July 11, 2008

When Republicans attack

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 5:29 pm by Katharine Lackey

A remark made by Barack Obama has come under attack by Republicans who claim the presumptive Democratic nominee is going to force all children to learn Spanish.

In yet another example of meaningful policies getting blown out of proportion, here’s what Obama actually said:

Obama was answering a question on education when he said he doesn’t understand people who say “we need English only.”

“I agree that immigrants should learn English,” Obama said. “But instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual. We should have every child speaking more than one language.”

He argued that the country should be emphasizing foreign language study in classrooms.

“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!'” Obama said, laughing.

As always, FOX news failed to show the entire clip and instead played “you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” Instead of entering into a real debate about education, the network decides to once again just attack Obama. (I’ll admit, I’m adamantly opposed to FOX news — I just don’t like their style, their claim to be “fair and balanced.” — see now wasn’t it more ‘fair’ to admit that upfront?)

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