The Hug: Political Weapon, For Better Or Worse
John Kerry was criticized after an odd hug with the French president, highlighting the politics behind the one-on-one embrace.By Christian Bryant | January 16, 2015
"My visit to France is basically to share a big hug with the people of Paris," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kept that promise Friday when he embraced French President Francois Hollande. That hug follows attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Kosher market in France that killed 18 people.
Despite his efforts to extend support to France on behalf of the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry is being criticized for the this close encounter, with some saying it was a political faux-pas.