Here, from the U.S. embassy website, is an October 1 photo from the recent visit to Colombia of James K. Glassman, the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Glassman (third from left) is in charge of all U.S. government efforts to educate foreign citizens about the United States and to improve our country’s severely flagging image abroad.
Glassman has a long career as a journalist and columnist, and as an expert in conservative think-tank circles. His official bio fails to mention, though, that he authored a bestselling 2000 book that, in hindsight, may have one of the most embarrassing titles ever: “DOW 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market.” (Used copies are retailing on Amazon.com at one cent.)
With the Dow continuing to fall vertiginously – it’s at about 9,250 this morning – Undersecretary Glassman may wish to spend less time on market prognostication and more time working on the U.S. image in South America.