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U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and James Taylor Tag Team France [VIDEO]

Overcompensates with "You've Got a Friend"

(SNN) – In what will become one of the most awkward diplomatic moves in years by a world power, the United States sends in Secretary of State John Kerry, with former chart topper James Taylor, to serenade France with his hit "You've Got a Friend." The gesture comes after U.S. President Barack Obama came under criticism for not attending a world leader support rally in response to the terror attack on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Kerry began by stating , "I represent a nation grateful each day that France is our oldest ally." Kerry then introduced musician James Taylor, who performed his hit "You've Got a Friend," starting with several bars of the French national anthem.

James Taylor Serenades France with "You've Got a Friend."

Although the gesture is not intended as an apology for the USA's absence at the support rally, Kerry did refer to his trip as a "big hug" from the U.S. to France.

The gesture can only be seen as a political move in an attempt to save face, in light of America's snub on France. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton expressed his opinion on Kerry's diplomatic stance by telling FOX News anchor Greta Van Susteren that the administration's policies have gone from "really ridiculous to unbelievable." Bolton added, "What's at issue here to me is not the symbolism or the gesture, it's that our policies are wretched. The substance is wrong."

The song itself is a rather uncomfortable choice, which made the gesture even more awkward. Taylor sang, “You just call out my name . . .I'll come running, oh yeah baby. To see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall. All you have to do is call. And I'll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah. You've got a friend.”

Perhaps a better choice would have been to ask another ally to step in and lend a helping hand. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known to belt out the tune, “I'm On My Way” by The Proclaimers. At least that song would have expressed what people expected of President Obama.

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