MILLINOCKET, Maine, January 18, 2015 – John Kerry had vowed to give Paris a hug when he arrived five days late for the Paris rally. For some unexplainable reason, the Secretary of State brought along singer “Sweet Baby James” Taylor who sang his signature song, “You’ve got a Friend.”
Kerry gave an awkward, overly intimate hug to French President Francois Hollande. Pictures of that embrace hit social media faster than light speed. After seeing the photos, most people were thinking, “Get a room!”
Preparation for Taylor’s performance was a bit slack. At first, there was only one microphone set at guitar level. For two minutes James sang to his navel, showing the top of his head to the audience.
There could have been some real bonding if he had painted ”je suis Charlie” or “vive la France” on his scalp. He finally noticed that someone had found another microphone and was holding it so that he could finish the song upright.
Anyone who had been hoping to see a display of decorum and finesse must have thrown their hands in the air and headed for the exit. To call it an embarrassment would be a kindness.
But then, there seems to be a never-ending parade of embarrassment in Obama’s faux pas administration. How can America ever again garner respect when we have a President whose religion is golf, foreign policy is hide-and-seek and our diplomacy comes from Sesame Street?
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