The U.S of A: Where Politicians Apologize for Wanting to Educate Kids
July 12, 2008
Have we really dumbed ourselves down so much in this country that presidential candidates have to apologize for saying that children should learn things?
ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Sen. Barack Obama reiterated his belief Friday that America's children to learn a foreign language, firing back against criticism he received from some conservative groups who suggested the Illinois senator wanted to make the United States a bilingual country.
Speaking in Powder Springs, GA on Tuesday Obama told the crowd that it's embarrassing when Europeans come to the US and they all speak English. By comparison, Obama said, America's young people do not have matching language skills.
"All we can say is merci beacoup," Obama said. "We should be emphasizing foreign languages in our schools from an early age."
The statements prompted outrage from some conservative groups who argued his remarks were an endorsement of the idea that Americans should be forced to learn Spanish. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC posted Obama's comments on their website with the headline: "Voters Reject Obama's Call for Bilingualism."
At a town hall in Dayton, Ohio the presumptive Democratic nominee attempted to explain his statements, blasting the interpretation of his original remarks.