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Kerry Commends Abbas on His Tie

by Keith Koffler on March 21, 2013, 9:40 am

Secretary of State John Kerry showed off to the world his subtle diplomatic skills today when he complimented Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on his tie.

Abbas today wearing his killer tie

Abbas earlier today sporting his killer tie

“Nice tie, Mr. President,” Kerry said as he, Abbas and President Obama waited for the press to be rolled in to witness a pre-meeting photo op at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah.

No, this is not satire.

It takes knowledge not only of international relations and Palestinian sensibilities but a real sense of fashion to come up with such a line. I can’t imagine than any of the world’s great diplomats, from Talleyrand to Kissinger, would have been able to produce such pitch-perfect insincere flattery.

There was no word on the response from Abbas, who was not really known as a style icon until today. No doubt JC Penney and The Tie Barn will be sold out of Mr. Abbas’s neckpiece within hours.

So Kerry, who recently dreamed up the country of Kyrzakhstan, is off to a good start solving the Middle East peace crisis.

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Scottso March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

Keith, don’t say “killer tie” to a guy with blood on his hands like Abbas does.

Of course it would have been great if Kerry was doing a Rodney Dangerfield impression from Candyshack:
Al Czervik [Dangerfield]: Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?
[looks at Judge Smails, who's wearing the same hat]
Al Czervik: Oh, it looks good on you though.

Playrighter March 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

We should remember that to Obama / Kerry / Napolitano there are no terrorists, there is no war on terrorism, and there can be no victors or losers.

Thus: “Nice tie”.

redhawk March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

Now for Kerry to go that DEEP into Comments must have taxied his two live brain cells into a Demanding Task…

TexBill March 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

I thought “Nice Tie” was code for calling someone an axxhxxe.

redhawk March 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

it takes one to recognize another… Go Lerch you are off and Running for IDIOT of the Year!

Wadi March 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

You are correct, Tex!

Victor Laszlo March 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

Kerry may be suffering from mid-onset dementia or, perhaps, he’s just an idiot and no one wants to admit it.

M E Schmidlen March 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

Oh, I’m quite certain there are MANY people who will readily admit he’s in search of his village…

Morefandave March 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

Why do you think he invokes Americans’ right to be stupid? He was looking out for himself.

srdem65 March 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

Perhaps there is some secret diplomatic ploy at play here when the Sec of State admires another man’s tie. Such an odd comment would confuse the tie wearer and demean him at the same time. Clever.

Or, SoSKerry is just another Dem political hack in way over his head and prone to verbal gaffes like so many others in the Obama administration.

Danceswithtruth March 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Maybe he and Biden are first cousins.

Susan March 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Wouldn’t doubt if they’re first cousins. There is a lot of intermarriage among the ruling class. Even PM Netanyahu noticed the incestuous relationship between Preezy Revenge and his lapdogs in the press. Can’t get much more incestuous than the brother of his chief foreign policy speechwriter running CBS News. That’s probably how his chief foreign policy speechwriter still has a job, because it sure isn’t because of his speech writing skills.

gracepmc March 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

Kerry does not disappoint.

Daisy March 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

Kerry is not only a complete coward, he’s also a horse’s you know what.

KmikeB March 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

No doubt Mr. Abbas has Mrs. Arafat shopping for him in Paris thanks to the billions she and her now dead / exhumed husband stole from the Palestinian people.

RightStuff March 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

Kerry is an embarrassment to me personally, and he will be an embarrassment to the whole country in short time. The man is an immature person who has never really had any responsibility for even himself. The Democrat party is full of a bunch of juvenile delinquents, and the citizens of this country aren’t mature enough to know it. They just keep electing them to office.

MichelleIndependent March 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Kerry lives off the wealth of the Heinz family.

Sadie March 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

Exactly how many Joe Biden’s do you need to make “idiot quota”?

Lynn II March 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

LOL…Kerry floundered around looking for something, anything, complimentary to say to Abu Mazen….that was all he could come up with. LOL

RickW March 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

Lynn, I expected him to say “I served in Vietnam, you know”

Lynn II March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

When did Abbas become a member of the SEIU

Autoamerican March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Clearly, John Kerry’s mother, Theresa Heinz, did not raise him right. Send this little boy home and make him sit in the corner.

“Why the long face, John?”
–Sarah Palin.


Lizzy March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Mrs Ketchup cut off cowardly Kerry’s allowance and he was fishing for some
free souvenirs of his vacation I mean diplomatic mission.

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I think Teresa would prefer if you would spell it c-a-t-s-u-p.

Lizzy March 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Oh my what a faux pas….:-(. Oops.

Retired 82 March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Oh Boy, are we in trouble.
Earliest RELIEF begins 4 November 2014.

Car in March 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

Between Obama’s “Happy to be here” goofus intro and this ?

Our country is in the best of hands.

Shofar March 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

Op-Ed from the JPost, 3/19 – “Obama’s mysterious visit”

Israelis wondering why the heck he is even there.

DeniseVB March 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

So are we :D

Star March 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

I wish someone could come along behind Obama on these jaunts and apologize on behalf of many of us.

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

We shouldn’t apologize for him: we should clearly and definitively disown him.

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

“He’s trying to sell us the same used car again.” Jerusalem Post

blackirishblonde March 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

John Kerry and his tie remark is nothing compared to what OUR President said to the world today.
“There was a time when my daughters did not have the same opportunities as somebody else’s daughters”: Obama cites America’s racially-divided past as he urges Palestinian leader Abbas to return to peace talks with Israelis~~ just when was that, Mr. President? Could you give us just one example?

I am so angry, how dare you go overseas and talk about MY Great Country like this~~~Our President’s daughters have always been daughters of privilege (deluxe vacations, private schools etc.). In contrast millions of Americans have no choice for their daughters, precisely because of Obama’s policies which limit our freedoms in so many areas of life. I have had enough of this man.
p.s. One question Mr. President “How do you feel about Sharia Law??”.

Kevin March 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Excellent! Sad that his daughters are brought up beliving that the way to wealth is sucking off the goverment dole! Not exactly the “father of the year” type!

Morefandave March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am


Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Two thumbs and two big toes up!

srdem65 March 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

The time when his daughters didn’t have the same opportunities as other people’s daughters was when they lived in Chicago and he didn’t have a job.

Lizzy March 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Can you imagine what those two girls will grow up believing? They remind me of Fergie and Andrews two girls living off the country and
all they do is party, drink and travel sound familar?

redhawk March 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

OK… Jon EFFEN Carry is more pathetic than even FACT FREE BIZZARROBAMA…What aFreaking IDIOT we got… Hillary was Stuoid, and a Coward and a liar… this Cro Magnon type is just STUCK on IDIOT!

MichelleIndependent March 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

SOS John Kerry acts more like comedian Jim Carrey.

Fred Allen Barton Sr. March 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

The stuffed shirt does it again……………………….No surprise, I’m sure, to anyone!

Girly1 March 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

Grey Poupon or Heimz Catsup, Mr. Abbas?

SEIUuniformmonitor March 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

That’s my job.

Kevin March 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

John Kerry should have just pulled out his case of “purple hearts” and given on to Abbas.

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

Kerry does think ties are important. He wore a green tie on his own trip to the ME a few weeks ago, green, the beloved color of Islam an jihad. Maybe he thinks Abbas was wearing a blue tie as a nice nod to Israel. Not. It’s amazing how such small time pr moves are so important to this bunch. That’s all they have. No policy.

DeniseVB March 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Does NO ONE in Obama’s adminstration have a protocol assistant ? Whenever I read about someone overseas (especially the first family) gaffing it up, I see no hints of preparation for the country they’re visiting. It reflects poorly on own country :(

AZ Granny March 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

It was crazy that Obama took that magnolia tree to plant in Israel, completely disregarding their import/quarantine laws. Too bad they didn’t quarantine him along with the tree.

Lizzy March 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Should have planted the tree and quarantined Obama he’s far more a

DeniseVB March 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I guess they’re going to let the tree stay put.

Quarantine laws are usually the first thing you check when travelling with a 12 foot tree, eh? Obama’s grew up in Hawaii, he should have known better. I know they give Bo the dog a pass for vacays, which for the “commoner” family, usually requires a 4-6 month quarantine.

Lizzy March 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Well the times are changing my cousin married a Brit and when she
moved he had to be chipped and have all his shots but Mr Dusty and
his mom arrived together and he wasn’t quarantined. They love dogs in England he’s even allowed in some pubs and he gets treats
and a pint on occassion:-)

ANONTDH March 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

Kissinger, US intelligence community endorse “World Without Israel”

[Editor's note: The source for the alleged US intelligence community report Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East, Franklin Lamb, has not yet responded to requests to authenticate the report's existence. Gordon Duff, Editor of Veterans Today, states that he has contacted sources in the intelligence agencies that supposedly wrote the report. These sources categorically deny its existence. Common sense supports Duff: What intelligence agency personnel could get away with telling this much truth in an official document?! So what we may have here is a two-part psy-op, designed as a fund-raiser for Israel, that backfired. The Israelis love to raise money for AIPAC, the ADL and their other front organizations, by panicking wealthy Jewish donors: "GIVE US MONEY NOW OR ISRAEL IS DOOMED!" But they're reaching the point of diminishing returns, like the proverbial boy who cried "wolf!" In today's world, when the Zionists try to squeeze money out of Jewish pockets by screaming "ISRAEL IS DOOMED" the only reaction they get is an overwhelming roar of approval of Israel's impending demise from around the globe.]

Henry Kissinger and sixteen American intelligence agencies agree that in the near future, Israel will no longer exist.

By Kevin Barrett,
Press TV
Sep 30, 2012

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been vilified in the Western media for daring to imagine “a world without Israel.” But according to news reports, Henry Kissinger and sixteen American intelligence agencies agree that in the near future, Israel will no longer exist. The New York Post quotes Kissinger “word for word”: “In 10 years, there will be no more Israel”.

Kissinger’s statement is flat and unqualified. He is not saying that Israel is in danger, but could be saved if we just gave it additional trillions of dollars and smashed enough of its enemies with our military. He is not saying that if we elect Netanyahu’s old friend Mitt Romney, Israel could somehow be salvaged. He is not saying that if we bomb Iran, Israel might survive. He is not offering a way out. He is simply stating a fact: In 2022, Israel will no longer exist.

The US Intelligence Community agrees, though perhaps not on the precise 2022 expiration date. Sixteen US intelligence agencies with a combined budget over USD70 billion have issued an 82-page analysis titled “Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.” The US intelligence report observes that the 700,000 Israeli settlers illegally squatting on land stolen in 1967 – land that the entire world agrees belongs to Palestine, not Israel – are not going to pack up and leave peacefully. Since the world will never accept their ongoing presence on stolen land, Israel is like South Africa in the late 1980s.

The extremist Likud coalition governing Israel, according to the US intelligence report, is increasingly condoning and supporting rampant violence and lawlessness by illegal settlers. The report states that the brutality and criminality of the settlers, and the growing apartheid-style infrastructure including the apartheid wall and the ever-more-draconian system of checkpoints, are indefensible, unsustainable, and out of synch with American values.

The sixteen US intelligence agencies agree that Israel cannot withstand the coming pro-Palestinian juggernaut consisting of the Arab Spring, the Islamic Awakening, and the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In the past, dictatorships in the region kept a lid on the pro-Palestinian aspirations of their people. But those dictatorships began to topple with the fall of the pro-Israel Shah of Iran in 1979 and the establishment of a democratic Islamic Republic, whose government had little choice but to reflect its people’s

MajorTom March 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

Gaza. The clown-car stops. Obama and Kerry get out. Another rousing sucess.

Next stop, North Korea.

We’re doomed….

Bubba Johnson March 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

Funny – Romney goes to Europe, and he’s a gaffe machine, a buffoon, and embarrassment to the U.S. This dope, Kerry, goes overseas, and he’s brilliant. Got it!

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This is real 1984 stuff.

JBH March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

Add this to his comment the other day about how the Earth could have been called the Ocean. There is a whole lot of dumb ass in this administration.

jame fiske March 21, 2013 at 11:47 am


Regina March 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

i’m glad we have another dumb ass.

Susan March 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

His tie is purple. The color of royalty and SEIU. Not surprised Lurch the statist admired it.

Star March 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I heard they fired rockets into Israel. Would this be the closest the president came to danger or combat?

Otis Driftwood March 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

then he can say he was under fire just like Hillary was years ago. He might need a vacation after this.

Rod March 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Yet none dare call his comment a gaffe. It must have been the botox, clouding what’s left of Joan Kerry’s mind.

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I’m sure that’s not a typo. : – ))

Rod March 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Never has been (a typo) – it’s the nicest way I can think of to refer to the blowhard Kerry without making reference to “lady parts.”

Julie Brueckheimer March 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm


CmonMann March 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

the guy’s a real peach.

in other news, Obama and the Palestinians held a press conference, and without a teleprompter, O got smoked…


ImNoDhimmi March 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Is that the press conference where Barry compared the Israeli – Palestine conflict to relations between the USA and Canada?

Trochilus March 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

According to the Urban Dictionary, “Nice Tie!” is a general complimentary expression meaning:

“anything cool, hip, exotic, sexy, or fashionable. can be used for women or men, objects or locations.”

Meh! Sounds to me like — arising out of this diplomatic incident — the UD really needs a new definition . . . one that means pretty much the opposite of that, i.e.:

“Nice Tie.” A seemingly bland, but in reality highly charged statement made by a diplomat to a foreign leader or official, one that is intended to convey strong and unmistakable sarcasm to the person spoken to. It is delivered in the form of a friendly “compliment” but is clearly intended to be a very strong message of rebuke, one that both acknowledges and is made in response to an original insult or public attack.

The use of the phrase originated in March, 2013 when President Obama and his newly minted Sec’y of State, John Kerry were visiting Israel. That host country actually came under fire from a Palestinian rocket attack during the visit. There was no immediate danger to either man, but the insult was unmistakable.

Kerry was quoted sometime thereafter saying to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, when they met for an official ceremony:

“Nice Tie.”

The obvious meaning of Kerry’s statement was really “Nice Rockets!”, and was meant to acknowledge the abject stupidity of the Palestinians firing rockets into Israel during a Presidential visit, and thereby pointing out to Abbas that the rockets had failed to serve any purpose other than to reinforce the widely held notion by sensible people that the Palestinians remain utterly ill-equipped to qualify for actual statehood recognition by the United States, or anyone else with any sense.

Oh, wait . . .

Seems the President himself “delivered” a counter-intuitive message during the visit by agreeing to speak on a dais where the flag of the United States had been deliberately placed beneath a very large photograph of noted past terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

Never mind!

Corey March 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I guess anybody that makes Mr. Obama look less stupid is a good thing?

William March 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Actually, I find this to be no big deal.

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