— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 16, 2015
The United States government prominently failed to send either President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, or any other senior-ranking official to the French Solidarity Rally last Sunday, attending by over 1 million people and numerous prominent world leaders.
This Friday, however, Secretary of State John Kerry laid it on thick by having legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor perform “You’ve Got A Friend” at a Paris press conference.
The next day, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that this was a mistake, and that someone with a higher profile should have been sent.
Bloomberg reported that Taylor is a longtime friend of Kerry’s and was “in Paris promoting his European concert tour later this year.”
Shortly afterwards, BBC mocked the performance slamming the Obama administration saying James Taylor’s outreach to France is “no better definition of soft power.”