He’s baaack. Formerly one of Congress’s most colorful tweeters, Secretary of State John Kerry is taking charge of his own Twitter account — with the State Department’s permission, of course.
And he’s so excited, he invented his own hashtag.
The last we really heard from Kerry on his own account was a picture of him testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he used to chair — to take on his current role as secretary of State.
a new perspective from the witness table http://t.co/kWkR7xYg— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 24, 2013
Then everything changed. His next tweet, months later, redirects his more than 96,000 followers to track the State Department’s official account instead.
Kerry is, to put it mildly, a man on a mission. His first year running State brought notable diplomatic accomplishments, including the first-ever partial freeze of Iran’s nuclear program and a deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons and avoid military action. He’s apparently taking that diplomatic engagement online — opening himself up, already, to comments and questions from Twitter users about the Iran deal and the Benghazi attack.
Before Kerry abandoned his personal account, his tweets were an assortment of the serious (urging support for the Disabilities Treaty); the food-oriented (mentioning Friendly’s, Dunkin Donuts, Steak and Shake); and the random (modified tweets about Sen. Marco Rubio’s dearth of hair).
On debate night last October between Obama and Mitt Romney — whom he played in debate practice — Kerry tweeted a screen grab from the 1973 movie The Exorcist to describe his feelings.
He also took jabs at Romney’s foreign policy experience.
Mitt apparently had no binders on foreign policy— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) October 23, 2012
And he has tweeted pictures of himself, nostalgic for Massachusetts at a Dunkin Donuts.
at dunkin donuts here in boca/feels like I’m at home in MA pic.twitter.com/MOWCrAba— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) October 23, 2012
Kerry even embraces his own randomness.
A little random, yet on pt”“there are worse epitaphs! MT @AlexShowerman I’ve come to enjoy ur tweets. A little random, yet on pt. Keep it up— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) December 12, 2012
We’ll know soon whether the 70-year-old Kerry will be more buttoned-up on Twitter in his current role.
For now, though, godspeed. #JKTweetsAgain
What We're Following See More »
The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this morning by a 375-34 vote. The bill, which heads to the Senate next week for final consideration, would fund the military to the tune of $618.7 billion, "about $3.2 billion more than the president requested for fiscal 2017. ... The White House has issued a veto threat on both the House and Senate-passed versions of the bill, but has not yet said if it will sign the compromise bill released by the conference committee this week."
"Republicans have elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) the next chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden defeated Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Joe Barton (R-TX), the former committee chairman, in the race for the gavel" to succeed Michgan's Fred Upton.
"Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that would limit deportations" under President-elect Donald Trump. Leading the effort are Judiciary Committee members Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is also expected to sign on.
Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as his secretary of defense, according to The Washington Post. Mattis retired from active duty just four years ago, so Congress will have "to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law that states secretaries of defense must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years." The official announcement is likely to come next week.