So That’s How That Happened – The Backstory To The Weirdly Awkward John Kerry / James Taylor Charlie Hebdo Thing…

dJune 20, 2015

The Last Refuge:

History needs to be corrected.  In the post Charlie Hebdo attack aftermath, every media outlet said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked James Taylor to fly to Paris.  Actually, the opposite is true; James Taylor’s wife asked Secretary Kerry to come to Paris.  Nice to know what’s actually driving our diplomatic endeavors…. 

Buried in a recent Billboard interview we find this:

In January, after the Charlie Hebdo murders in France, you sang “You’ve Got a Friend” at a rally in Paris, which Secretary of State John Kerry attended. How did that come about?

At the time of the attacks, my wife and I were in Switzerland, taking vacation time before I went to Paris to do press for a tour of Europe. John and Teresa Kerry are, I would say, our good friends.

Kim was texting him after the attacks and said, “John, I think you need to go to Paris.” They were having a solidarity march two days after the attack. But John had to be in Peshawar, for a secret meeting.

He said, “I’ll be there as soon as I can.”

When he came to Paris, we had dinner and he said, “I’m giving a speech with the mayor tomorrow. James, will you sing ‘You’ve Got a Friend’?”

It was done at the drop of a hat. When I stood up to sing, my guitar wasn’t working. So the mayor [Anne Hidalgo] came over and held her mic in front of my guitar. (link)

More at The Last Refuge

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

One thought on “So That’s How That Happened – The Backstory To The Weirdly Awkward John Kerry / James Taylor Charlie Hebdo Thing…

  1. Great find, Taylor and Carry are both cut from the same cloth. Taylor was married to Carly Simon, perhaps she kicked his ass to the curb like the Muslims did to Carry. So what’s the real back story, was this guy shot or did he fall off of his bike.

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