On the Fourth of July in the year 2017, North KoreaÂ successfully testedÂ a missile capable of reaching Alaska, posing a seriousÂ and unexpected threat to the United States â and apparentlyÂ disruptingÂ U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s holidayÂ plans.
Haley would tweet again a couple of hours later, noting that North Korea’sÂ new capabilityÂ to bomb otherÂ continents hasÂ implicationsÂ besides more meetings.
But the ambassador’s initial â#ThanksNorthKoreaâ complaint about Independence DayÂ meetingsÂ racked up more than 11,000 replies on Twitter, and there wasn’t much sympathy for Haley.
Most comments brokeÂ down along the lines of âdo your job!â and âother people are doing harder jobs today.â
Spending my 4th using diplomacy to prevent nuclear annihilation. #GodBlessAmerica
Fixed it for you Nikki
â Heather Whaley (@HeatherWhaley) July 5, 2017
âDid you think being the United States ambassador to the United Nations was a 9-5 job with holidays off?âÂ wrote one self-described âpolitical activistâÂ (who boasts in his Twitter bio that he’s beenÂ
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold offered Haley a link to an ABC News explainer of her job description â âin the event you are unaware of what it entails.â
We’ll save you the trouble of readingÂ it yourself.Â The former South Carolina governor, who had no foreign policy experience before President Trump appointed her, is paid to advocate for American goalsÂ at the United Nations, to its nearly 200 member nations, especially in times of crisis.
And this is a crisis, according to the experts. They say North Korea had not been expected to deliverÂ a weapon with intercontinental range so soon, andÂ will likely manage to eventually attach a nuclear warhead to oneÂ of them. According to a former acting CIA director, any military response to Pyongyang would risk a catastrophic war.
Haley’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about her tweet.
The ambassador did have her defenders on Twitter, though.Â One appreciated herÂ âlightheartedâÂ take on the issue.
But such sentiments were drowned out by unending comparisons to other people who had to work on the Fourth, too.
âI just saw an ambulance go down my street,âÂ wrote Jim Hollifield.Â âDoubt they’d be all, ‘Thanks, stroke patient,’ or whatever situation they’re facing on the 4th.â
The teenaged girl who served my cold brew this morning didn’t complain about it at all, putting her a step above @nikkihaley.
â The Last Lisa (@RogueParksFan) July 4, 2017
âI spent July 4th 2003 on walking patrol in Tikrit, Iraq you got it easy,â wrote one member of the #VetsAgainstTrump brigade. âMight want to think before you tweet.â
. Kudos. Spending a holiday working for American security is unprecedented. pic.twitter.com/QpqERnnd0i
â Jake Query (@jakequery) July 4, 2017
Again, the condemnation was not universal.Â SomeÂ noted that Haley’s husband isÂ in the National Guard, so the ambassadorÂ is likely familiar with the strictures of a military schedule.
But it made little difference.Â The digs kept coming, with one woman telling the ambassador about her husband in the U.S. ArmyÂ and his four tours in Afghanistan, holidays and anniversaries notwithstanding. âStop whining,âÂ she wrote.
Inevitably, all this talk of soldiersÂ circled back toÂ the original theme of the holiday.
I’m pretty sure my ancestors who fought in the American Revolution were also thinking,
“Thanks, Redcoats. There goes my long weekend.” pic.twitter.com/IaPCjDVpQW
â Tomm (@SumTomGoingOn) July 5, 2017
Actually,Â the Fourth of July does not markÂ any particular battle.Â On that day in 1776, the members of the Continental Congress gatheredÂ in a roomÂ and discussed a long list ofÂ things: theÂ procurementÂ of flint, the appointment of bureaucrats, the deployment of militias.
At some point in the agenda, they also adoptedÂ the Declaration of Independence.
In other words, it was aÂ day of meetings.