Is all forgiven? Secretary of State John Kerry certainly hopes so, after he met with the President of France on Jan. 16 and brought James Taylor along for a touching performance of ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. Was this his way of reminding the country America is still an ally after he missed the country’s solidarity march in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks?
In an odd grand gesture-esque move, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to France to offer his sincere condolences over the terror attacks that have haunted the country for the past 10 days by enlisting James Taylor to perform his classic “You’ve Got A Friend,” at city hall. This show of support comes after both John and President Obama were absent at the unity march in Paris on Jan. 11. — but is it too little too late? Click to watch.
John Kerry: James Taylor Performs ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ In Paris
You know, we agree that America really needed to pull out the stops to apologize to Paris and their government for not sending a member of the administration to their solidarity march after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. We just don’t know if this was the right way to go about it. But, even if belated and a bit sappy, any gesture is still an important gesture for America to make.
“I really wanted to come here and share a hug with all of Paris and all friends,” John said to the crowd at Hotel de Ville, the city hall of Paris, according to Yahoo. “I wanted to tell you personally of the horror and revulsion that all Americans felt at these cowardly and despicable attacks against innocent victims and fundamental values.”
John took the stage at Hotel de Ville to watch James put on an emotional show. With just his guitar in his hands, James sang the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” He followed up that performance with his 1971 hit “You’ve Got A Friend.”
James was the perfect performer to honor the slain victims of the Paris terror attacks. “You’ve Got A Friend” was an excellent song choice to show that France always has a friend in the United States during this difficult time.
The White House apologized for the lack of U.S. presence at the Jan. 11 solidarity march in Paris that featured dozens of Western nation leaders. They also said President Obama would have liked to go.
Charlie Hebdo Massacre & Hostage Situations Take Over France
Twelve employees were viciously murdered at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices on Jan. 7 by suspected gunmen, Said and Cherif Kouachi.
France was hit two separate hostage situations two days later — one in a kosher market and another in a small printing house. After police raided both places, three suspects, including Said and Cherif, were killed.
However, four hostages tragically lost their lives in the midst of the madness.
Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victims of the brutal Paris terror attack.
— Avery Thompson