Monday, April 06, 2009

Do You Speak Austrian?

Gaffepalooza continues....

Obama: I’m extraordinarily impressed by the quality of leadership. I am constantly reminded that although there are cultural differences that are important and that we have to be sensitive to, what we have in common between Europe and the United States so vastly exceeds any differences that we have; that we should not forget why we are allies, and we should be careful about some of the easy stereotypes that take place on both sides of the borders.

It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

Memo to BO, Austria believe it or not speaks German or Deutsch if your a Berliner[sic]. A tiny minority speak either Croation or Hungarian.

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