a self-inflicted wound after a State Department spokeswoman initially denied that Kerry had been on a yacht in Nantucket while Egypt was undergoing its latest revolution. The spokeswoman on Friday retracted her denial, which led to the image of Kerry on his yacht getting even more attention. The criticism came from predictably partisan quarters, but still it was a distraction at a critical time.
Hey, Heraldniks: You gonna take that lying down?
December 16, 2012
It’s no secret that the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald inhabit entirely different political landscapes here in the Bay State.
Exhibit Umpteen: Their respective takes on who might succeed Sen. John Kerry (D-Reporting for Due-ty) if he gets what is widely regarded as a well-deserved nod for Secretary of State.
From Saturday’s Boston Globe piece by Glen Johnson:
A number of US House members, including Representatives Edward J. Markey and Michael Capuano, are also possible Democratic candidates in a special election.
From Friday’s much more expansive Boston Herald column by Howie Carr:
That’s what you now see when you try to access the Herald website. Except none of the links – Full Site, Basic Mobile Site, Get App – actually link (at least not at 1:39 Saturday morning).
Luckily, the hardtyping staff is one of the Herald’s up to 17 home delivery subscribers, so we can tell you that this is what Carr wrote:
Let’s go down the congressional list. Ed Markey’s wanted this seat since 1984, but he could never risk his safe seat, lest he lose and starve to death. One of his only jobs in the Dreaded Private Sector was driving an ice cream truck. Now Mr. Frosty will have a free shot.
Ditto, Mike Capuano. He’s morphed from an unrepentant Somerville hack into a twitchy, MoveOn mouthbreather. Remember his exhortations to his union thugs on the Common about spilling a little blood?
The hardguessing staff anticipates more than a little blood in what looks like an inevitable Senate bakeoff.