Can John Kerry Be a Secretary of Awesome?

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In his odd 60 Minutes exit interview with Hillary Clinton last weekend, President Obama declared that "Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we've had." While pundits and historians are still debating that point, there's no doubt that Hillary will go down as the most meme-ready secretary of state we've ever had. (Despite a noble effort by Madeleine Albright.) From looking like a badass while checking her Blackberry to unabashedly staring down Christina Aguilera's shirt, Clinton delighted the Internet with shots from her travels around the world. That's why her replacement feels like a bit of a letdown. Sure, John Kerry is a capable public servant and 48.3 percent of America wanted him to be president, but does he have what it takes to inherit Hillary's "secretary of awesome" moniker?

Clinton gets some work done on the plane.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, on October 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO/KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL (Photo credit should read KEVIN LAMARQUE/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: KEVIN LAMARQUE/2011 AFP

Kerry gets some work done on the plane.

ENROUTE TO PORTLAND,OR: MAY 25: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Ma.) talks on the phone to a supporter onboard the new campaign airplane May 25,2004. The Boeing 757-200 is on its maiden flight is to Portland,Oregon where he will be making a few stops before heading to Seattle. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) Photo: Paula Bronstein/2004 Getty Images

Verdict: Kerry has a long way to go. He should start by investing in sunglasses and an interesting brooch.

Clinton gets a bit too familiar with Christina Aguilera.

Kerry gets a bit too familiar with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Verdict: Score one for Kerry. He found a way to make the situation awkward and hilarious even though Leo was fully clothed.

Clinton dresses up for our amusement.

Kerry dresses up for our amusement.

Verdict: Well done! Kerry should be embarrassing the U.S. on the international stage in no time.

Clinton relaxes by the water.

Kerry relaxes on the water.

Verdict: The American people generally don't like to see their politicians engage in water sports. Kerry needs to give up this hobby unless he can find a way to squeeze Bill Clinton on that board with him.

Clinton shares a beer with the locals.

Kerry shares a beer with the locals.

Verdict: Judging from the look on his drinking companion's face, Kerry needs to come up with some stories that don't revolve around ridiculous things John Boehner said during fiscal cliff negotiations.

Clinton starts a dance party.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoys a relax momment at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. Clinton is in Cartagena to attend the VI Summit of the Americas which closes on Sunday. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: STR/2012 AFP

Kerry makes a futile attempt to start a dance party.

Verdict: Obama needs to confiscate this guitar before Kerry tries to serenade foreign leaders with his rendition of "Stairway to Heaven."