Giuliani: Obama Capturing 'an Anti-American Feeling'
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
@ 12:32 pm by Andy Barr
July 10, 2008
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-N.Y.) said Thursday that Barack Obama is capturing 'an anti-American feeling' responding to Obama telling a town hall audience in Georgia that their children should learn to speak Spanish.
“Well this is why he is a popular candidate in Europe, because there is such an anti-American feeling and he is sort of capturing that,” Giuliani said on MSNBC.
Giuliani said he was not as troubled by Obama's suggestion that children learn Spanish as the assumption that immigrant families are learning English.
“It makes sense to teach your children another language,” Giuliani said. But, Giuliani added, “the reality is that this is a country that should speak Englishand if we can learn an extra language or two that would be terrific.”
The former New York City Mayor said Obama is “sliding over” the need for immigrant families to learn English by “making an assumption that isn't true, that all immigrants are learning English. They're not.”
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Rudy's right. Obama hates the U.S. as it currently exists. He wants to live in a country that is bi-lingual, bi-sexual, anti-gun, pro-illegal immigration and anti-business. He should be running for President of Cuba. Comment by Austin Hardy July 10, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
Bottom line is that English should be the official language of America, just like french is official language of France, Spanish for Spain and Mexico. These countries do not cater to one specific group like we do with Spanish documents. Comment by Aaron July 10, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
The real question is, why did Obama suggest Spanish and Spanish only. There is nothing wrong with learning a second language. In fact, everyone agrees that the ability to speak different languages enrich our lives.
However, the reason Obama singled out Spanish is transparent. He is merely playing the typical political game of pandering to a specific voting block.If he were talking to German Americans, he probably would have said German.
Comment by Grant July 10, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
RudyCaptain 9/11. That's just moronic. Obama is anti American because he wants to improve the country? 9/11 Flag Pin Reverand Wright Rudy and Co. can't stand on the same stage with Obama when it comes to understanding how to return the United States to the most respected nation in the world. The only thing they have is fear mongering, catch phrases, and soundbytes. Comment by ted July 10, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
This country was built on English Rule, and it shall stay that way. My forefathers had to learn English and many others. Why should we switch it now? Because We're being invaded from the South? I think not.
Comment by John July 10, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
Well Austin, this country is not working the way its currently being run. So in order for things to change, a different approach must be taken. Further, I am not sure how offering small businesses tax breaks is “anti-business.” In my mind, offering corps like BP (who mind you, posted 1Q profits of 16Bin a quarter!) tax breaks is anti-business.
Further, Rudy never stated that Obama hates America.
Wake up! Its 2008 buddynot 1945. This IS a global worldand if the U.S. wants to lead this world, we must be a global country.
Comment by Zach July 10, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
How dare Obama suggest that children learn something useful. This is America! We can be as stupid as we want to be!
Comment by Ryan July 10, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
One last thing. He never states we should all speak Spanish instead of English. He's simply pointing out that our country is becoming even more of a melting pot. Did anyone even see what Obama said? Lord.
Comment by Zach July 10, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
Ted, you have drunk way too much kool-aid!
Comment by IhateObama July 10, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
Yeah. After Spanish maybe Americans can learn the other 400 languages spoken by immigrants. Ooooooooooor, the immigrants – who chose to live here – could learn one.
I hate to throw common sense in your face.but, that's how I roll.
Comment by JP July 10, 2008 @ 1:09 pm