Friday, November 02, 2007

Overheard Today at Main State

"i do solemnly swear
That i will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,
That i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same,
That i take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion,
And that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the Office on which i am about to enter."

So, State has some of the best views of DC. Maybe someday i'll be cool enough to have an office on the top floors!

Until then, this is as close as i can get... a swearing in ceremony that lasted 30 minutes and a quick tour of the parapets.

Some people meet presidents, i meet Undersecretaries of State.

This is our class mentor, Thomas Krajeski, about whom i wrote earlier. Nice guy, speaks Arabic, all qualities that speak to his general wonderfulness.

Frank and i had a little too much fun in the Benjamin Franklin Room at Main State. The reception rooms on the eighth floor are quite ornate, and they are stuffed with antiques, famous paintings, and other pieces of history that are worth far more than i am. We gravitated towards a massive portrait of an Ottoman official, with this description on the frame. "His Highness the Mushir Mohammed Essadek, Bey of Tunis. Portrait presented as a souvenir of his Friendship in November 1865, by his envoy: Gen. Otman Hashem, bearer of letters of condolence for the assassination of President Lincoln and of congratulations for the termination of the Civil War."

File this one under "Facebook profile photos."


  1. you look so adult and official!

  2. Your job is kickass. It looks like you're giving Negroponte the "you're full of shit" face but that may just the blurriness of the photo.

  3. Congrats! I'm so proud of you.

    What? don't remember me? never heard of any Debbie from AR?...Mumsy who?

    I knew it would come to this!


  4. And I hope Frank reads this. Thanks for filling in for missing family. You look better than we do anyway!

    I'm glad you could be there.


  5. Randal! i most certainly would never give that face to anyone, certainly not someone who outranks me by degrees barely comprehensible to the human mind.

  6. Congratulations! We didn't get to have our swearing in on the 7th floor...I can't remember why!

  7. I had to give you the digital version of your gift instead. :P

  8. Oh wait, so that's where the portrait of our bey went. I was wondering. Give it back, you democracy-loving, consumerist, imperialist pigs!

    Oh wait. Sorry.