Am I allowed to mock this?
Mystifyingly responding to outraged conservative critics who bashed him for not flying over to France personally, Obama tried to salvage American face this week by sending John Kerry to Paris…
… who showed up and said he was there to give France “a hug” from us…
… and then trotted out James Taylor — I can only assume because it turned out that Barry Manilow turned out to be booked, Andy Williams turned out to be dead, and Englebert Humperdinck turned out to be Scottish — to sing a song about “friendship.”
I think this might well be the most awkward attempt at US-European diplomacy since Bush II tried to give Angela Merkel a massage in front of the foreign press.
I really wish the White House had stayed course on its initial quiet, dignified route. And if they felt they really had to do something show-bizzy like this, I wish they would have gone whole hog and thumbed their noses at the Fox News crowd by sending Jay Z and Beyonce. Pretty sure all of France would agree with me on that.
 Mystifying because if he had gone, they would have been equally outraged that he did.
We’ll never know what their reasoning would have been in that alternate universe, but my money is on either “More proof that he cares more about foreigners than he does Americans!” or “Another taxpayer-paid luxury vacation for the tyrant and first lady!”