Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Speaking French in Paris, John Kerry Takes Dig at America's Clueless Conservatives (VIDEO)

In Paris to consult with France on Mali and with France, Britain, and Germany on Syria, John Kerry switched to French during a press conference with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius.

While calling Europe "un ami de confiance, un allié fidèle et un partenaire apprécié" ("a trusted friend, a faithful ally, and a valued partner", 00:43) — just like France was 10 years ago, when the Massachusetts Democrat's 2004 opponent was embroiled in the Iraq war — John ("if…you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well [and not] get stuck [like a soldier] in Iraq") Kerry took a dig at America's clueless conservatives, ending with a quip to the understanding mocking laughter of France's crème de la crème:
And now I will switch over to English, for otherwise I will not be allowed home in the United States.
(Et maintenant je parle en anglais, parce qu'autrement on ne me laisse pas rentrer chez moi.)