John Kerry: Iron Man
October 14th, 2013
04:00 PM ET

John Kerry: Iron Man

By Bryan Koenig

Secretary of State John Kerry logged nearly enough miles on his most recent two-week trip to circumnavigate the globe.

A State Department official estimated that Kerry traveled approximately 23,000 miles on his 12-segment stint that began at the beginning of the month. During that time, Kerry traveled from the U.S. to Tokyo, then Bali and on to Brunei, Malaysia, Afghanistan and finally London before returning to the United States. The circumference of planet Earth is about 24,000 miles.

Kerry’s travel and marathon deal-making is becoming well-known as the former Senator from Massachusetts and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee fills in for President Barack Obama’s head of state duties, with Obama canceling an international trip due to the partial federal government shutdown. On Kerry's to do list: working on a military-presence deal in Afghanistan, briefing allies on efforts to rid Syria of chemical weapons and negotiating over Iran’s nuclear program, and attempting to negotiate a trade deal in the Pacific.

The State Department's website counts 32 countries visited so far by Kerry since he became secretary early this year, with 93 days of travel, 190,000 miles covered and 17 days spent in the air.

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  1. Elfreda Cosmo

    There are some interesting points in time on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I'll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

    February 23, 2021 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  2. Delaware water Gap Map

    John Kerry, mixed feelings, however this guy does love this country. 240000 miles is a lot of miles to cover.

    May 4, 2017 at 11:05 am | Reply
  3. Chuck Fr8

    Kerry is doddering old fool. His ne'er do well boss is pressuring him to make any kind of deal, to distract us from the subject of Obama care. Kerry remains an over privileged tool with absolutely NO street smarts. If he had a brain in his massively ugly skull, he would launch a cyber attack against their nuclear program. Israel would be happy to oblige.
    Rock on Lurch!

    November 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  4. Afolajimi john

    Kerry Is doing good job around

    October 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  5. Kjgdgd Fhjkl

    Round and round he goes where he stops nobody knows...

    October 15, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
  6. USAPeasant

    When Kerry forgot he was the Secretary of State and thought he was the Secretary of Defense on the Syria Strike Crises that was scary.

    Now that Kerry has remembered he is Secretary of State he can get in his Iron Man suit and jet around negotiating in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. Guess it's a matter of opinion what's good in the trip and what's not. It's at least good that the Syria WMD destruction is continuing smoothely. Negotiating with Iran over their program is good too, but perhaps futile. Good redemption by Kerry, just keep him away from the war drum in the future lol.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  7. saeed

    thats one long working trip but better to work than not.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
  8. Lela

    It is very well known that people that suck at their job often get stuck with intense hunts for other things they may be good at. At my work that mostly consists of married people sleeping with other married people.

    October 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply

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