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John Kerry
John Kerry
Born into the wealthy Forbes family, John Kerry acquired additional wealth by marrying Julia Thorne and Teresa Heinz.

Kerry sometimes mingles with the hoi polloi when venturing out on his snowboard or wind surf board.
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John Kerry Quotes
Speaking about the two French terrorist attacks in 2015, Secretary of State attempted to justify the actions of targeted attacks.
“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of, not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”
John Kerry, November 17, 2015 Audio and/or video clip available

While denying the growing threat in the Middle East, John Kerry lashed out at people questioning global warming.
“Science tells us that gravity exists, and no one disputes that. So when science tells us that our climate is changing and humans beings are largely causing that change, by what right do people stand up and just say, ‘Well, I dispute that’ or ‘I deny that elementary truth?'”
John Kerry, March 12, 2015

Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry confused many by claiming terrorists were created from seeing people eat at fancy restaurants.
“In some cases, they may come from a lost job or from the contrast between one family’s empty dinner plate and a fancy restaurant’s lavish menu.”
John Kerry, February 19, 2015

Speaking about Iranian nuclear negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry refused to confirm if there were gaps, then immediately confirmed there were gaps.
“I’m not going to confirm whether or not there’s a gap or not a gap, or where the gaps are. There obviously are gaps.”
John Kerry, November 24, 2014

In a confusing statement at a press conference, Secretary of State John Kerry said the only way to contain Ebola was to continue flights and leave borders open.
“All of these things are frankly urgent in order to be able to quickly move to contain the spread of Ebola. We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa and we need borders to remain open.”
John Kerry, October 8, 2014

Speaking in Vienna, Austria, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted he doesn't agree with American Exceptionalism.
“I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are, not because we’re not exceptional, but because it’s kind of in-your-face and a lot of other people are exceptional, a lot of other places do exceptional things.”
John Kerry, July 14, 2014

Speaking at the GLIFAA Pride Event, Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to hire ambassadors not on the content of their character, but based upon their sexual orientation.
“I’m working hard to ensure that by the end of my tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors in our ranks as well.”
John Kerry, June 19, 2014

Speaking at the GLIFAA Pride Event, John Kerry discussed how transgender outreach was his priority as Secretary of State.
“We have instructed our posts to report on and perform outreach to transgender communities in countries. In addition, we have instructed our human rights and health officers to raise transgender issues in their host countries, and we have encouraged our public affairs officers to include the needs of transgender groups in their programming, so that we are showing that this is something that we’re going to engage in.”
John Kerry, June 19, 2014

While boring students to death at a Boston College commencement speech, Secretary of State John Kerry didn't seem to think destroying lives and entire sectors of the economy was a big deal if global warming provisions were passed and proven unnecessary.
“If we make the necessary efforts to address this challenge – and supposing I’m wrong or scientists are wrong, 97 percent of them all wrong – supposing they are, what’s the worst that can happen?”
John Kerry, May 19, 2014

Speaking to the trilateral commission, Secretary of State John Kerry essentially said Israel was on its way to becoming an 'apartheid state.'
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative - because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens, or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”
John Kerry, April 25, 2014

Speaking in Indonesia, Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry claimed climate change was a weapon of mass destruction.
“In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
John Kerry, February 16, 2014

When questioned by Congressman McCaul about the alleged terrorist rebel forces Kerry wants the United States to fight for, Kerry claimed they were moderates.
“I just don't agree that a majority are al Qaeda and the bad guys. That's not true. There are about 70,000 to 100,000 oppositionists ... Maybe 15 percent to 25 percent might be in one group or another who are what we would deem to be bad guys. There is a real moderate opposition that exists. General Idriss is running the military arm of that.”
John Kerry, September 4, 2013

Speaking on Meet the Press, Secretary of State John Kerry compared Bashar Assad, a man he used to privately dine with and allegedly called is dear friend, to Hitler.
“Bashar Assad now joins a list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein who’ve used these weapons in time of war.”
John Kerry, September 1, 2013 Audio and/or video clip available

As the evidence and reasoning for attacking Syria fell apart, Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry claimed it was getting stronger.
“So each day that goes by, this case is even stronger.”
John Kerry, September 1, 2013 Audio and/or video clip available

In an interview with Hamid Mir of Geo TV, Secretary of State John Forbes \'Liveshot\' Kerry attempted to spin the coup in Egypt as the military restoring democracy.
“ The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descendance into chaos, into violence. And the military did not take over, to the best of our judgment so – so far. To run the country, there’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”
John Kerry, August 1, 2013

Once again pretending to be a big Red Sox fan, Secretary of State John Kerry confused a long running Fenway Park tradition of singing the upbeat Neil Diamond hit Sweet Caroline with the downboat accoustic Elliott Smith song.
“[I] also want to thank, you know this is unusual, but a couple of days ago, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees posted the Boston Red Sox logo and they sang Sweet Adeline during, after the third inning I think.”
John Kerry, April 18, 2013 Audio and/or video clip available

In his first major speech as Secretary of State, John Forbes Kerry praised his diplomats for their service in the fictional country Kyrzakhstan.
“They fight corruption in Nigeria, they support the rule of law in Burma, they support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia.”
John Kerry, February 20, 2013 Audio and/or video clip available

In yet another classic John Kerry flip flop, Senator Kerry was in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad, before Secretary of State Kerry was against him.
“So my judgment is that Syria will move. Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it.”
John Kerry, March 16, 2011 Audio and/or video clip available


“Can I get out of here, please?”
John Kerry, July 26, 2010


“Let's get this very straight. I said consistently we will pay our taxes, we've always paid our taxes, it is not an issue, period.”
John Kerry, July 26, 2010 Audio and/or video clip available

Asked for comment for freeing George Reissfelder, who later reportedly was involved in the largest art theft in history, John Kerry claimed he was proud of what he did.
“George was no angel. But after 15 years lost in prison for a murder he didn't commit, we got justice, and I'll go to my grave proud that we did.”
John Kerry, 2009

Asked for comment for freeing George Reissfelder, who later reportedly was involved in the largest art theft in history, John Kerry claimed he was proud of what he did, and that he had no idea about where the paintings went.
“I don't know if those paintings ended up on eBay, but I do know they're not on my walls.”
John Kerry, 2009

When trying to protect Presidential candidate Barack Obama's record on Iraq, John Kerry dismissed Obama's swaying as a favor.
“I know that he was asked on several occasions how he would have voted and he said he would have voted against it. He tried to protect John Edwards and me when he was in Boston, but he had previously said he would have voted against it.”
John Kerry, March 4, 2008 Audio and/or video clip available

While speaking at Pasadena City College, Kerry made an interesting comment about the military.
“You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.”
John Kerry, October 30, 2006 Audio and/or video clip available

In a sporting goods store in Ohio, Ivy League educated Presidential candidate John Kerry attempted to mingle with the hoi polloi.
“Can I get me a hunting license here?”
John Kerry, October 16, 2004

While campaigning in Wisconsin, Presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry pretended to be a Green Bay Packers fan.
“You're looking at the biggest cheesehead in America. Here I am.”
John Kerry, October 2004

Asked by Diane Sawyer about how his windsurfing hobby appeared to be elite, Presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry talked about the hoi polloi that accompany him.
“Well, they ought to go talk to a lot of guys who enjoy doing the windsurfing. And the guys I go with are, you know, regular folks, they're carpenters, and electricians, guys who work on the island.”
John Kerry, September 29, 2004

After the closing of the Republican convention, Presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry struggled with counting.
“I have five words for America: This is your wake up call.”
John Kerry, September 3, 2004

Presidential candidate and big Red Sox fan John Forbes Kerry attempted to talk baseball. Of course, he couldn't get the terminology correct, nor the actual feat (it was 3.5 games).
“Tonight in America, something very important in the fabric of our life took place. Very, very important. The Red Sox pulled to two-and-a-half games out of the Yankees. Now, I think that’s important”
John Kerry, September 3, 2004


“We just came from Bowling Green, and I was smart enough not to pick a choice between the Falcons and the, you know … all the other teams out there. I just go for Buckeye football, that’s where I’m coming out.”
John Kerry, August 1, 2004

In trying to show how big of a Red Sox fan he was, John Kerry attempted to name some players, such as Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
“I tell ya. Uh, Manny Ortez, and uh you know, Manny Ortez, David Ortez.”
John Kerry, July 12, 2004


“I actually did vote for the 87 billion dollars, before I voted against it.”
John Kerry, March 16, 2004 Audio and/or video clip available

Apparently Senator John Forbes Kerry wants to teach people a new language called Muslim.
“The obligation of the United States government is to rapidly internationalize the effort in Iraq, get the target off of American troops, bring other people, particularly Muslim-speaking and Arab-speaking Muslim troops, into the region.”
John Kerry, July 2003

Then Presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry decided to compare the Bush administration to Saddam Hussein.
“What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States.”
John Kerry, April 3, 2003

Not thinking the press was present, Senator John Kerry made an off color joke about President-elect George H. W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dan Quayle.
“Somebody told me the other day that the Secret Service has orders that if George Bush is shot, they're to shoot Quayle.”
John Kerry, November 16, 1988

With the running joke about Senator John Kerry being that he was Irish only every 6 years, including his non-Irish-self in a statement about the Irish only added fuel to the fire.
“For those of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great pride in the contributions that Irish-Americans...”
John Kerry, March 18, 1986

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a few months before running for Congress, John Forbes Kerry made some serious accusations about his fellow Vietnam Veterans.
“They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.”
John Kerry, April 22, 1971 Audio and/or video clip available

In his infinite wisdom, John Kerry remarked that the Big Dig project would be a bargain. The price tag from the project subsequently ballooned from $2.8 billion to $22 billion.
“This tunnel will be a bargain.”
John Kerry, Unknown Date

According to staffers, John Kerry referred to Syrian President Bashar Assad as his dear friend after going for a motorcycle ride with him.
“My dear friend”
John Kerry, Unknown Date

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