Originally Posted by Florian
How many modern American presidents have spoken a foreign language? Indeed how many quite intelligent Americans at the highest levels of academia ever learn a foreign language? I grant you that a good liberal education should include knowledge of a foreign language, with a smattering of Latin and Greek, but I am not at all convinced that "true leaders" need to be liberally educated.
Though it would be nice.
well put, but i agree with op in the sense that obama's lack of interest in foreign languages (and cultures, literature etc.) does not speak well of him on a personal level. probably has very little do with his aptitude as president, however.