Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wingnuts: Obtuse in any language

-- by Dave

K Lo is "just curious":

If Obama could go to Germany and give a speech in English and be not only understood but well-received, why does he say we all need to learn another language?

Gee, maybe because he thinks being multilingual, as the Germans (and most Europeans) are, is a good thing. Here's what he said:

“You know, it’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe, and all we can say [is], ‘Merci beaucoup.’ Right?"

I guess K Lo thinks monolingualism is one of those gawd-given American rights that actually makes us superior to the rest of the world. Hey, they all want to learn English, right -- so why should we bother?

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