The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
News You Can Use
“Urgent State Dept. Warning to Americans Overseas: Don’t Get Drunk on Local Booze”–headline, Washington Times, May 14
Out on a Limb
“From Camp David, POTUS says hard, historic peace between #Israel and the Palestinians ‘seems distant now.’ “–tweet, @mawilner (Michael Wilner, Jerusalem Post), May 14
We Are the What?
“Barack Obama supporter singer James Taylor doesn’t just think the U.S. president is great–he believes Obama is the greatest of all-time,” the Associated Press reports:
I’ve been watching politics since (Dwight) Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and Obama is my favorite, favorite president,” Taylor said in an interview Wednesday. “I am just thankful for every day that he’s in office. I am so proud that he represents my country and I think he represents me–I think he represents the America that I know.
Meanwhile, the AP reports from Antalya, Turkey, that “in a distinctly different note for a military alliance meeting, European officials ended a NATO meeting with a spirited rendition of ‘We Are The World'”:
The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey–Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nikos Kotzias–were seen singing and swaying arm-in-arm to the tune of the 1985 charity song. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini and others also joined in the sing-along.
…Secretary of State John Kerry had left the meeting before the singing began. If Taylor is such an admirer of Obama, you’d think he’d have offered to perform. We never thought we’d say this, but it would have been less embarrassing.
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