Friday, January 16, 2015

A Week That Began In Tragedy Ends In Farce

Ladies and Gentlemen, that actually happened, and we let it happen.

President Obama has said “I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow.”

“We” stand with the people of France but Obama, personally, did not. He said that during a speech in Tennessee.

So, today SecState Kerry went to Paris and did an apology tour (see his remarks here), which he began with some highly awkward hugging and ended by having an ancient hippie - “a good friend from Massachusetts” - sing three minutes of elevator music.

Just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running
Unless I’m spending a relaxing day at home watching football on TV

Maybe Obama now wishes he had TIVO’d that game.

And maybe the French should now respond by sending us Taylor's contemporary, Carole King, to sing It’s Too Late.

But really, we don’t need to send any of our singers to France. The French people can sing just fine for themselves. This is what the Members of Parliament sang after they observed a minute of silence for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre:

The Marseillaise ends with a line about making the impure blood of the invaders water the fields of France. That sentiment suits the occasion better than anything that ever came from James Taylor.


James said...

Thank you TSB for the lead and the perfect song for Msr. Kerry:

Anonymous said...

TSB: That's sad! This would have been more fun! gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Yemen: coup or no coup?

TSB said...

GWB: The latest I've seen is that both sides report they have reached a cease-fire agreement. The last time that happened, the Houthis left the capital. If they stay in the capital this time, then I'd guess it is more serious than last time and closer to a take-over of the government.

Anonymous said...

Here is my theme song for John Kerry: gwb

TSB said...

GWB: Everything is relative, so Kerry probably does feel like a poor boy in the kind of company he keeps. Did Chet Atkins every write a "Livin' Off My Second Wife's First Husband's Grandfather's Ketchup Empire Blue's"?

Anonymous said...

TSB: Unfortunately Chet died in 2001 or he probably would have. You gotta love that little guy in the video who gets the girl! gwb