Last week I commented regarding Senator Obama: "...underneath the smooth oratory, he's a know-it-all, and I'm not sure that's going to wear well over the long haul."
The latest example: Senator Obama belittles Americans who are not multilingual, and says that we shouldn't be worrying about Spanish-speaking immigrants to the U.S. learning to speak English -- we need to be more concerned about American children learning Spanish.
He finds Americans "embarrassing": "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."
Putting aside the undoubted value of being multilingual, do we really want the next President looking down his nose at Americans the way Senator Obama is inclined to do? This calls to mind "bitter Americans clinging to guns and religion"... He seems to feel most of us are hicks.
Ed Morrissey: "He’s complaining that Americans don’t speak the native language when we visit Europe, but that we don’t speak the immigrant language when people move to the United States. With that argument, shouldn’t we expect Europeans to speak English when we travel there?"
In other Obama news, Michelle Malkin is amused by Obama's claim that a four-part interview with his very young daughters speaking to ACCESS HOLLYWOOD -- which raised questions about both exploitation and the tabloid-style choice of venue -- "suddenly...cropped up and I didn't catch it quickly enough." As Michelle notes, the interview probably took hours of setup, makeup, and more.
Do we want someone that slow reacting to world events? :)
Speaking of world events, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to Senator Obama's request to give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate this summer as "inappropriate," saying he should not hold a "campaign rally" there and that "It is unusual to do electioneering abroad. No German candidate for high office would even think of using the National Mall."
Thursday Update: John Hinderaker at Power Line writes "Obama Snickers at His Countrymen": "Barack Obama made a fool of himself again yesterday...he mocked Americans as ignoramuses..."
"The spectacle of Obama and his fans enjoying their presumed superiority over the rest of us benighted Americans -- the most telling feature of the video is the 'knowing' laughs Obama elicits from his audience -- is not pretty."