Shark Jumped

Behold the international healing power of bad '70s folk music.

"Kerry Brings James Taylor to Serenade French With 'You've Got a Friend,'" the Weekly Standard's Michael Warren reports. No, I'm not kidding:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after terrorists attacked last week. The former Massachusetts senator brought fellow Bay Stater and singer-songwriter James Taylor to sing a slightly off-key rendition of "You've Got a Friend" to a Parisian audience. Watch the video below:

No. And you can't make me. If the New Republic can write film reviews without actually watching the movie, I can snark about this without risking the video of James Taylor singing "a slightly off-key rendition of 'You've Got a Friend'" being seered -- seeered! -- into my brain.

Picture this: Tom Wolfe is working on his next satiric novel, set in the White House. A French magazine has just had a dozen staffers murdered by Islamic terrorists. The president, who was dubbed by his critics "The World's Biggest Celebrity" after his 2008 speech to pick up the badly needed electoral college votes of Germany, can't be bothered to attend the enormous protest rally in Paris in memorial to the slain writers. His Francophile secretary of state can't be bothered to attend. A week later, the 71 year old Washington lifer whose mind and haircut are trapped in his halcyon youth of Vietnam and the Beatles arrives to pay his respects.

With a folk singer in tow.

Critics would howl that Wolfe has gone senile -- that this would never happen in real life. No administration is this cartoonish. Even George Bush, known for his "cowboy diplomacy" wouldn't have brought a country & western singer armed with a Martin guitar to France.

Of course -- it could have been worse. Kerry could have brought Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, to sing "Peace Train." Or Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to play "Stairway to Heaven" on acoustic. I wonder if they were Kerry's first choices?

In his Third Law of Politics, historian Robert Conquest posits that "The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies." This administration, which began with handing out an iPod of Obama's speeches to the Queen of England and a Staples-style "Reset Button" to Putin really does seem to be the living embodiment of how a conservative would satirize a far left White House, doesn't it?

On the other hand, look on the bright side. "With this the Boomer era is officially over, making today a wonderful day," Allahpundit writes.

And speaking of aging boomers -- if Lorne Michaels doesn't jump on this tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live, we'll know that...no wait, that shark was jumped decades ago. But this sketch does write itself, doesn't it?

Update: Naturally, Twitter is having loads of fun with Kerry's stunt:

Plus Senator Blutarsky offers his thoughts on the musical stylings of his esteemed Bay State colleagues.