Kerry has 'big heels to fill' at US State Dept
WASHINGTON (AP) - New Secretary of State John Kerry reported for duty on Monday, acknowledging that as Mrs Hillary Clinton's successor he has "big heels to fill" and promising to protect US foreign service workers from terrorist attacks overseas.
On his first day at the office in his new job, the former senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate was greeted with loud cheers by employees of the State Department and the US Agency for International Development.
As the first man in the post in eight years, Mr Kerry referred to his two most recent predecessors, Mrs Clinton and Ms Condoleezza Rice, by asking in jest: "Can a man actually run the State Department?"
He then answered: "I don't know. As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill."