John Kerry Gives Paris James Taylor And A Big Hug

John Kerry Gives Paris James Taylor And A Big Hug

John Kerry Gives Paris James Taylor And A Big Hug

Secretary of State John Kerry is tackling a new style of diplomacy. Its called the Apology/Hugs/Songfest Tour. You think I’m kidding don’t you? I wish I was. Nicole Gaouette and Gregory Viscusi of Bloomberg News report:

Secretary of State John Kerry, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit France since Islamic militant attacks in Paris left 17 dead, met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and French President Francois Hollande to offer condolences this morning.
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.”

Well, it was a great lesson for much of the world with a few glaring exceptions. There were a few people MIA from Paris over the last week. We can count Sec of State John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Obama among the no-shows. But you see, that doesn’t seem to phase the ever oblivious empty chair leadership we have in this country.

As for the apology part of this “diplomacy?” Not so fast. It seems that SecState Kerry thinks this brouhaha over not attending the solidarity march in Paris should be dismissed as “quibbling.” Yes, that’s correct. We should not be concerned about the epic failure of leadership in recent days and we should not be concerned about who did or didn’t show up in Paris. We need to stop quibbling about the little stuff. Instead we need to sing songs!!

Yes, this is for real. If you have any doubts, the video below will clear it right up for you.


As you can imagine, the Twitterverse is all over this like a fat kid on cake.

Look, I have always enjoyed James Taylor’s music.  But I have to say, this was neither the time nor the place for something like this.  But then again, we are dealing with an administration that only cares when its convenient for them.  It wasn’t convenient for the President to give up his golf game to stand with France.  It wasn’t convenient for him to send John Kerry to France from India, and it certainly wasn’t convenient for him to send VP Joe Biden over.

From this American’s point of view, that lack of leadership was horrendously embarrassing for us and for an ally we’ve had since the American Revolution.  But to triple-down on the embarrassment by offering “hugs” and James Taylor awkwardly singing “You’ve Got a Friend?!!”  I suppose that’s one way to make a grand apology, but somehow I don’t think a James Taylor song and a hug from John Kerry will repair US-France relations any time soon.

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  • Chris in N.Va. says:

    A commenter on another blog site quipped: At least they didn’t sent Barney!

  • Appalled By The World says:

    It’s a damned shame J. Edgar Hoover didn’t round up all the dippy hippies back in the day and put them in re-education camps. It would have spared the entire planet this reign of the mentality of 5 year olds over the last 6 years. And we could avoided the almost as awful reign of Bill Clinton as well.

  • kalitia says:

    What the hell part of, “We’re at war.” don’t they understand?

  • Chris in N.Va. says:

    Maybe a rousing chorus or two of “We are the whirled”? After all, they’re dizzy (and ditsy) enough!

    Another (mis)administration theme song — Spinning Wheel (or Whirl)

    Valerie Jerrett seen in the shadows, nodding and humming along….yup, we sure got the substance right that time, yup, yup, yup, we sure did.

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