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Speaking of Language, Monsieur Romney

Republicans have gone into high dudgeon over Barack Obama’s suggestion at a town hall meeting in Georgia this week that Americans might profitably emulate the European dexterity with language (when it comes to foreign languages, Europeans tend to speak many, while Americans tend to know rien, nada, niente, nichts).

“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!’” Mr. Obama said, to laughter from the crowd.


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