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John Kerry refuses
to speak French
at news conference

BBC, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:James Leyva, 2/10/2013 2:20:35 PM

John Kerry has prompted a Gallic shrug by refusing to speak French at his maiden news conference as US Secretary of State. Asked to answer a question with a "bit of French please", he said: "Not today. I got to refresh myself on that." The response surprised some in the francophone world as Mr Kerry attended a Swiss boarding school and is known to speak the language well.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bazi, 2/10/2013 2:26:37 PM     (No. 9168904)

He also "got" to refresh his English grammar.

Reply 2 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 2/10/2013 2:34:30 PM     (No. 9168914)

"I got to refresh myself on that." The man ain´t speakin´ very good English either.




Reply 3 - Posted by: James Leyva, 2/10/2013 2:35:24 PM     (No. 9168916)

Please forgive him. French is his native tongue.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Wilko, 2/10/2013 2:36:59 PM     (No. 9168921)

Millions of French people were grateful. "Lurch" is bad enough with English.

Reply 5 - Posted by: badrad, 2/10/2013 2:37:03 PM     (No. 9168922)

Jean Effing Kerry-Heinz doesn´t want to start the image making. How did we ever get a war protestor as Secretary of State? LOL as tears don´t seem to matter to the muses.

Reply 6 - Posted by: novakid, 2/10/2013 2:44:21 PM     (No. 9168933)

Was that English?

Reply 7 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/10/2013 2:46:47 PM     (No. 9168938)

But he´s such a frenchie.




Reply 8 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 2/10/2013 2:47:54 PM     (No. 9168946)

Creole Lady Marmalade.

Reply 9 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/10/2013 2:59:18 PM     (No. 9168962)

"Kin I git me a grammar lesson here?"


Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/10/2013 3:05:06 PM     (No. 9168968)

Why doesn´t he just read it off the TelePrompter like Mr Corpse-men?
´´Mercy Beo Coop!´´

Reply 11 - Posted by: JAN, 2/10/2013 3:07:39 PM     (No. 9168974)

Begins with a lie.

As expected.

Reply 12 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/10/2013 3:08:45 PM     (No. 9168978)

So how proficient is he in French, really?




Reply 13 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/10/2013 3:09:49 PM     (No. 9168979)

Jean Fraud might want to learn how to say, ´What does it matter now?´ in French...just saying...

Reply 14 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/10/2013 3:12:15 PM     (No. 9168983)

Another source of comic relief, added to Biden, although i thought Shakespearean tragedies usually employ one Fool for that role.

This should be amusing... as long as the Republic prevails.

Reply 15 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/10/2013 3:34:24 PM     (No. 9168996)

I was under the impression that Nuance was his native language.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Quigley, 2/10/2013 3:40:59 PM     (No. 9169003)

I truly doubt he is competent at anything except boasting and innuendo about his abilities.

Reply 17 - Posted by: object_distance, 2/10/2013 3:50:04 PM     (No. 9169022)

#16, just like his boss!




Reply 18 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/10/2013 4:08:22 PM     (No. 9169045)

He doesn´t know French. Like everything else about him, it was a pose. A few years ago, Sarkozy got to hear what passed for French from this ´sophisticate´s´ tongue and gagged at how ignorant and bad his grasp of the language really was.

Reply 19 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/10/2013 4:24:45 PM     (No. 9169064)

Think his handlers have told him to backpeddle the foreign crapola for a few months?

Reply 20 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 4:27:23 PM     (No. 9169070)

When the American hero served gloriously in Vietnam, formerly French Indochina,
his best buddy was Franc O. Phile.

Reply 21 - Posted by: suziannr, 2/10/2013 4:39:11 PM     (No. 9169083)

I think he´s been called Jean Fraud by conservatives so long he doesn´t want to give us any new ammo (can I still use that word?)

Reply 22 - Posted by: jorgecito, 2/10/2013 5:40:54 PM     (No. 9169161)

Jean Fraud Kerry has probably never spoken "the language well," despite his attendance at a tony Swiss boarding school. Didn´t he get a bad grade in French at Yale?

Oh, we will hear future speeches in French delivered by Kerry -- but he´ll use a Teleprompter.

Even with the Teleprompter, there are likely to be plenty of gaffes, along the lines of the incompetence Hillary demonstrated when she confused "peregruzka" and "perezagruzka" in front of Russian minister Lavrov.



Reply 23 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 5:41:49 PM     (No. 9169162)

Jean Eff Kerry... friend or faux?

Reply 24 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/10/2013 6:01:49 PM     (No. 9169188)

"First I got to get me one of them rosetta stone classes."

Reply 25 - Posted by: keekng, 2/10/2013 6:02:46 PM     (No. 9169189)

He was in Vietnam, doncha know.....

Reply 26 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/10/2013 6:07:41 PM     (No. 9169194)

So when we were told by his campaign that he ´thinks in French´, that was all a lie?

Well I am shocked./s

Reply 27 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/10/2013 6:08:36 PM     (No. 9169195)

#8 - I like marmalade - please don´t link it to the shameless walking cadaver.

Reply 28 - Posted by: Wendybird, 2/10/2013 7:27:29 PM     (No. 9169268)

I learned some french while in the military also. “Ein bier, bitte”

Reply 29 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 2/10/2013 8:15:49 PM     (No. 9169311)

I didn´t know Effin Horseface could speak French. I thought his native tongue was "lying."

Reply 30 - Posted by: garyhope, 2/10/2013 9:06:59 PM     (No. 9169375)

Moi, je déteste la position de Jean Francois Phony. Il est un traître à son pays et un lâche. Il est un poseur prétentieux et pompeux.

And he´s also a big fancy pants sissy butt boy and a worthless, lying POS. How many of our top secret plans and secrets will he give away to our enemies?

Reply 31 - Posted by: WIBadger, 2/10/2013 9:34:30 PM     (No. 9169404)

Everytime the media references Jean Francois Kerry, we need to get them to add the phrase ´who BTW served in Vietnam´....

Between Biden & Thirston Howell III, we have what is often referred to as comedy gold.

Reply 32 - Posted by: steph_gray, 2/10/2013 10:30:41 PM     (No. 9169435)

#31 - James Taranto of the WSJ already does that.

I look forward to his next column in which I suspect the "haughty, French-speaking" part may change to "sort of French speaking" or something similar. ;-)

Reply 33 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/10/2013 11:05:38 PM     (No. 9169472)

He said, while sniffing his perfumed lace hankie.

Reply 34 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/10/2013 11:57:39 PM     (No. 9169505)

But he is fluent in putz.

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