Behind the Scenes at Secretary Kerry’s Swearing-In Ceremony

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright before his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., February 6, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.

The audio technician conducts one last sound test, and my public affairs colleagues prepare to stream the event live on www.state.gov. The press officers escort the media to the Benjamin Franklin Room, where many State Department events take place. Everything is occurring according to a process, one of which we’ve carried out dozens and dozens of times. And, yet, the event that is about to occur is anything but routine. The Vice President of the United States is minutes away from ceremoniously swearing in the 68th U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

As we wait for the ceremony to begin, my coworker and I reflect on our time at the State Department. I remember arriving on my first day and reciting the oath of office every employee takes, a pledge similar to the one Secretary Kerry is about to make…more »

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