During her husband’s first run at the White House, Michelle Obama said something we should have paid more attention to. Referring to the support for her husband, the now-first lady told a Milwaukee crowd, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”
That we were electing a man whose wife couldn’t even be bothered to feign pride in our nation ought to have been a red flag the size of Texas. And, six years into the biggest presidential debacle since James Earl Carter occupied 1600 Pennsylvania, the Obamas have done nothing to allay those fears.
Now, our president has found an ingenious new way to be embarrassed of America and its citizens. You probably wouldn’t guess it in a million years, either.
“It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German,” the president said before an audience.
“And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is ‘merci beaucoup!’” (H/T Conservative Post.)
This raises the question: how can Obama be so embarrassed that Americans can’t speak French when he has avice president that can barely speak English?
The number of things our president feels it necessary to apologize for is simply astonishing.
It’s bad enough that he’s felt the need to apologize to the brutal autocrat of Cuba for “taking a long time to talk on the phone.” Or to the United Nations, where he took responsibility for every anti-American perception in the wider world, no matter how specious.
However, I understand these. It’s what Obama said he would do when he was elected. If you didn’t think that’s what he was promising, you weren’t listening closely enough.
The idea that he’s embarrassed more Americans can’t speak French isn’t just condescending, it’s petty and irrelevant.
He should also keep in mind that many American can speak a European language – Spanish. And more and more will have to, thanks to the fact that he’s ensured we’ll be a de facto bilingual country for centuries to come.
By the way: how’s your French, Barack? Care to lay some on us?
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune