State Department ceremony for Malta ambassador a ‘rocking’ affair

April 19, 2012

Worshippers carry a statue of the Risen Christ during an Easter Sunday procession in the town of Qormi outside Valletta, Malta. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

We hear the ornate Benjamin Franklin Room on the State Department’s eighth floor was, and we quote an attendee, “rocking.” The event featured unusual entertainment: the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel choir performed traditional gospel tunes that had even a few of the most buttoned-up guests tapping their toes.

Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is a member of the choir — though we imagine she won’t be performing with them too often anymore, given the grueling commute. Her predecessor, Douglas Kmiec, drew controversy in the posting — an inspector general’s report faulted him for spending too much time on faith-based activities.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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