Kerry Not Too Worried About Rodman Stealing His Job

Suggests he might want to stick with basketball

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2013 11:34 AM CST

(Newser) – So how does America's top diplomat criticize America's new most high-profile diplomat? Diplomatically, as it turns out:

  • “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player,” John Kerry tells Andrea Mitchell, reports NBC News. “And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.”
For the most part, the secretary of state and the White House have avoided going after Rodman over his North Korea trip, notes the Wall Street Journal. Instead, they've focused criticism on Kim Jong Un's regime for spending money on entertainment and nukes while its people suffer. (Rodman, meanwhile, is still feeling the love for Kim.)

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman signs his autograph for a fan at the Pyongyang Airport.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman signs his autograph for a fan at the Pyongyang Airport.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
John Kerry in a file photo.
John Kerry in a file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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