BERLIN — Call him secretary of the state. Massachusetts, that is.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry hasn’t lost the senatorial habit of home-state boosterism, even as he introduces himself to European audiences as the representative of all 50 of the United States of America.
Kerry has worked in at least one reference to “my state” nearly every time he has spoken on his inaugural foreign trip as secretary. Sometimes, it’s a lot more than one reference, as in a question-and-answer session with German students Tuesday.
When one questioner complimented Kerry’s pink seashell-print tie, Kerry volunteered that it can be purchased online from Vineyard Vines — as in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
Kerry even helpfully noted that the preppy clothier was “inspired by my state, Massachusetts” but is actually headquartered in Connecticut.
Greeting employees at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on Tuesday, Kerry crowed that U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy is a fellow “Boston boy.”