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Posted: 9/16/2009 7:36:13 AM EST
Sitting here watching Obama's meeting with the Canadian PM, and when the PM began speaking in French, I couldn't help but notice Obama just sitting there looking like a dope.

Have any of our past Presidents spoken other languages?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:37:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:38:26 AM EST by the_ak_kid]
Bush spoke spanish.


And as I remember, he was noted as being the first who was bi lingual. May be wrong though.


Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:37:24 AM EST
GWB was fluent in Spanish.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:37:31 AM EST
I'm pretty sure Bush has a pretty big grasp of Spanish. Not fluent, but good enough.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:37:42 AM EST
Our Third most certainly did. I'm sure we've had a few.

No need to now.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:37:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:38:22 AM EST by StandardDeviation]
Jefferson spoke French fluently. There was one president (Taft maybe?) that could write the same translation in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other - simultaneously.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:38:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:38:10 AM EST by Matthew_Q]
No, I'm pretty sure they were all heterosexual.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:38:33 AM EST
Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson spoke Badass.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:38:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:40:35 AM EST by Seraph]
W speaks Spanish.

ETA - http://www.brighthub.com/education/languages/articles/24137.aspx

Apparently, Thomas Jefferson spoke six languages, fluently.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:39:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
No, I'm pretty sure they were all heterosexual.




Not sure about obama
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:39:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson spoke Badass.




Reagan spoke kickassanese
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:39:36 AM EST
I wonder - how many of our early presidents spoke Latin?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:39:40 AM EST
FDR spoke German and French fluently.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:40:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
No, I'm pretty sure they were all heterosexual.




Buchanan

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:40:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By StandardDeviation:
Jefferson spoke French fluently. There was one president (Taft maybe?) that could write the same translation in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other - simultaneously.


That was Garfield. Carter also speaks Spanish.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:40:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By M-1975:
I wonder - how many of our early presidents spoke Latin?


A lot of them I imagine.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:41:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:41:35 AM EST by California_Kid]
The early ones were probably all proficient in German to some extent.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:41:18 AM EST
We got one now
Ebonics


Lord I apologize for that one right there
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:41:47 AM EST
Thomas Jefferson could at least read in 5 or more languages:

http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Languages_Jefferson_Spoke_or_Read


Jefferson said in an April 12, 1817 letter to Joseph Delaplaine, "I was educated at William and Mary college in Williamsburg. I read Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, and English of course, with something of it’s radix the Anglo-Saxon." In addition to the languages he lists, there is some evidence that Jefferson was attempting German.[3]

Jefferson had dictionaries, vocabularies, and grammars in a number of other languages in his library. These included Arabic, Gaelic, and Welsh, amongst others. However, without confirmation from Jefferson himself, the most we can assume is that he was "dabbling" in these languages, and never achieved a notable degree of fluency.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:43:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By M-1975:
I wonder - how many of our early presidents spoke Latin?


I'd bet 'most' had a passing understanding of it.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:43:05 AM EST
Latin, Greek, French, and various other languages would have been common amongst our earlier Presidents.

Classical education FTW!

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:43:41 AM EST
Both Adams and his son knew Latin and French. His son was also the ambassador to Russia at one point so may have picked up on some Russian during that period, though the diplomatic language was still French.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:45:06 AM EST
Obongo speaks Kenyan, Sanscrit, and farsi
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:45:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:46:09 AM EST by CavVet]
Originally Posted By RightwingNutjob:
We got one now
Ebonics


Lord I apologize for that one right there




White kids from Hawaii do not speak ebonics.



But Im sure the wookie does.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:45:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Sitting here watching Obama's meeting with the Canadian PM, and when the PM began speaking in French, I couldn't help but notice Obama just sitting there looking like a dope.

Have any of our past Presidents spoken other languages?


I think Jefferson spoke something like a half dozen languages. He was a very well educated man.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:46:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By Flakchak:
GWB was fluent in Spanish.


Was or still is?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:48:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:51:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:53:14 AM EST by sd_norske]
Herbert Hoover translated De Re Metallica from Latin to English. De Re Metallica is probably the most important mining textbook ever published.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:53:11 AM EST
TR was certainly fluent in German, he had the ability to recite pages of German poetry from memory.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:53:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 7:55:59 AM EST by TheRocketmac]
If you remove Latin...


The first 4 spoke more than one language. This is just off the top of my head though, recalling the reading done during AP American History in highschool 11 years ago..


Teddy R was also very well read and educated. I remember reading that he would read many books (the same book) in multiple languages to see how they were different.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:54:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By Seraph:
W speaks Spanish.

ETA - http://www.brighthub.com/education/languages/articles/24137.aspx


Yeah I've heard that. I'm pretty sure most ofthe founding fathers were multilingual.

Apparently, Thomas Jefferson spoke six languages, fluently.




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Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:56:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By RightwingNutjob:
We got one now
Ebonics


Lord I apologize for that one right there

Bet he speaks Pidgin too..... (God, that shit is hard to understand)....
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:18:47 AM EST
Obama speaks Spanish. Didn't your hear him wish the Mexican ambassador a happy "Cinco de cuatro?"

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:26:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By RightwingNutjob:
We got one now
Ebonics


Lord I apologize for that one right there


It was hard to predict that this comment was on the way!

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:45:25 AM EST
Reports surfacing lately indicate our current POTUS is bi.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:02:49 PM EST
I heard Kennedy was pretty good with his tongue.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 11:31:23 PM EST
What did Barry Soetoro speak in Indonesia, or are all those records sealed too?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:52:45 AM EST
Typical libs are dumb as a box of rocks.

Anyone got POTUS' grades from Columbia? No. Harvard? No. Papers he might have written? No. Proof of brilliance? No. He sure as heck doesn't know Spanish or French. He was a little kid in Indonesia...he probably knows some Arab but won't admit to it for obvious reasons - and it probably amounts to just some pat phrases....

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:35:03 AM EST

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 2:02:47 AM EST
A few years back when the Queen was coming for a visit, Leno says in honor of the visit, Bush is learning a few phrases in English.
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