‘He didn’t take himself too seriously, but he took his job very seriously’

We expect many are staying abreast of breaking-news events related to the attack on the U.S. Embassy consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the untimely death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who attended Piedmont High School and UC Berkeley, and was the first US ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

Here’s the very end of Steven Lee Myers’ New York Times story on Stevens:

[…] He developed a reputation as a keen observer of Libya’s politics, and, as Ms. Kwiram noted, a patient listener who eagerly sought out Libyan activists, diplomats and journalists to meet in his offices in a hotel and later in a rented villa on the edge of Tripoli. He also kept up his routine of daily runs through goat farms, olive groves and vineyards nearby. In his e-mail to family and friends, he joked about the Embassy’s Fourth of July party.

“Somehow our clever staff located a Libyan band that specializes in 1980s soft rock,” he wrote, “so I felt very much at home.”

This entry was posted in Notes. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply