Tout est pardonné: John Kerry atones to France at news conference by … having James Taylor sing

posted at 11:21 am on January 16, 2015 by Allahpundit

The good news: With this the Boomer era is officially over, making today a wonderful day. The bad news: America’s diplomatic brain trust thought last week’s glaring snub of the solidarity march in Paris would best be resolved by dusting off an old hippie to play one of his sappiest tunes. Actually, it was probably Kerry himself who championed this idea and the brain trust was simply too timid to tell him no. There’s no way the Secretary of State would endure a photo op this surreally goofy if he wasn’t convinced it was brilliant.

From now on we should have James Taylor play after every terrorist atrocity. Meanwhile on Twitter:

Cuffy Meigs improvises some new lyrics for the occasion: “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you got to do is call / And I’ll be there sometime next week maybe”. I’ve gone back and forth this morning trying to decide whether it’s the concept here that was doomed to fail or merely the choice of singer to execute it. Diplomats typically don’t require live musical accompaniment to express their admiration for a close ally, but if you’re going to go that route, at least avoid picking a singer — and a song — who doesn’t seem to embody the worst stereotypes about you. John Kerry bringing out an early 70s star to warble “You’ve Got a Friend” is like Bush bringing out Toby Keith to do that “boot in your ass” song at a presser with Tony Blair. Show some self-awareness for cripes sake.

I haven’t seen Kerry this emotional about an ally since North Vietnam. Exit question: Any readers in France have a sense of how this is playing there? I’m morbidly curious.


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This is one good reason why we should never let them get under our skins. :)

Anti-ControI on January 16, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Oh they don’t get under my skin. Their prose is too buffoonish and there sanctimony laughable. I rather find them a sort of perverse amusement.

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:39 PM

ISIS has been decried by muslims worldwide.
everdiso on September 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Um, Obama RAN on “stepping back” from foreign intervention. And was elected twice.
everdiso on August 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

+1

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:43 PM

ISIS has been decried by muslims worldwide.
everdiso on September 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Delusion…what a concept.

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM

I wonder if everditzy could even name off 5 muslim leaders that have decried ISIS?

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Delusion…what a concept.

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Schnapsed gnatbrains

Hamas does not have issues with gays.
coolrepublica on August 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Adolf Hitler took a lot of things and twisted them, doesn’t mean all of his ideas were bad ones
nonpartisan on July 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Delusion…what a concept.

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:44 PM

About 40 out of 1.3 billion is a majority to a leftist gnatbrain and obama fluffer.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Now I wish that after Katrina hit, Bush had trotted out Taylor by the Superdome to sing “Up on a Roof.”

dorkintheroad on January 16, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Hamas.. oh yes I heard they are real home…er..homoboys. You see the rainbow flag everywhere they go!

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Je suis laughingstock.

John the Libertarian on January 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Adolf Hitler took a lot of things and twisted them, doesn’t mean all of his ideas were bad ones
nonpartisan on July 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM

You know he sort of has a point. Not all his ideas were bad, its simply that the few good ones were entirely negated by all of the bad ones. What a schmuck. The progressive mind at its best. Darwin has to be wrong. Progressives prove that.

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:57 PM

We need to officially retire boomers before they destroy what little is left of the world.

DFCtomm on January 16, 2015 at 3:06 PM

This didn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s a big FU to everybody who cares about the war agains Radical Islam, Americans and the international community alike. A very deliberate FU

Jackalope on January 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Quick! Air drop the Indigo Girls!

Star Bird on January 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM

This has to make even liberals cringe.

DepthTested on January 16, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Please tell me you guys are not responsible for this and that the perpetrators are being dealt with.

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Know It All on January 16, 2015 at 3:21 PM

I guess Pajamas Boy wasn’t available.

DepthTested on January 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Embarrassment of epic proportions.

I feel like my service was a waste of time.

wolly4321 on January 16, 2015 at 3:32 PM

ah… here comes one of the elitist, super intelligent, all feeling, ultra-compassionate trolls now, to put us all into our place with his or her razor sharp wit… welcome verbaluce! Why even the handle is pithy!

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Man…what’s bugging you?
But, hello back.
I guess.

verbaluce on January 16, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Our country is run by a high school student council. 2016, you way too slow in getting here!

bash on January 16, 2015 at 4:04 PM

I keep a James Taylor CD on hand just in case stragglers are slow in leaving a party. Just put the CD on and they’re gone within 3-5 minutes.

bw222 on January 16, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Rumor has it that Kerry made a mistake, and originally requested this song.

BobMbx on January 16, 2015 at 4:21 PM

… the bullet America dodged by re-electing Bush

Ursus on January 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Dont know about that. Had Kerry been elected in 2004, would Obama have won in 2008?

bw222 on January 16, 2015 at 4:23 PM

verbaluce on January 16, 2015 at 3:40 PM

;-)

Neitherleftorright on January 16, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Dont know about that. Had Kerry been elected in 2004, would Obama have won in 2008?

But then we might only be halfway through Barry’s first term right now.

I just got a shiver.

reaganaut on January 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Our country is run by a high school student council. 2016, you way too slow in getting here!

bash on January 16, 2015 at 4:04 PM

They have important things to worry about-What to wear to prom…

talkingpoints on January 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM

The comments on this are perfect – can’t top them.

I just have one thing to say: When people ask me why I don’t call him my president, my answer is “THIS”.

Turn MD Red on January 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM

rogerb, if you’re still around, please go back to the Holder forfeiture thread that just dropped off the headlines.

I think you gave libfool waaaay too much credit.

novaculus on January 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Should have gone with “Epitaph” by King Crimson:

“The wall on which the prophets wrote
Is cracking at the seams
Upon the instruments of death
The sunlight brightly gleams

When every man is torn apart
With nightmares and with dreams
Will no one lay the laurel wreath
When silence drowns the screams?

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying

Between the iron gates of fate
The seeds of time were sown
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known

Knowledge is a deadly friend
If no one sets the rules
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
Yes, I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying.”

profitsbeard on January 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Kerry, “Je suis imbecile!”

philw1776 on January 16, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Sweet mother of…

*sigh*

Midas on January 16, 2015 at 4:51 PM

How will Pope Francis atone?

VorDaj on January 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Who the hell cares about James Taylor?!?!

The Grateful Dead are doing three shows this summer!!!! Let the good times roll…!!!!

JohnGalt23 on January 16, 2015 at 5:02 PM

I guess Pajamas Boy wasn’t available.

DepthTested on January 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Maaaaaannnn… we missed a good humor opportunity; we totally needed Ed, Jazz, AP and Noah dressed up in pajamas, doing a parody song/video from “Pajama Boyz II Men”…

Midas on January 16, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Total embarrassment. In Europe, Middle East, China and Russia they are holding ribs, slapping knees and laughing. I can hear the laughter from my front porch.

I always thought Kerry was a pompous fool. But I thought even he had more sense than this.

petefrt on January 16, 2015 at 5:47 PM

And this idiot (Kerry) came close to being elected President…

Doesn’t he realize that having an atrocious sap like James Taylor sing could be considered as an act of war?

MsYoung on January 16, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Eh, Monsieur Kerry,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi5ODY-vIzI

diogenes on January 16, 2015 at 6:12 PM

They are Martha’s Vineyard buddies aren’t they? I’m sure the French are less amused than insulted, though I’d rather hear Taylor sing, than Kerry and Obama speak, and I don’t even care for his music much.

rickv404 on January 16, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Now I wish that after Katrina hit, Bush had trotted out Taylor by the Superdome to sing “Up on a Roof.”
dorkintheroad on January 16, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha! Brilliant.

MrsVoorhees on January 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Tout est pardonné: John Kerry atones to France at news conference by … having James Taylor sing

Omg. Bwaaahh Bwaaahh.

Funniest title ever. I almost went my pants.

/checks pants

I did wet my pants.

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2015 at 7:21 PM

I imagine this has been mentioned further upthread

John Kerry bringing out an early 70s star to warble “You’ve Got a Friend” is like Bush bringing out Toby Keith to do that “boot in your ass” song at a presser with Tony Blair.

– Allah

That one made no sense buddy. Courrtesy of RWB is not You a Got Friend. Also, Bush bringing Keith around to sing CRWB to the world’s leaders would have been glorious.

BoxHead1 on January 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

AP unleashes world’s funniest title.

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2015 at 7:28 PM

BoxHead1 on January 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

I would like to see Allah do stand up. Bag on head stand up.

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2015 at 7:29 PM

seesalrun lurker here but I have to post.

This event is beyond incompetence.

I have a sense of humor, but find nothing funny or cute or saavy about Islamic Terrorism or dead people.

God help us. Serious people would never pull a stunt like this.

seesalrun2 on January 16, 2015 at 7:36 PM

I find it insightful to listen carefully to Kerry’s language describing his visit.

“I alerted my team…”, “I found it neccessary…” “…for me to personally travel…”, “….and offer my personal condolences….”, etc, etc, etc.

I think it’s his subtle way of saying I was ordered not to be here immediately.

He’s still a douchbag, but I’d bet the travel ban came down from TFG.

aquaviva on January 16, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Cat Stevens was busy?

Please tell me this was an episode of South Park.

Pole-Cat on January 16, 2015 at 7:59 PM

BoxHead1 on January 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

I would like to see Allah do stand up. Bag on head stand up.

SpongePuppy on January 16, 2015 at 7:29 PM

That’s a really funny image. He should do a routine on Ed’s show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BBZVQ4zBcU

BoxHead1 on January 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM

I guess Pajamas Boy wasn’t available.
DepthTested on January 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM

He’s still in hiding but not shaving yet.

Sherman1864 on January 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM

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Resist We Much on January 16, 2015 at 4:33 PM

The Armenian genocide has been forgotten indeed, even as we approach the “anniversary” of the event.

Pelosi, who has a considerable number of former Armenians in her district, chooses to ignore their concerns. She is too busy cozying up to Muslims as her latest choice of Intelligence Committee member demonstrates.

onlineanalyst on January 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM

The Onion staff has it’s work cut out for them. How do you spoof this kind of news???

batter on January 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

They should play it straight, post it straight up for the joke that it is.

Pole-Cat on January 16, 2015 at 8:13 PM

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but Simpsons did it! Homer went to space, screwed up the spaceship, and during the moment of crisis NASA brought in James Taylor to play that song, lol. This the best video I’ve been able to find of the clip:

http://www.abstractplain.com/2010/best-simpsons-cameo-james-taylor/

Lawdawg86 on January 16, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of or seen..the world is supposed to take us seriously with antics like this?

Who is John Galt on January 16, 2015 at 8:45 PM

The scene: Armed and extremely dangerous Islamic forces threaten the peace and prosperity of the Western world. The US Secretary of State arrives in Paris, the most recent bloody battleground in the West. It’s not just that Kerry doesn’t offer a variant of “blood, toil, tears and sweat”; no one would expect from him anything remotely Churchillian.

But with cries of “Allahu Akbar” and Kalishnikov fire practically still echoing, did he really have to offer “a hug to all of Paris”? The answer is yes. And James Taylor, too. On a dais at city hall in Paris, with the Secretary of State looking on, James Taylor sang to France, “You’ve Got a Friend.” “Winter, spring, summer and fall, All you have to do is call …” The crowd cheered.

I bet jihadis did, too — but for different reasons.

Imagine that.

– Diana West

VorDaj on January 16, 2015 at 8:51 PM

You can add this to the Smart Power Hall of Shame along with the Reset Button stunt.

jcmorris on January 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Wow, I guess there’s no doosh like an old doosh.

WhatsAMattaU on January 16, 2015 at 10:32 PM

Ok this and Kerry’s hug n’ kiss with Hollande show that the State Department is just living up to is Foggy Bottom nickname.

oryguncon on January 16, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Anyone who says that they could have thought of this is a liar. No one, and I mean no one, could make this up.

fight like a girl on January 16, 2015 at 11:04 PM

There is good news in all of this. Moochelle has made exemptions in her school lunches to allow french fries. French toast is also exempted.

moo on January 16, 2015 at 11:08 PM

I’de rather hear Michael Moore do a beer fart in my beloved Eames lounge chair than Jame Tailor vocalizing anything other than a death rattle.

V7_Sport on January 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

France’s response should be to bring out JT’s duet partner Carole King and have her sing “It’s Too Late Baby”

freemarketer on January 16, 2015 at 11:19 PM

I’de rather hear Michael Moore do a beer fart in my beloved Eames lounge chair than Jame Tailor vocalizing anything other than a death rattle.

V7_Sport on January 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

lol, A+ for that nice little contribution.

arnold ziffel on January 17, 2015 at 12:35 AM

James Taylor is a man that spent much of his adult life addicted to heroin. Good judgement is probably not his thing, man. Now he is a prop and an embarrassment.

The boomer generation has always wanted to bring down this country but their parents wouldn’t let them. Now there is nobody there to stop them.

DeweyWins on January 17, 2015 at 12:50 AM

I don’t think we can recover from this administration..

Thanks trolls…
52’ers..

Electrongod on January 17, 2015 at 1:28 AM

Imagine, if you will, after 9/11, that the French sent a over-the-hill French singer from the 70’s to the United States to sing a French pop song, in French.

We really don’t have a clue, do we? Or, at least, zippidty do dah John Kerry doesn’t. Of course the French are huge James Taylor fans because… well, isn’t everybody?

Couldn’t he at least have found somebody to sing it in French? Or, better, not sing it at all?

IndieDogg on January 17, 2015 at 1:51 AM

…the French probably wish…they never sent their fleet…during the Revolutionary War!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 17, 2015 at 4:16 AM

Jon Kerry served in Vietnam. Jeeze, I leave the site for a while and the whole operation goes to hell. ;)

tbear44 on January 17, 2015 at 4:18 AM

C’mon we all know it’s simply because at last weekends usual Leftists Card Game at Carly Simons house, when Kerry lost to Taylor’s bluff , he didn’t have enough of the Heinz Catsup cash on him to cover it so he had to at least try and help get James’ Itunes sales to rise.

Cadillac Deval Patrick had already folded after he got sick of getting too many red cards and not enough of the black ones. Plus he kept thinkings the A’s were low as they were free when he went to Hahhhvard.

Yes I am from Massachusetts. Yes for my whole life. Yes I hate it.

Steven on January 17, 2015 at 5:06 AM

rogerb, if you’re still around, please go back to the Holder forfeiture thread that just dropped off the headlines.
 
I think you gave libfool waaaay too much credit.
 
novaculus on January 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

 
You misunderstand. My +1 was making fun of him saying
 

You’re just mad Holder and Obama did it first. You all had your chance.
 
libfreeordie on January 16, 2015 at 3:29 PM

 
as he avoided the

 

Report: The White House knew the CIA was spying on the Senate

 
and
 

Getting serious: U.S. troops headed to train Syrian rebels

 
threads.
 
FWIW, I miss our old libfreeordie. He was so much better at debates than the new guy (which is really saying something considering how bad the old LFOD was at debates).

rogerb on January 17, 2015 at 5:23 AM

John Kerry (Jane-Jus-John). Undermining America – and in this case making America look like a bunch of fools – since 1971.

Ruckus_Tom on January 17, 2015 at 8:01 AM

So you have a burned out, leftist Vietnam War protester who is decades past his prime going to France to further embarrass the U.S. To exacerbate the humiliation, James Taylor is there singing next to him.

WilDanielson on January 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM

The dems put Kerry out as a presidential nominee in 2004! He got 59 million votes and the race was close.
It’s true democrats will elect a head of cabbage if it has a “D” in front of its name.
Any question they will mark the box for Hillary? They reelected Soetoro.

What goes on in the heads of democrats?

FireBlogger on January 17, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Okay, so I’m not in France, but as Allahpundit wanted a feeling about how John Kerry’s activities were received, I used my (admittedly limited) French, Google Translate, and Wikitionary to translate an article in Le Figaro – which I think is a conservative-leaning newspaper in France. Relatively, anyway.

I thought it was fairly positive. It mostly focused on what he said with special attention to his affinity for France. Maybe they give him the benefit of the doubt because they think he likes them.

Le Figaro

The moving surprise of John Kerry to Parisians

The American Secretary of State John Kerry and his delegation, were the subject of all attention Friday at the Paris City Hall where Anne Hidalgo received them at 12:50 in the salon des Arcades, under the colors of four flags European, French, American and the city of Paris.

It was all about the last stage of the homage of the American official to France, a week after the attacks.

The chief of American diplomacy created a surprise by inviting the singer James Taylor to interpret on stage one of his great successes “You’ve got a Friend”, while Anne Hidalgo held his microphone. A moment of great emotion after a long intervention of John Kerry during which he had notably evoked the friendship between France and the United States, paid homage to the victims, criticized the assassins and saluted the courage of those who confronted these events by saving lives.

“This reminds us of the incontrovertible historic ties between our two countries” he started explaining that he had wished (hoped?) to come to France to embrace “Paris and all of France.” John Kerry came to say, in person, the feeling of horror and revulsion born in Americans’ homes in the face of these attacks perpetrated in France.

But he especially emphasized the strength of the resistance, provoked according to him by the terrorists. “Together we will persevere and together we will win” he promised confiding that he held his affection for France from his own mother who was a nurse in Montparnasse during the war. He was with her also when she returned for the first time to the ruins of her bombed house. “It was only years later that I understood the incredible price of peace,” said the Secretary of State, first cousin to Brice Lalonde, before hailing (greeting?) France with force. “Your commitment to freedom and the freedom of expression is an inspiration for the entire world” he added, observing those who looked to “rip” the two countries have finally managed to “gather” them.

Then John Kerry recalled the acts of all those who faced the tragic events of Charlie Hebdo and the supermarket at the port of Vincennes. He notably paid homage to the young Lassana Bathily who will be naturalized tuesday, Jan 20, after having saved several people at the Hyper Cacher. “It was not a question of Jew, Christian or Muslim, because we all are in the same boat” said the guest of Anne Hidalgo denouncing the “cowardly assassins hidden behind hoods and assault rifles.”

He concluded his message promising that the “heros” of these events will “never be forgotten” and that the common hope of France and the United States was to “create a world of love and not of hate”. Before orchestrating a little surprise by inviting James Taylor to sing on stage. You’ve got a friend (Ton ami est là) before a gathered public, John Kerry blurted (the verb means to release or let go) “Ultimately our commitment to all in this fight is not a choice, it is a mandate and it is our duty”.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/2015/01/16/01002-20150116ARTFIG00284-l-emouvante-surprise-de-john-kerry-aux-parisiens.php

conservativerepublicanhippie on January 17, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Je suis laughingstock.

John the Libertarian on January 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM

So, you’re saying ‘I am laughingstock’?

After your performance in the evangelical / gay headline thread, I agree.

I took a quick pass through Le Monde – no mention of James Taylor serenading M. Hollande. My guess is that they are so embarrassed by the entire thing, that they are trying to make believe it never happened.

I thought the entire premise of the Obama foreign policy around ‘smart diplomacy’ was to ‘not do stupid sh!t’. Bringing Taylor to serenade the French President has to be the definition of doing stupid sh!t.

Athos on January 17, 2015 at 9:38 AM

SNL has taken over the State Department!

Herb on January 17, 2015 at 9:46 AM

What? Kerry forgot the words to “Kumbaya”?

RayNAiken on January 17, 2015 at 12:25 PM

I hear that the original plan was to send Brenda Lee to sing, “I’m Sorry.” But once they realized they’d need a shovel to get Ms. Lee they opted for Taylor.

NQJohnson on January 17, 2015 at 1:08 PM

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE ‘CHARLIE HEBDO’ SOLIDARITY PHOTO-OP

That’s photo-op, not a march of world leaders!

Glorious photo-ops of Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko, David Cameron (oh, and not Barack Obama) were smeared across front pages hailing the “unity in outrage.” However, . . . The Independent reports French TV has exposed the reality of the photo-op seen-around-the-world: the dignitaries were not in fact “at” the Paris rallies but had the photo taken on an empty guarded side street

Of course, this makes Kerry’s James Taylor concert look all the more ridiculous. C’est tout la merde!

Emperor Norton on January 17, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Wonder which singer Obama is going to bring to his State of the Union speech?

albill on January 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Joni Mitchell’s “Send In Clowns” comes to mind.

steviecooper on January 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Jonah Goldberg does not usually present cutting edge insights, but I love his tweet on the James Taylor “songfest”:
Jonah Goldberg ✔ @JonahNRO

Best part of the James Taylor Paris concert was when that guy in the back yelled “Free bird!!!” and held up his bic lighter.

onlineanalyst on January 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM

conservativerepublicanhippie on January 17, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Good report.

France 24/top news stories in France, had this dated 1-16-15 that made me laugh:
france24.com/en/20150116-kerry-sorry-paris-unity-march-absence-hollande-charlie-hebdo/

The White House since admitted it had erred in not sending a higher profile official to the march. Kerry, a noted Francophile who also speaks French, told Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that he was unable to attend because he was travelling in India and Bulgaria.

Fabius told reporters that Kerry had “apologised” for his absence.

These French, they are “subtle”, are they not? A previous report 01-15-15 at the same site:
france24.com/en/20150116-kerry-meet-hollande-belgium-holds-anti-terror-operation/

Kerry will hold talks with Hollande and will deliver a speech — some of it in French — at city hall before giving way to US singer James Taylor of “You’ve Got a Friend” fame.

Granted this is the english translation of France 24, but the verb tenses should be correct. The French press was aware Kerry was going to grace them with Alan O Dale singing Fee Fie the Spring Lark is a comin derry down deedle ee eye ooo….

Now, the French consider Jerry Lewis a genius, and awarded James Taylor Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2012. However, the reporting out of France suggests the French understand the difference between being respected, and patronized

UK DailyMail had excellent coverage in the manner of the Brit:
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2913072/US-Secretary-State-John-Kerry-visits-Paris-terror-attacks.html

A grovelling John Kerry hugged and kissed French president Francois Hollande in a show of contrition after nobody important from the White House joined a solidarity march in the wake of the terror attack on Paris.

The Secretary of State even brought back-up for his visit in the form of singer James Taylor, who patched up the United States’s oldest diplomatic relationship with a rendition of ‘You’ve got a friend’.

Arriving at the presidential Elysée Palace, Kerry reached out his hands for Hollande, embraced him closely, then appeared to kiss him on the cheek in an awkward display for the cameras.

He later gave a message from the American people, delivered in almost-fluent French

Now the Brits laid it on, The French utilized discretion. My take, no one insults themselves by grading dogpiles, especially if they come tied with a ribbon.

The Le Figaro text could use some parsing:

John Kerry blurted (the verb means to release or let go) “Ultimately our commitment to all in this fight is not a choice, it is a mandate and it is our duty”.

My translation: I am not here because I agree on principle that you have a problem, I am here because I am required to recognize you believe you indeed have a problem. And on that principle, we stand united

entagor on January 17, 2015 at 9:04 PM

The jihadis along with any sentient beings that might be watching these proceedings have to be thinking that these Americans must be weak in the head, that the drugs and their “culture” must have turned their brains to mush.

claudius on January 17, 2015 at 9:33 PM

My first ever try at drawing a cartoon is of John Kerry in honor of #CharlieHebdo. Check it out. #LeHug

John Kerry Graces Cover of New French Satire Magazine: PETIE PEBDO

PunditPete on January 18, 2015 at 1:22 AM

Perhaps he could stop by Turkey (armory to islamists) with AC/DC so they could sing “If you want blood, you got it.”

Pistonhead on January 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM

The terrorists are nothing more than Nazis who do not see their victims as humans.

I see the terrorists as humans who need to be exterminated.

These people must pay a steep price.

Sherman1864 on January 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Over the last six years Barack Obama has appointed people in very important positions both for domestic and foreign service that were incompetent. I think it is a deliberate policy to undermine our international credibility and faith in our national government: Kathleen Sebius, John Brennan, Janet Napolitano, Steven Chu, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Hilda Solis. John Kerry is incompetent as shown by his last four attempts at negotiations all were failures. His next failure will place all of us in danger, Iran.

TheNakedEye on January 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

I’m thinking that if that doesn’t work, then maybe some DVD’s and DVD players from the US (that won’t work in Europe) and maybe some recordings of Obama’s speeches might?

Kay_L on January 18, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Over the last six years Barack Obama has appointed people in very important positions both for domestic and foreign service that were incompetent. I think it is a deliberate policy to undermine our international credibility and faith in our national government: Kathleen Sebius, John Brennan, Janet Napolitano, Steven Chu, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Hilda Solis. John Kerry is incompetent as shown by his last four attempts at negotiations all were failures. His next failure will place all of us in danger, Iran.

TheNakedEye on January 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

you might be onto something.

Clinton appointed some real midgets. I had assumed Clinton wanted non thinking loyalists. Obama on the other hand, has moved consistently in the direction of determined failure

Even America s reputation for reaching out has been diminished. The bogus rescue of the Yazidis trapped on the mountain in Iraq. The symbolism over substance of sending troops to fight ebola in Africa, for a couple months. Hastag save the sex slaves etc

You couldnt make this up, unless someone was dictating a script.

entagor on January 18, 2015 at 6:36 PM

They should’ve sent Cat Stevens.

SmallishBees on January 18, 2015 at 6:46 PM