In the kind of response that sounds like a joke -- even to liberal journalists -- Secretary of State John Kerry brought Seventies pop star James Taylor (now almost 67) to sing his old chestnut "You've Got a Friend' to the French as a show of support after President Obama blew off the "historic" rally of world leaders last Sunday.
Try Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake as a non-plussed MSM member:
Can't be real, can it? pic.twitter.com/FMGBNzZqqd— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) January 16, 2015
Kerry and Taylor are old friends, and Taylor was in Paris to promote a forthcoming European tour. Bloomberg reports Kerry, who said he was in France “to share a big hug with Paris,” is also set to lay wreaths at the sites of the two attacks, a State Department official said. Kerry and Hollande embraced as they met in the courtyard of the presidential palace.
“The American people watched you and your team lead with great elegance and grace, and we watched the people of France come together with great sense of purpose and unity,” Kerry said. “It was a great lesson to the world.”