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introducing ken griffey, jr., diplomat  

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named All-Star Slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. a Public Diplomacy Envoy today. In accepting the honor, Griffey is charged with the challenge of "spreading the values of the United States" by helping to spark "interest in America and in our culture."

"Public diplomacy must be a dialogue," Rice said after meeting with Griffey in Washington. "This dialogue must extend to every citizen in every country, especially to young people."

Well-known athletes who exemplify the best in their sport, as an athlete and an individual, are appointed by the Secretary of State to be American Public Diplomacy Envoys. These special envoys not only reach out to youth through sports but promote the best aspects of American culture and democratic principles.

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4 sojourners hollin' back

I know that this appointment is mostly symbolic but Jr. is my favorite baseball player. I like that he plays with all that he has, even if it means injury.
Good for him.

November 19, 2008 at 4:12 AM

What ever, I am still waiting for the arrest warrrent to be given out to this administration Rice included.

November 19, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Wow,interesting.

Ken Griffy Jr is one of the good guys in sports.

November 19, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Well Ken Griffey Jr. is a class act. So I will say the honor is well deserved.

November 20, 2008 at 4:09 PM
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