I’m back from the NR cruise and I have to say it was delightful to be in such good company — both the illustrious panelists and the wonderful NR readers. One cruiser called it — aptly — an intellectual feast.
I’m now trying to catch up on all the work and reading I didn’t get done while aboard ship (and while flying down zip lines in the rain forests near Puerto Vallarta, kayaking and snorkeling off Cabo San Lucas and exploring the back streets of Mazatlan with Mark Steyn — whose new book, America Alone, is indeed brilliant; yes I did read something on the ship).
So what do I find in my inbox? An epilogue to the saga of Alberto Fernandez, the State Department public-affairs officer who apologized last month after telling Al Jazeera that the U.S. had shown “arrogance” and “stupidity” in Iraq.
Fernandez, it seems, has been selected for the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy by Tufts University for his “integrity, courage, [and] sensitivity.” He receives a certificate signed by Secretary Condoleezza Rice and $10,000 in cash.
I’ve heard from friends that Fernandez is a good guy and I have no reason to doubt it. But the fact is if a PR company in the private sector treated its clients the way many of our Foreign Service Officers treat their most important client (the POTUS) theyd be filing Chapter 11.
A little more here.
Andy McCarthy wrote for NRO about Fernandez here.