This video of Mitt Romney speaking French to Olympics volunteers in 2002. Noreen Malone says she “can’t really imagine this 2002 video…going over especially well with the right-wing base.” Andrew Sullivan says the video could “do some damage” to Romney with the right. The fact that they’re both right is what makes me deeply cynical about this country.
The fact that speaking another language is actually a bad thing for a sizable portion of my countrymen just makes me shake my head. The fact that our Congress actually voted to change the name of french fries to “freedom fries” after the invasion of Iraq because France didn’t support that invasion makes me want to climb a clock tower. Rational people are appalled that so many Americans could actually be that stupid, but many others are too busy shouting “USA! USA! USA!” to notice or care.