• Our Man in Seoul: Ever So Inconvenienced by North Korea

    April 10, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State

    Add another to the State Department’s social media fail pile: America’s ambassador in Seoul blogs about how his vacation was disrupted by those naughty nats in North Korea.

    U.S. ambassador to Korea Sung Kim has wowed us via social media before, with his just-behind-the-meme video of his embassy interns dancing Gangnam Style. His latest stumble into social media details on his official Embassy blog his spring break trip with his daughters, all of which was just bothered by the constant threat of World War III.

    To start, that North Korean stuff cut into Kim’s vacay time:

    My daughters recently had off from school for spring break, and I planned to take a week off for a nice family vacation. But as is often the case here on the Peninsula, my break was interrupted by important developments and urgent issues, so my week off turned into just one day.

    Then things turned rough.

    However, starting early that Saturday morning, as new threats started coming from North Korea, I got busy with work. I had many calls and emails with Washington policymakers, senior South Korean officials, and U.S. Forces Korea. My BlackBerry was very busy.

    Several of these calls happened when we were at Busan Aquarium. Since it was a beautiful weekend morning, the aquarium was packed with happy (and loud) visitors, and it was very difficult to find a quiet place to talk. At one point, I had to send my daughters to the aquarium gift shop and then find a somewhat secluded stairwell to take part in what I hoped would be a 10-minute conference call. Unfortunately, the call lasted 40 minutes.

    What I did see of the aquarium was really terrific.

    Whew, looks like the ambassador just made it out alive, averting tragedy on the world’s most heavily armed border by sending his kids to the gift shop. Then, it was back to important work keeping peace:

    Despite all the phone calls and having to work through my vacation, I had a very nice time. We all wanted to stay longer, but the kids had to go back to school, and I was excited to participate in a very special ceremony with Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun the next day.

    If you have seen the U.S. Embassy recently, you would have noticed our giant banner marking this very special year in U.S.-Korea relations. This is our hwan gap, as we are celebrating “60 Years of Partnership and Shared Prosperity.” 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice, the Mutual Defense Treaty, and the founding of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

    That same armistice was recently disavowed by North Korea but whatever, right?

    That the U.S. embassy decided to feature on its social media the ambassador’s idiotic spring break trip in the midst of a major crisis on the Korean peninsula leaves one stunned. Is this some complex meta-diplo move to tweak the North Koreans? Is it just typically clumsy timing?

    Or is it that the U.S. ambassador is not much more than a bit player in world events anyway so no one even bothers about what image he is presenting to the world?

    Yep. Gangnam style!!!!!!

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Kim obviously is the wrong man for the job. Johnny “Yosemite Sam” Bolton should replace him. Bolton says regime change in North Korea would be a cakewalk and we would be welcomed as liberators.

      Hey, he can’t be wrong ALL the time.

      04/10/13 4:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Just to prove to the crazy North Koreans we are still crazy enough to attack pre-emptively, this guy should be our ambassador:


      04/10/13 5:55 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      @ Rich …Priceless. Too bad he didn’t crash and cut his goodies off.

      quote: “What I did see of the aquarium was really terrific.”unquote

      Meanwhile, the world prepares for possible Armageddon. Really terrific.

      Living proof ya can’t make this stuff up.

      04/10/13 6:51 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- hell, I’m with you. Bolton is due to be right eventually after being wrong for the past 40 years. That Libyan regime change went so well why not push the envelope and move north.

      04/10/13 8:16 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      (Sorry, I can’t resist):

      Send Cthulhu to Korea and he’ll swallow Korea’s Seoul!

      Fast forward to 4:50: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu1RikQPJHE

      04/11/13 2:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “That the U.S. embassy decided to feature on its social media the ambassador’s idiotic spring break trip in the midst of a major crisis on the Korean peninsula leaves one stunned. Is this some complex meta-diplo move to tweak the North Koreans? Is it just typically clumsy timing?”

      No, PVB, it’s State’s version of the Monty Python skit, the Department of Silly Walks: the ambassador’s walk into the danger zone in Benghazi and Smedinghoff’s LOST walk in the danger zone in Qalat, not to mention Deedy’s walk into McDonald’s with a loaded weapon while loaded. It is becoming apparent with each dumb skit that DS Protective Service is run my a moron. Maybe Homer should take a walk. I’m just saying…

      04/11/13 2:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Video of a 13 year old girl training to join President Clinton’s Department of Consular Affairs in year 2023:


      04/11/13 3:49 PM | Comment Link

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