American ambassador Gary Locke has announced that he will step down from his position in early 2014 to “rejoin [his] family in Seattle.” Gary Lock’s tenure as ambassador was fairly short—he took the post in August, 2011—but it was action-packed, and here are the highlights.
July 2011: Shanghaiist coins the term “Got this thing on Locke-down” and forever changes the world of political commentary.
August 2011: Chinese internet users freak-the-hell-out because Mr. Locke wore a backpack and ordered his own Starbucks, like some kind of peasant.
September 2011: Chinese internet users again think the sky is falling after Gary Lock flies coach class, like some kind of poverty-stricken farmer’s cattle.
May 2012: Mr. Locke certifies himself as a bona-fide badass by directly aiding in the escape of Chen Guangcheng and getting all photo-opy about it.
Locke has kept a pretty low profile since the Chen Guangcheng affair, only popping up every once in a while to learn how to cook or get protested-at. No word yet on who will replace Locke in August.
Gary, we hardly knew thee.