Saturday, June 4, 2011

Twitter queen could be next assistant secretary of state

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney is likely to replace Arturo Valenzuela as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Yahoo! News reporter Laura Rozen wrote last week.
Kenney is prolific on Twitter. She had sent out 4,735 Tweets and had 18,484 followers as of a few seconds ago.
Ernesto Hernandez Busto, creator of the Penultimos Dias blog, also reports that Kenney's appointment is likely.
Rosen wrote that House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Howard Berman recommended committee senior staff member Peter Quilter for the job.
Berman, in a letter to President Obama, wrote:
I am writing to request respectfully that you give the utmost consideration to nominating Peter Quilter, a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee staff, to the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is someone who can manage well American relations with the region while being an exceptionally strong advocate for the vision of change and partnership outlined by Pres. Obama.
Kenny is the former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and Ecuador. Her husband is diplomat William Brownfield, the former U.S. ambassador to Colombia.
Kenney's Twitter page reads: "The real me. Nothing official, just my thoughts :)"
Among her recent Tweets:
  • Great victory for Li Na at the French Open!! You go girl.
  • Bought the wrong memory for the computer :((. Sigh. Thanks 4 all the good suggestions.
  • Thoughtful conversation about politics ended when my moody kitty strolled in. Kitty decided enough chatter.Time 4 all attention to cat
  • time to dust off your singing skills. Karaoke time?!
  • Good morning! iPhone is fixed, sun is out and I am about to have breakfast w a very respected civil society leader. Good start to a Friday
  • Aargh. iphone on the blink. Can tweet only when at desk. Don't expect to hear much from me until iphone fixed.
  • NBA finals Game 2 tomorrow. Will it be the Heat or the Mavs?? I'm sticking with the Heat.
  • Good discussion today with some very plugged in folks. New insights, thoughtful perspectives. Thanks very much - you know who you are.
  • good for you. I have never smoked but my Dad did and we were all happy when he quit :)
  • I am definitely a morning person :))
  • About to have coffee with some civil society folks. Very independent thinkers. Eager to hear their thoughts.
  • Enjoyed a coconut-mango smoothie for breakfast. So good. Starts my day with a smile

Valenzuela is leaving the State Department to return to teaching.

1 comment:

Rich Haney said...

The U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, soon to be Kristie Kenney as the pro-Cuban Jamaica Observer much earlier reported, is equivalent to Cuba's Minister of North American Affairs, a position held by the extremely intelligent and fiercely motivated (to defend Cuba) Josefina Vidal. It's about time the U. S. countered Vidal with not only an intelligent but also a decent and non-self-serving comparable official. An American that didn't cringe when George W. Bush named Otto Reich the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs was and is an American that doesn't care about America or Latin America. Since 1959 the smartest sentence written about Cuba or Latin America was probably written by Penelope Purdy, the editorial writer for the Denver Post: "The U. S. Cuban policy for all these decades has been conducted with the IQ of a salamander." With the selection of Kristie Kenney, Ms. Purdy might finally be encouraged...after all these decades!