Magazine February 6, 2012, Issue

Speaking in Tongues

‘Bonjour. Je m’appelle Mitt.’ (Roman Genn)
Candidates, Americans, and their foreign languages

The first words I ever heard Jon Huntsman speak were Chinese. Seriously. I knew about him, of course, but I had never heard him speak. Then, early last summer, I clicked on a video of an appearance by Huntsman in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. He opened with a burst of Chinese. To me, he looked awfully pleased with his prowess.

A half a year later, in one of the New Hampshire debates, he again spoke Chinese. He was rebuking Mitt Romney on some point of U.S. policy toward China. He was also showing off (I thought).

Huntsman learned Chinese

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