James Taylor joins John Kerry in Paris to honor terror victims in song
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (and the rest of the Obama administration) have endured criticism for failing to attend a Paris anti-terrorist rally in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket that left 17 dead last week. So when Kerry arrived in France on Friday, he made a few symbolic gestures: He hugged President Francois Hollande, laid a wreath at the site of the kosher supermarket where four were killed by terrorists days after the initial Charlie Hebdo attack, and brought in James Taylor to sing a rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”
Yes, one of those things is not like the others. Taylor’s serenade is a little awkward to watch (see: Kerry’s self-conscious foot-tapping, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley being forced to hold an extra microphone to Taylor’s guitar). Nevertheless, the performance earned a robust round of applause from the audience.