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Critics Call John Kerry Embarrassing After Bringing James Taylor To Serenade The French

January 17, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Secretary of State John Kerry visited France on Friday in a strange bid to save face after the Obama administration that failed to send one high ranking official to the unity march in Paris last week following the terror attacks on the Offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“I represent a nation grateful each day that France is our oldest ally,” Kerry said.

He then trotted out, musician James Taylor, who performed his famous song “You’ve Got a Friend,” which started with several bars of the French national anthem.

The event was officially called an “Hommage de John Kerry a Paris,” AP reported, however many in social media called it embarrassing.

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The event comes less than a week after the administration declined to send Kerry or any other high-profile official to an anti-terror rally in Paris.

Kerry paid tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher market attacks, saying “I really wanted to come here and share a hug with all of Paris and all friends.”

The Secretary of State said he would not apologize for the administration’s no-show at the rally, instead chose to call his trip a “big hug” from the U.S. to France.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton appeared on Greta Van Susteren said the administration’s policies has gone from “really ridiculous to unbelievable.”

“What’s at issue here to me is the not the symbolism or the gesture, it’s that our policies are wretched. The substance is wrong,” said Bolton.

The event trended like wildfire globally on Twitter and generating some criticism of Kerry’s choice.


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