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From Politico:

Jeb Bush, with Donald Trump on his mind, takes the border

But while seeking to clean up one gaffe, he makes another.
By Eli Stokols
8/24/15 6:58 PM EDT

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MCALLEN, Texas — In this predominantly Hispanic border town, Jeb Bush dismissed Donald Trump’s proposal of building a wall to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants through Mexico and called for “a comprehensive” border security strategy — and he did it mostly in Spanish.

Here’s a link to Jeb orating in Spanish from a better camera angle:

http://noticias.univision.com/article/2441358/2015-08-24/estados-unidos/destino-2016/noticias-elecciones/jeb-bush-aclara-que-dijo-bebes-ancla-para-referirse-al-crimen-organizado

Comparing the Spanish and English videos from the same event, Jeb strikes me as a more appealing speaker in Spanish. He seems more like a plausible leader when speaking his confident, personable Spanish than he does when speaking English, a language in which he seems weak, tedious, and furtive:

If American citizens were given the right to vote for President of Mexico, I’d vote for ¡Jeb!

Seriously, Jeb seems like he’d make a perfectly plausible President of Mexico.

When orating in Spanish, Jeb has more gravitas than Mexico’s current president, who looks like a local anchorman in Albuquerque perpetually worried about whether his bantering with the weatherman might reveal on camera that he can’t remember if the sun rises in the east or west, and it’ll go viral, and then not only will he never get that Phoenix job, he’ll be back to doing sports in Grand Junction again.

On the other hand, Jeb just seems uncomfortable speaking English.

“Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded in conservative principles,” Bush said during an appearance at a Mexican restaurant Monday afternoon.

“His proposal is unrealistic. It would cost hundreds of billions of dollars. It will violate peoples civil liberties. It will create friction with our third-largest trading partner that’s not necessary, and I think he’s wrong about this. If he’s serious about this, he might want to read my book, “Immigration Wars,” which I published four years ago.”

The visit to this south Texas border town, an arid patch of used car lots and agricultural warehouses just north of the Rio Grande where 90 percent of the population speaks Spanish, comes as Bush continues to feud publicly over immigration issues with Trump, who currently leads all comers in the GOP nomination fight. …

“What’s happening here on the border is really bad; it’s becoming a Third World country, almost,” said Aurora Blanco, a beautician from McAllen who is a Republican and open to supporting Bush. “The border — they haven’t fixed it and we need somebody to start again with new fresh policies.”

Bush, who has seen his poll numbers dip in the past month, has drawn criticism from two different directions on the issue of illegal immigration — from Trump, who has blasted him for not taking the problem seriously enough, and from those on the left, offended by his use of Trumpian language last week.

Last Wednesday, just as Bush started to intensify his criticism of the New York City businessman for not being a true conservative, the former Florida governor was put on the defensive over his use of the term “anchor babies” in a radio interview.

Bush declined to comment on Trump’s statement and chided the media for allowing Democrats to take his statement “out of context,” noting that he has been “immersed in the immigrant experience” in his upbringing in Texas, his 41-year marriage to a Mexican woman and their bilingual children.

“This is ludicrous for the Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow I was using a derogatory term,” he said, before offering a new explanation of what he was trying to say last week in talking about “anchor babies.”

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship.

“I support the 14th Amendment,” he continued. “Nothing about what I’ve said should be viewed as derogatory toward immigrants at all.

“I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness that somehow you have to be scolded every time you say something. It’s not fair to be taken out of context.”

Democrats, however, blasted Bush again for “tripling down” on the anchor babies line, Jeb’s apparent effort to talk about birth tourism, a recent trend that has seen families, many of them Chinese, willing to pay large sums to have their children born in the United States.

“This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,” said the DNC’s director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement, K.J. Bagchi. “The only thing worse than Jeb Bush’s words about immigrant families may be his policies towards them.”

 
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  1. Jeb’s speech in Spanish at the Mexican border is probably the idea of that dope, Mike Murphy. He fleeced Meg Whitman of millions of dollars in her failed run for the California governorship.

  2. Thats funny cause I saw that video tonight and thought Jeb Bush has been neutered. It happened when Trump started talking about his low energy, rather shouting about his low energy over his teeming screaming fans. And yesterday I was reading about his wife going on outrageous spending sprees for jewelry and shit and Bushing eating the bill and the bad press. Everyone always said he was the smart son. So we got the dumb strutting son and smart shrinking son. I’m thinking Neil’s the mastermind cause everyone who knows knows that Marvin is the fuck up.

    • Disagree: Reg Cæsar
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I've met Neil Bush.
  3. Got to agree with the Asian Pacific lady on the money quote. His policies towards illegal aliens is awful. Sending them home is the only answer. End birthright citizenship. Do it like Jackson did with the SCOTUS if you need to. Simply ignore them.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    Do it like Jackson did with the SCOTUS if you need to. Simply ignore them.
     
    This, I think, is why Trump's candidacy scares the establishment. Because, if he wins, they won't be able to Gulliver him -- particularly after Obama has set new precedents for expanding executive power. Trump would use it, and then some.
  4. “Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded in conservative principles,”

    What are those? Got a handbook?

    “It will create friction with our third-largest trading partner that’s not necessary.”

    Hmm… Economic sanctions against Mexico if they continue to interfere in American policies. Has anyone thought of this?

    “This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,”

    Mr. Bagchi is right in a sense. Jeb Bush is very out of touch.

  5. @Pat Casey
    Thats funny cause I saw that video tonight and thought Jeb Bush has been neutered. It happened when Trump started talking about his low energy, rather shouting about his low energy over his teeming screaming fans. And yesterday I was reading about his wife going on outrageous spending sprees for jewelry and shit and Bushing eating the bill and the bad press. Everyone always said he was the smart son. So we got the dumb strutting son and smart shrinking son. I'm thinking Neil's the mastermind cause everyone who knows knows that Marvin is the fuck up.

    I’ve met Neil Bush.

    • Replies: @Pat Casey
    Well I won't say which one cause a guy one time said something to me lets say, but the brother who lives around DC has a worthless son, who acts, well, like he's a Bush. And a good friend of mine's little brother beat that out of him for a few weeks, at least, in the middle of a baseball game I do remember. That family is what it is---and no one says, "They're cool!" if ya know em.
  6. The Trump campaign should just broadcast segments of Jeb’s speech in Spanish into heavily white media markets, maybe with a crawler showing the names, affilliations, and contributions of his donors, and then closing with the tag line: “You think Jeb Bush gives a damn about you?”

    Is it too late for Jeb! to change his campaign slogan to Pendejo! ?

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. Trump's style is to stick the shiv in Bush with a twinkle in his eye. That makes Trump's attacks even more effective. Mockery + mastery plays better than anger.
    , @ben tillman

    The Trump campaign should just broadcast segments of Jeb’s speech in Spanish into heavily white media markets, maybe with a crawler showing the names, affilliations, and contributions of his donors, and then closing with the tag line: “You think Jeb Bush gives a damn about you?"
     
    I would take that in a more-positive direction and identify Trump as someone who cares about *us*.
  7. @Steve Sailer
    I've met Neil Bush.

    Well I won’t say which one cause a guy one time said something to me lets say, but the brother who lives around DC has a worthless son, who acts, well, like he’s a Bush. And a good friend of mine’s little brother beat that out of him for a few weeks, at least, in the middle of a baseball game I do remember. That family is what it is—and no one says, “They’re cool!” if ya know em.

  8. I think the Rodhamster has her own ‘family problem’ with immigration. One of her brothers was involved in some scheme to offer permanent residency visas to wealthy Chinese ( for a fee of course) by using his ( well really her) influence with the US government.

  9. Loved the crack about voting for Jeb to be president of Mexico.

    It’s funny because it’s true: Jeb was pretty awesome as governor of Florida, where his bilingual skills served him well and he conducted a master class in how to run a conservative government with a, ahem, “diverse” population. But if there’s any hope to be found in his candidacy, it’s that America is not yet so far gone that a candidate with Jeb’s skill set is required for the entire country.

    The guy seems to running his campaign as if he’s still running for governor of Florida; he seems to think the entire country is just one giant version of his adopted home state. As a Florida resident, I’ve gotta say: Thank God he seems to have called that one wrong.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna

    I saw that video tonight and thought Jeb Bush has been neutered.
     
    Would be physically impossible.
  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    If I were a Dem I would relentlessly criticize Jeb because he obviously seeks approval from The Left.

    The same strategy backfires with Trump. Trump does not seek approval.

    I just read the Japan thread by Steve and it seems Asians as a race simply do not seek approval from others therefore criticism of mono-racial Asian societies is pointless. Jews especially don’t work that angle on Asians because there is no payoff. But the same attack pays off huge on whites.

    • Replies: @TWS
    If I were a Dem I would pray that ¡Jeb! was the candidate.
  11. @Mr. Blank
    Loved the crack about voting for Jeb to be president of Mexico.

    It's funny because it's true: Jeb was pretty awesome as governor of Florida, where his bilingual skills served him well and he conducted a master class in how to run a conservative government with a, ahem, "diverse" population. But if there's any hope to be found in his candidacy, it's that America is not yet so far gone that a candidate with Jeb's skill set is required for the entire country.

    The guy seems to running his campaign as if he's still running for governor of Florida; he seems to think the entire country is just one giant version of his adopted home state. As a Florida resident, I've gotta say: Thank God he seems to have called that one wrong.

    I saw that video tonight and thought Jeb Bush has been neutered.

    Would be physically impossible.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @TWS
    ¡Jeb! got clipped when he let his wife decide they would speak Spanish at home in America rather than English. Even my Spanish grandmother insisted my dad speak English.
  12. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    “It will violate peoples civil liberties.”

    Illegal invasion is a civil liberty?

    • Replies: @TWS
    ¡Jeb! thinks it's an unenumerated penumbra.
  13. It’s too bad for the Chinese that G.H.W. Bush, once Ambassador to China, didn’t fix up his son Jeb with a Chinese wife. If he had then Jeb would be denouncing Hispanic anchor babies in fluent Cantonese.

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
    Mandarin man; it's their official language whereas Cantonese is a dialect of the south.
  14. Jeb must be completely tone deaf. The Donald is tapping into the great dissatisfaction of a mostly white electorate who feel they are losing their country. In other words Trump is tapping into what should be the core of the GOP. So to counter Trump, Jeb tells us that Trump’s proposals, i.e. the core GOP voter’s proposals, are unreasonable and to top it off, he states this in Spanish.

    What better way to show the majority of the GOP electorate that their fears about losing their country are well founded. If Jeb is not the epitome of a cuckservative, I don’t know what is.

    • Agree: TWS
    • Replies: @jon
    It's pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc. His awkward attempts to answer questions about the Iraq war (how did he not expect and prep for those?), his constant pwning by Trump, his totally lackluster presence at the debates. I predict a 'Guiliani" - the anointed one flames out early and mostly disappears from politics. And I couldn't be happier, I can't think of anyone on the Republican side that I wouldn't vote for over Bush 3.
    , @Realist
    "Jeb must be completely tone deaf."

    He's a Bush.....he's an idiot!
  15. Trump is trolling Jeb masterfully. No wonder Jeb is starting to trip up.

    Even Barbara Bush agrees with me- https://t.co/y3SSyF7xxX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2015

  16. @Mr. Anon
    The Trump campaign should just broadcast segments of Jeb's speech in Spanish into heavily white media markets, maybe with a crawler showing the names, affilliations, and contributions of his donors, and then closing with the tag line: "You think Jeb Bush gives a damn about you?"

    Is it too late for Jeb! to change his campaign slogan to Pendejo! ?

    That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. Trump’s style is to stick the shiv in Bush with a twinkle in his eye. That makes Trump’s attacks even more effective. Mockery + mastery plays better than anger.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. "

    The American public are becoming angry, and I think they might welcome a candidate who speaks to that. Look at how they 've wamred to Trump simply for being blunt and truthful.

    The Democrats are angry all the time. Theirs is the politics of anger and resentment, and it seems to work pretty well. Perhaps the Republicans should try it. I believe in taking lessons from the winners, not the losers.

  17. If Jeb Bush seems more statesmanlike when speaking Spanish, it’s likely because he’s speaking to his real constituency.

  18. @TWS
    Got to agree with the Asian Pacific lady on the money quote. His policies towards illegal aliens is awful. Sending them home is the only answer. End birthright citizenship. Do it like Jackson did with the SCOTUS if you need to. Simply ignore them.

    Do it like Jackson did with the SCOTUS if you need to. Simply ignore them.

    This, I think, is why Trump’s candidacy scares the establishment. Because, if he wins, they won’t be able to Gulliver him — particularly after Obama has set new precedents for expanding executive power. Trump would use it, and then some.

  19. How long till Jeb starts singing songs in Spanish on the campaign trail?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=45&v=JVBEXS7LHJ8

  20. There’s a word for a guy like Jeb…: schmuck.

    If you think about it, Donald Trump is today’s Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, Donald Trump is a font of sunlight and plain-speaking fresh air, a sorely needed revitalizing tonic for us serfs.

    Bully Good! – The Sequel!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "If you think about it, Donald Trump is today’s Teddy Roosevelt. "

    Let's hope not.
    , @ben tillman

    If you think about it, Donald Trump is today’s Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, Donald Trump is a font of sunlight and plain-speaking fresh air, a sorely needed revitalizing tonic for us serfs.
     
    I thought you'd take that in a different direction. TR's third-party candidacy in 1912 was a disaster. It put Wilson in office.
  21. Did I miss something? I’m not seeing the video of Bush speaking Spanish…

  22. whoops. never mind. got it.

  23. I wonder if the light bulb may slowly be starting to brighten inside Jeb’s head that trying to out flank the Left/Dems on immigration is a fool’s errand. His petulant whine that it’s not fair to take his “anchor baby” comment out of context could be a precursor to a realization that playing this game by the other side’s rules is a losing strategy. As a previous commentator pointed out, Jeb seeks approval from the Left. Losing strategy.

  24. “It will create friction with our third-largest trading partner that’s not necessary” – now creating friction with our asian trading partners over the very same issue? totally necessary.

  25. @iSteveFan
    Jeb must be completely tone deaf. The Donald is tapping into the great dissatisfaction of a mostly white electorate who feel they are losing their country. In other words Trump is tapping into what should be the core of the GOP. So to counter Trump, Jeb tells us that Trump's proposals, i.e. the core GOP voter's proposals, are unreasonable and to top it off, he states this in Spanish.

    What better way to show the majority of the GOP electorate that their fears about losing their country are well founded. If Jeb is not the epitome of a cuckservative, I don't know what is.

    It’s pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc. His awkward attempts to answer questions about the Iraq war (how did he not expect and prep for those?), his constant pwning by Trump, his totally lackluster presence at the debates. I predict a ‘Guiliani” – the anointed one flames out early and mostly disappears from politics. And I couldn’t be happier, I can’t think of anyone on the Republican side that I wouldn’t vote for over Bush 3.

    • Replies: @iSteveFan

    It’s pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc.
     
    Not to mention that Jeb witnessed his father's first failed attempt to win the GOP nomination in 1980, his father's successful Presidential bid in 1988, his father's failed Presidential bid in 1992, and his brother's two successful bids in 2000 and 2004. And recall in 1992, the old man had to fight off GOP challenger Pat Buchanan who essentially ran on the platform Trump is running on today.

    Jeb should not be making mistakes. He should know what it takes to win and lose the GOP primary and what it takes to win and lose the national election. He must have met tons of whites in fly-over states during all those campaigns. How the heck does he think dismissing their fears about losing their nation, in a foreign language no less, is going to make them support his campaign? The very fact that he is on the border delivering a speech in Spanish is the kiss of death to fly-over whites. You'd think he'd know us better.

    I remember the scanner incident in 1992 that seemed to seal the deal for his father. The dad was pretending to shop at a Wal-Mart or something and seemed mesmerized by the bar code scanner at the checkout. The media ran with the idea that old man Bush was too rich to shop for himself and had never known about such marvelous inventions. This was probably unfair, but it made Bush look distant from the man on the street. Speaking in Spanish to explain that we can't secure our border is probably a worse gaffe. A guy with Jeb's background should not be making these mistakes. Just think how good Trump would be if he had similar experience.

  26. Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @jon

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?
     
    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”
    , @TWS
    No ¡Jeb! is the proper term.
  27. @Dennis Dale
    Can we just start calling him "Jeb?" now, or maybe "¿Jeb?" ?

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?

    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?

    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”
     

    I'm sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?
    , @Dennis Dale
    I just learned Jeb? is actually an acronym for John Ellis Bush (the Notorious J.E.B.) and not short for Jebediah.
    ¿Juan? ¡Cuanto más aprenda acerca de él, menos interesante que obtiene!
  28. > If American citizens were given the right to vote for President of Mexico, I’d vote for ¡Jeb!

    That’s a subtle and thus amusing line.

    Steve: Did you know that some American citizens do have the right to vote for President of Mexico, as do many non-citizen residents of the U.S.?

    About four million and eight million respectively in 2010, according to that link. The “non-citizen” figure would be the sum of Mexican Green Card holders (~3.5 million, Pew) and Mexican illegal immigrants (~6 million, Pew, or ~~20 million, Ann Coulter).

    Eso es una gran cantidad de votos para el próximo Presidente.

  29. Leading theoreticians of cuckonomics all agree that more immigration equals more prosperity and greater equality for all. The fact that this has not happened in reality is simply proof that it has not been done with enough vigour and for long enough. As with trickle-down economics and communism.

    • Replies: @EriK
    Of course any economic historian could tell you that there is no such thing as trickle-down economics.
  30. By “It will violate peoples civil liberties” does he mean the globalist civil liberty of being able to move into any country one wishes?

  31. The Clinton’s official presidential campaign song is “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” by Fleetwood Mac. Jeb Bush should use Eddie Guerrero’s “I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal” as his official presidential campaign song.

    Jeb Bush should ride in a lowrider with a bunch of Mexican flags like Eddie Guerrero to try to win the urban inner city Vato Cholo vote.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Jeb Bush should use Eddie Guerrero’s “I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal” as his official presidential campaign song."

    Or perhaps "Lowrider" by War. "All....my.....friends......know the lowrider.................."
    , @TWS
    ¡Jeb! should use something by Santana and a lowrider straight out of Idiocracy.
  32. @jon

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?
     
    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?

    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”

    I’m sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I’m sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?"

    According to Dick Morris, Hillary's preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was "F**king Jew Bastard". But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don't hold that against her, why should anyone else.
  33. On the other hand, Jeb just seems uncomfortable speaking English.

    He speaks it well for a second language.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?
  34. @Jonathan Silber
    On the other hand, Jeb just seems uncomfortable speaking English.

    He speaks it well for a second language.

    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    • Replies: @Jonathan Silber
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    I don't know, Steve. But has any candidate for president ever been more inclined to speak in a language other than English?

    That said, I always appreciate it when a foreigner in America attempts to speak a little English, however broken.
    , @WhatEvvs
    Wikipedia says that MVB's first language was Dutch.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multilingual_presidents_of_the_United_States

    Fun fact: whenever you hear Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" speech invoked, it's a fake. She was born in NY State in the late 18th century and spoke Dutch as a first language so however she spoke, it wasn't with a Southern black vernacular. There were many such Dutch speaking communities until the mid-19th century.

    Anyway, back to Jeb.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/bush-people-should-chill-out-over-anchor-baby-issue/ar-BBm4fv0?ocid=spartandhp

    “What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there is organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” Bush told reporters during a press conference at Palenque Grill in McAllen.
     
    OK, so it's not Latino anchor babies, but Asians that are the problem. Asian, right. Loads of Japanese and Thai anchor babies.

    I'm enjoying him squirm.
    , @Romanian
    Hoover in Chinese?
    , @tbraton
    "Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?"

    My initial reaction was that you had left out Russian, since I seemed to recall that John Quincy Adams had served as U.S. minister to Russia before becoming President. But then his knowledge of French would probably have sufficed in St. Petersberg. However, a check of Wikipedia revealed the following:

    "During these years overseas, Adams became fluent in French and Dutch and became familiar with German and other European languages. Adams, mainly through the influence of his father, had also excelled in classical studies and reached high fluency of Latin and Greek. Upon entering Harvard he had already translated Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, and Aristotle."

    Wikipedia also reveals one other Quincy Adams precedent that might be broken by our next President: "Adams remains the only president to have married a First Lady born outside of the United States."
    , @TWS
    Didn't Jefferson speak French?
    , @Jefferson
    "Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English?"

    Does Bull Shit count as a second language? Plenty of America's presidents past and present are fluent in that.
  35. @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    I don’t know, Steve. But has any candidate for president ever been more inclined to speak in a language other than English?

    That said, I always appreciate it when a foreigner in America attempts to speak a little English, however broken.

  36. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    He’s informed that the term ‘anchor babies’ is insulting and walks it back saying he didn’t mean it about Hispanics and then flings it at Asians. He doesn’t mind insulting Asians then, in this case. This person gets more disgusting with each passing day. I’m going to get a real kick out of seeing all of those who contributed over $100M to his campaign watch their investment go down in flames. Schadenfreude is one of the last things left for powerless peons to engage in.

  37. Advice to Jeb from a veteran of Studying Abroad: While you’re on the campaign trail, don’t let on you know so much as a word of Spanish; try to express yourself, as best you can, in English, and only English, however uncomfortable you might feel doing so. After a few months, you’ll be speaking the language like one of the natives.

  38. Jeb says, “If [Trump]’s serious about this, he might want to read my book, “Immigration Wars,” which I published four years ago.”

    Maybe Jeb might want to read Trump’s book.

    “Immigration Wars” (ed 2014)
    Amazon sales rank: #15,747
    Number of reviews: 43

    “Art of the Trump” (ed 2004)
    Amazon sales rank: #98
    Number of reviews: 296

  39. Many of the presidents up through the 20th century were fluent in ancient languages.

    Those fluent in a modern language:

    Quincy Adams and Monroe both spoke fluent French as a result of their diplomatic experience.

    Van Buren spoke Dutch as his first language.

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

    Both Roosevelts spoke French.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    And Mr. Sophisticated SWPL Metrosexual Barack Obama, the preferred candidate of all the well-travelled right-thinking people, and who himself has lived overseas - how many foreign languages does he speak?

    Oh, that's right,...............just his native English.
    , @The most deplorable one

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
     
    According to The Herbert Hoover Association's Did You Know page:

    During the Hoovers' residence in China, Lou Henry Hoover became fairly fluent in Chinese, Herbert less so. In later years they would occasionally speak Chinese to each other when they didn't want people around them to understand what they were saying. (Emphasis added.)
     
    As someone who speaks some Chinese and who might sound fluent to a non-Chinese speaker I can understand that statement completely. I do not count myself as fluent and I suspect that Hoover was aware of his deficiencies in that regard as well.

    Other things I could find suggest that Lou was more fluent in Chinese and that she apparently spoke 8 languages.

    , @Truth
    Barry speaks Arabic, Indonesian, and Luo, but he's too modest to cop to it.
  40. Jeb will make a fine president, if only the rest of us buckle down and learn the Spanish for “Please, Mr. President, speak more slower.”

  41. Is Bush using the term anchor baby correctly?

    I thought anchor babies were when an illegal alien has a baby in the US which makes deporting the parents impossible without deporting the American child.

    What the Asians are doing is birth tourism where they can get what they consider to be superior medical care, avoid their one child birth regulations, and get a US nationality for their child. But they appear to return after their child is born. So anchor baby is not the correct term. I suspect Bush is bringing up Asians as his speech writers percieve them go be wealthy unsympathetic sorts he can attack. Why isn’t that racist?

    The reason he speaks Spanish better than English is his overbearing Spanish speaking wife.

    Btw:
    Carlos Slim, the world’s fourth-richest person, has lost about $15.4 billion in 2015 as a collapse in gold prices takes down his mining company, Minera Frisco SAB, and his telephone behemoth, America Movil SAB, continues to suffer from losses in the peso and changes wrought by a regulator.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-25/how-mexico-s-ricardo-salinas-lost-half-of-his-wealth-this-year

    • Replies: @Ralphie

    I thought anchor babies were when an illegal alien has a baby in the US which makes deporting the parents impossible without deporting the American child.
     
    It is perfectly fine to deport illegal aliens while allowing them to take their citizen child with them. The fact that the child is a citizen should not matter at all. It is not like the child has a job to go to. There is no need for him to stay. It is fine for him to go with his parents.
  42. Comparing the Spanish and English videos from the same event, Jeb strikes me as a more appealing speaker in Spanish.

    My wife has said that my manner is very different when I’m speaking Spanish. I’m sure she’s right, and I think I know what she means. I became fluent only in adulthood and mostly by mimicking the native speakers in southern Spain–so it’s all an act, pretty much, complete with gesticulation and the rest.

    I wonder if the same applies with ¡¡¡Jeb!!!

    • Replies: @tbraton
    "I wonder if the same applies with ¡¡¡Jeb!!!"

    LOL. I am happy to see that my little innovation is catching on, but I really regret not applying for a copyright!!!
  43. Jeb Bush para el president (de México)

  44. @Dave Pinsen
    That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. Trump's style is to stick the shiv in Bush with a twinkle in his eye. That makes Trump's attacks even more effective. Mockery + mastery plays better than anger.

    “That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. ”

    The American public are becoming angry, and I think they might welcome a candidate who speaks to that. Look at how they ‘ve wamred to Trump simply for being blunt and truthful.

    The Democrats are angry all the time. Theirs is the politics of anger and resentment, and it seems to work pretty well. Perhaps the Republicans should try it. I believe in taking lessons from the winners, not the losers.

    • Replies: @JSM
    I believe in taking lessons from the winners, not the losers.

    I'd say, leave Trump to do what he chooses. He seems to be scoring points already.
  45. “On the other hand, Jeb just seems uncomfortable speaking English.”

    Actually, he is just uncomfortable speaking to English speaking people. They intimidate him. He feels like the big boss white man around Mexicans. I bet Jeb would be damned nervous talking to the king of Spain and a group of big boss type Spaniards in Spain. You would see that same nervous intimidated effect among real white man Spaniards.

  46. @Auntie Analogue
    There's a word for a guy like Jeb...: schmuck.

    If you think about it, Donald Trump is today's Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, Donald Trump is a font of sunlight and plain-speaking fresh air, a sorely needed revitalizing tonic for us serfs.

    Bully Good! - The Sequel!

    “If you think about it, Donald Trump is today’s Teddy Roosevelt. ”

    Let’s hope not.

  47. @education realist
    Many of the presidents up through the 20th century were fluent in ancient languages.

    Those fluent in a modern language:

    Quincy Adams and Monroe both spoke fluent French as a result of their diplomatic experience.

    Van Buren spoke Dutch as his first language.

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

    Both Roosevelts spoke French.

    And Mr. Sophisticated SWPL Metrosexual Barack Obama, the preferred candidate of all the well-travelled right-thinking people, and who himself has lived overseas – how many foreign languages does he speak?

    Oh, that’s right,……………just his native English.

  48. @Anonymous

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?

    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”
     

    I'm sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?

    “I’m sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?”

    According to Dick Morris, Hillary’s preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was “F**king Jew Bastard”. But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don’t hold that against her, why should anyone else.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    "According to Dick Morris, Hillary’s preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was “F**king Jew Bastard”. But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don’t hold that against her, why should anyone else."

    Boy, it increasingly sounds like if Richard Nixon had a son he would look like Hillary. A real chip off the old block. The only difference is that I am sure Ms. Hillary would have burned those tapes.
  49. @Jefferson
    The Clinton's official presidential campaign song is "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac. Jeb Bush should use Eddie Guerrero's "I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal" as his official presidential campaign song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-6mgZzj5Uk

    Jeb Bush should ride in a lowrider with a bunch of Mexican flags like Eddie Guerrero to try to win the urban inner city Vato Cholo vote.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZ-x2HWLx0

    “Jeb Bush should use Eddie Guerrero’s “I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal” as his official presidential campaign song.”

    Or perhaps “Lowrider” by War. “All….my…..friends……know the lowrider………………”

  50. WhatEvvs [AKA "Aamirkhanfan"] says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    Wikipedia says that MVB’s first language was Dutch.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multilingual_presidents_of_the_United_States

    Fun fact: whenever you hear Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech invoked, it’s a fake. She was born in NY State in the late 18th century and spoke Dutch as a first language so however she spoke, it wasn’t with a Southern black vernacular. There were many such Dutch speaking communities until the mid-19th century.

    Anyway, back to Jeb.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/bush-people-should-chill-out-over-anchor-baby-issue/ar-BBm4fv0?ocid=spartandhp

    “What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there is organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” Bush told reporters during a press conference at Palenque Grill in McAllen.

    OK, so it’s not Latino anchor babies, but Asians that are the problem. Asian, right. Loads of Japanese and Thai anchor babies.

    I’m enjoying him squirm.

  51. @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    Hoover in Chinese?

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer's (Agricola's) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

     

  52. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @education realist
    Many of the presidents up through the 20th century were fluent in ancient languages.

    Those fluent in a modern language:

    Quincy Adams and Monroe both spoke fluent French as a result of their diplomatic experience.

    Van Buren spoke Dutch as his first language.

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

    Both Roosevelts spoke French.

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

    According to The Herbert Hoover Association’s Did You Know page:

    During the Hoovers’ residence in China, Lou Henry Hoover became fairly fluent in Chinese, Herbert less so. In later years they would occasionally speak Chinese to each other when they didn’t want people around them to understand what they were saying. (Emphasis added.)

    As someone who speaks some Chinese and who might sound fluent to a non-Chinese speaker I can understand that statement completely. I do not count myself as fluent and I suspect that Hoover was aware of his deficiencies in that regard as well.

    Other things I could find suggest that Lou was more fluent in Chinese and that she apparently spoke 8 languages.

  53. Of course Hebby is more confident and eloquent in Spanish, because for him it is the language of passion, of love, the language by which he wooed his beautiful little future Mexican wife and the language of their marriage, by all counts. When Hebby speaks Spanish, he feels powerful, he feels like a winner, he feels like he can achieve his dreams, like he won his dream-woman so long ago, in Spanish.

  54. @Romanian
    Hoover in Chinese?

    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer’s (Agricola’s) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

    • Replies: @Old fogey
    Seems as if we are evolving from being highly talented to much less talented, and I really don't think the education establishment is solely to blame. Pity.
    , @David
    All classics majors lard their accomplishments with the claim to be fluent in ancient languages. But reading is the easiest stage of learning a non-mother tongue and this is the stage that most Latin and Greek scholars get to. Way back in the 1700's, lots of high toned English people would write poetry in Latin but not today and not in the US in the 1800's. There's a reason Greek or Latin to English dictionaries are normal whereas English to Greek or Latin are not. People only translate out of Latin and Greek, not into them.

    When someone like Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton learned ancient Greek well enough -- in the words of one professor -- "to harangue the Athenian mob," such fluency was always distinguished from the typical scholar's. I bet not one of our presidents could conjugate a Greek verb ten years out of college.
    , @Zach
    I seem to remember that when Obama was campaigning in 2008, he said that it was terrible that Americans generally spoke only one language. He added in a show of humility that "I only speak one language."
    , @Romanian
    One sees a pattern emerging...
  55. @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    “Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?”

    My initial reaction was that you had left out Russian, since I seemed to recall that John Quincy Adams had served as U.S. minister to Russia before becoming President. But then his knowledge of French would probably have sufficed in St. Petersberg. However, a check of Wikipedia revealed the following:

    “During these years overseas, Adams became fluent in French and Dutch and became familiar with German and other European languages. Adams, mainly through the influence of his father, had also excelled in classical studies and reached high fluency of Latin and Greek. Upon entering Harvard he had already translated Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, and Aristotle.”

    Wikipedia also reveals one other Quincy Adams precedent that might be broken by our next President: “Adams remains the only president to have married a First Lady born outside of the United States.”

  56. I’m all for building a border fence, but some arrangement has to be made for ranchers on the border. Getting their cattle to water from the Rio Grande (in seasons where there is any water) is vital to their business. Any border fence that blocks them from the Rio Grande is a death sentence to their ranches.

    • Replies: @TWS
    It's doable. No one said the fence has to be on the bank or that water couldn't be pumped to watering stations. Probably cheaper just to provide a wind powered pump directly from the river.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Trump will just move the US border 100 yards south of the Rio Grande. And if Mexico doesn't like it--so what? Who's got the nukes? Let's make America great again!
  57. “Immigration Wars,” which I published four years ago.”

    Say what? Why was I not informed of this? What the hell am I paying you people for? I’ll bet there’s all kinds of material in there Trump could lift. Make it sound as abrasive as possible, then, when they attack him for saying it, remind everyone that he’s just repeating what Yeb? said. Case in point:

    “A grant of citizenship is an undeserving reward for conduct that we cannot afford to encourage,”
    -Jeb Bush

    “We need to swiftly deport individuals who overstay their visas rather than allowing them to stay indefinitely or to pursue multiple appeals,”
    – Jeb Bush

    Trump should repeat these phrases loudly and often, until someone calls him on it.

  58. @Anonymous
    If I were a Dem I would relentlessly criticize Jeb because he obviously seeks approval from The Left.

    The same strategy backfires with Trump. Trump does not seek approval.

    I just read the Japan thread by Steve and it seems Asians as a race simply do not seek approval from others therefore criticism of mono-racial Asian societies is pointless. Jews especially don't work that angle on Asians because there is no payoff. But the same attack pays off huge on whites.

    If I were a Dem I would pray that ¡Jeb! was the candidate.

  59. I read somewhere – probably here, com to think of it – that there’s precious little evidence that Jeb’s own wife is fluent in English.

    Wouldn’t that be great – Columba doing a Jackie-style televised tour of the White House for Univision or Telemundo.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Wouldn’t that be great – Columba doing a Jackie-style televised tour of the White House for Univision or Telemundo."

    I posted a Youtube of Columba as First Lady of Florida doing a Jackie style tour of her house for Spanish language television. She's reasonably charming in Spanish.

  60. @Kyle McKenna

    I saw that video tonight and thought Jeb Bush has been neutered.
     
    Would be physically impossible.

    ¡Jeb! got clipped when he let his wife decide they would speak Spanish at home in America rather than English. Even my Spanish grandmother insisted my dad speak English.

  61. @Priss Factor
    "It will violate peoples civil liberties."

    Illegal invasion is a civil liberty?

    ¡Jeb! thinks it’s an unenumerated penumbra.

  62. Hippopotamusdrome says:
    August 25, 2015 at 12:26 am GMT

    Jeb revealed to be ambi-racial in his new “Why, Jeb?” ad campaign.

    I think we should start a “Why, Jeb? Why?!” ad campaign.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    Yes, but shouldn't it perhaps be: ¡¡¡¿Por qué, ¡Jeb!? ¿Por qué?!!!
  63. NRO staying true to the journalism of cowardice leads from behind by belatedly covering the costs of birthright citizenship.

  64. @Dennis Dale
    Can we just start calling him "Jeb?" now, or maybe "¿Jeb?" ?

    No ¡Jeb! is the proper term.

  65. Steve, you buried the lede: the term “birth tourism” is now apparently forbidden among Democrats.

  66. @iSteveFan
    Jeb must be completely tone deaf. The Donald is tapping into the great dissatisfaction of a mostly white electorate who feel they are losing their country. In other words Trump is tapping into what should be the core of the GOP. So to counter Trump, Jeb tells us that Trump's proposals, i.e. the core GOP voter's proposals, are unreasonable and to top it off, he states this in Spanish.

    What better way to show the majority of the GOP electorate that their fears about losing their country are well founded. If Jeb is not the epitome of a cuckservative, I don't know what is.

    “Jeb must be completely tone deaf.”

    He’s a Bush…..he’s an idiot!

  67. @Jefferson
    The Clinton's official presidential campaign song is "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" by Fleetwood Mac. Jeb Bush should use Eddie Guerrero's "I Lie, I Cheat, I Steal" as his official presidential campaign song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-6mgZzj5Uk

    Jeb Bush should ride in a lowrider with a bunch of Mexican flags like Eddie Guerrero to try to win the urban inner city Vato Cholo vote.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZ-x2HWLx0

    ¡Jeb! should use something by Santana and a lowrider straight out of Idiocracy.

  68. @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    Didn’t Jefferson speak French?

  69. @Cloudbuster
    I'm all for building a border fence, but some arrangement has to be made for ranchers on the border. Getting their cattle to water from the Rio Grande (in seasons where there is any water) is vital to their business. Any border fence that blocks them from the Rio Grande is a death sentence to their ranches.

    It’s doable. No one said the fence has to be on the bank or that water couldn’t be pumped to watering stations. Probably cheaper just to provide a wind powered pump directly from the river.

  70. @slumber_j

    Comparing the Spanish and English videos from the same event, Jeb strikes me as a more appealing speaker in Spanish.
     
    My wife has said that my manner is very different when I'm speaking Spanish. I'm sure she's right, and I think I know what she means. I became fluent only in adulthood and mostly by mimicking the native speakers in southern Spain--so it's all an act, pretty much, complete with gesticulation and the rest.

    I wonder if the same applies with ¡¡¡Jeb!!!

    “I wonder if the same applies with ¡¡¡Jeb!!!”

    LOL. I am happy to see that my little innovation is catching on, but I really regret not applying for a copyright!!!

  71. @Mr. Anon
    "I’m sure this is already used by Hillary, for her main competitor from Brooklyn Vermont?"

    According to Dick Morris, Hillary's preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was "F**king Jew Bastard". But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don't hold that against her, why should anyone else.

    “According to Dick Morris, Hillary’s preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was “F**king Jew Bastard”. But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don’t hold that against her, why should anyone else.”

    Boy, it increasingly sounds like if Richard Nixon had a son he would look like Hillary. A real chip off the old block. The only difference is that I am sure Ms. Hillary would have burned those tapes.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Boy, it increasingly sounds like if Richard Nixon had a son he would look like Hillary."

    Yes, the similarities between them become more striking as Hillary ages: the brittleness, the spite, the social awkwardness, the chip-on-shoulder attitude.
  72. The Mexican Prez looks like Greg Kinnear — like Kinnear playing a president in a movie.

  73. Serious question, if Jeb fails to become US president, can he become the Mexican president ? Does his Mexican wife make him legally allowed to run for president, and if he can would Mexicans want to vote for him ?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    My vague recollection is that Mexico might have a stronger rule requiring Presidents to be Mexican than America does -- maybe something like both parents have to be born in Mexico? But I might be wrong. Castaneda tried to run for President, although his mother was born in the Soviet Union. But his campaign never picked up mass support.
  74. @jon

    Can we just start calling him “Jeb?” now, or maybe “¿Jeb?” ?
     
    I prefer the more phonetic “¿Heb?”

    I just learned Jeb? is actually an acronym for John Ellis Bush (the Notorious J.E.B.) and not short for Jebediah.
    ¿Juan? ¡Cuanto más aprenda acerca de él, menos interesante que obtiene!

  75. @SPMoore8
    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer's (Agricola's) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

     

    Seems as if we are evolving from being highly talented to much less talented, and I really don’t think the education establishment is solely to blame. Pity.

  76. @SPMoore8
    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer's (Agricola's) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

     

    All classics majors lard their accomplishments with the claim to be fluent in ancient languages. But reading is the easiest stage of learning a non-mother tongue and this is the stage that most Latin and Greek scholars get to. Way back in the 1700′s, lots of high toned English people would write poetry in Latin but not today and not in the US in the 1800′s. There’s a reason Greek or Latin to English dictionaries are normal whereas English to Greek or Latin are not. People only translate out of Latin and Greek, not into them.

    When someone like Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton learned ancient Greek well enough — in the words of one professor — “to harangue the Athenian mob,” such fluency was always distinguished from the typical scholar’s. I bet not one of our presidents could conjugate a Greek verb ten years out of college.

  77. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    Virtual fence?

    To be expected from who is essentially a virtual candidate.

  78. @Mr. Anon
    "That would be brutal, but also come off as angry. "

    The American public are becoming angry, and I think they might welcome a candidate who speaks to that. Look at how they 've wamred to Trump simply for being blunt and truthful.

    The Democrats are angry all the time. Theirs is the politics of anger and resentment, and it seems to work pretty well. Perhaps the Republicans should try it. I believe in taking lessons from the winners, not the losers.

    I believe in taking lessons from the winners, not the losers.

    I’d say, leave Trump to do what he chooses. He seems to be scoring points already.

  79. @SPMoore8
    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer's (Agricola's) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

     

    I seem to remember that when Obama was campaigning in 2008, he said that it was terrible that Americans generally spoke only one language. He added in a show of humility that “I only speak one language.”

  80. @SPMoore8
    Apparently so, both Hoover and his wife. They are also well known for translating Bauer's (Agricola's) de Re Metallica, which is the large 16th century book about mining (Hoover made his fortune in the mining industry.)

    Copied from another source, here are some other multi-lingual presidents:

    Barack Obama fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Indonesian)
    George W. Bush fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversational in 1. (Spanish)
    Bill Clinton fluent in 1 language (English) Conversational in 1. (German)
    Jimmy Carter fluent in 2 languages. (English and Spanish)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt fluent in 3 languages. (English, German, and French)
    Herbert Hoover fluent in 3 languages. (English, Mandarin, and Latin)
    Woodrow Wilson fluent in 2 languages. (English and German)
    Theodore Roosevelt fluent in 2 languages. (English and French) Conversational in 2. (German and Italian)
    Chester A. Arthur fluent in 1 language. (English) Conversation in 2. (Latin and Greek)
    James Garfield fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin and Ancient Greek)
    Rutherford B. Hayes fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek) Conversational in 1. (Italian)
    James Buchanan fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    James K. Polk fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    John Tyler fluent in 3 languages. (English, Latin, and Greek)
    William Henry Harrison fluent in 2 languages. (English and Latin) Conversational in 1. (French)
    Martin Van Buren fluent in 2 languages. (Dutch and English)
    John Quincy Adams fluent in 4 languages. (English, French, German, and Latin) Conversational in 2. (Dutch and Greek)
    James Monroe fluent in 2 languages. (English and French)
    James Madison fluent in 4 languages. (English, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)
    Thomas Jefferson fluent in 6 languages. (English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish)
    John Adams fluent in 5 languages. (English, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin)

     

    One sees a pattern emerging…

  81. @george
    Is Bush using the term anchor baby correctly?

    I thought anchor babies were when an illegal alien has a baby in the US which makes deporting the parents impossible without deporting the American child.

    What the Asians are doing is birth tourism where they can get what they consider to be superior medical care, avoid their one child birth regulations, and get a US nationality for their child. But they appear to return after their child is born. So anchor baby is not the correct term. I suspect Bush is bringing up Asians as his speech writers percieve them go be wealthy unsympathetic sorts he can attack. Why isn't that racist?

    The reason he speaks Spanish better than English is his overbearing Spanish speaking wife.

    Btw:
    Carlos Slim, the world’s fourth-richest person, has lost about $15.4 billion in 2015 as a collapse in gold prices takes down his mining company, Minera Frisco SAB, and his telephone behemoth, America Movil SAB, continues to suffer from losses in the peso and changes wrought by a regulator.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-25/how-mexico-s-ricardo-salinas-lost-half-of-his-wealth-this-year

    I thought anchor babies were when an illegal alien has a baby in the US which makes deporting the parents impossible without deporting the American child.

    It is perfectly fine to deport illegal aliens while allowing them to take their citizen child with them. The fact that the child is a citizen should not matter at all. It is not like the child has a job to go to. There is no need for him to stay. It is fine for him to go with his parents.

  82. @AshTon
    Leading theoreticians of cuckonomics all agree that more immigration equals more prosperity and greater equality for all. The fact that this has not happened in reality is simply proof that it has not been done with enough vigour and for long enough. As with trickle-down economics and communism.

    Of course any economic historian could tell you that there is no such thing as trickle-down economics.

  83. @Steve Sailer
    Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English? Van Buren in Dutch? Quincy Adams in Latin or Greek?

    “Has any President ever been more fluent in a language other than English?”

    Does Bull Shit count as a second language? Plenty of America’s presidents past and present are fluent in that.

  84. @Zach
    It's too bad for the Chinese that G.H.W. Bush, once Ambassador to China, didn't fix up his son Jeb with a Chinese wife. If he had then Jeb would be denouncing Hispanic anchor babies in fluent Cantonese.

    Mandarin man; it’s their official language whereas Cantonese is a dialect of the south.

  85. I think in the next debate, Trump should – with complete sincerity – say that he was impressed by Bush’s ability to speak Spanish and apologize for inability to do so. Trump should then quote some of Bush’s more extreme pro-immigration positions in Spanish and then ask Bush to translate.

  86. A Jeb Bush presidency might well be in line with all of the other changes in American life. When we want to hear the next Bush’s inaugural address on our phones, we will be able to push 1 to hear it in English or push 2 to hear it in Spanish with our president delivering both versions.

  87. @neutral
    Serious question, if Jeb fails to become US president, can he become the Mexican president ? Does his Mexican wife make him legally allowed to run for president, and if he can would Mexicans want to vote for him ?

    My vague recollection is that Mexico might have a stronger rule requiring Presidents to be Mexican than America does — maybe something like both parents have to be born in Mexico? But I might be wrong. Castaneda tried to run for President, although his mother was born in the Soviet Union. But his campaign never picked up mass support.

    • Replies: @theo the kraut
    fwiw, the German Wikipedia tells that both his parents have Jewish ancestors, his mother's maiden name is Neoma Gutman, born in Belarus.
  88. @Mr. Anon
    The Trump campaign should just broadcast segments of Jeb's speech in Spanish into heavily white media markets, maybe with a crawler showing the names, affilliations, and contributions of his donors, and then closing with the tag line: "You think Jeb Bush gives a damn about you?"

    Is it too late for Jeb! to change his campaign slogan to Pendejo! ?

    The Trump campaign should just broadcast segments of Jeb’s speech in Spanish into heavily white media markets, maybe with a crawler showing the names, affilliations, and contributions of his donors, and then closing with the tag line: “You think Jeb Bush gives a damn about you?”

    I would take that in a more-positive direction and identify Trump as someone who cares about *us*.

  89. @I, Libertine
    I read somewhere - probably here, com to think of it - that there's precious little evidence that Jeb's own wife is fluent in English.

    Wouldn't that be great - Columba doing a Jackie-style televised tour of the White House for Univision or Telemundo.

    “Wouldn’t that be great – Columba doing a Jackie-style televised tour of the White House for Univision or Telemundo.”

    I posted a Youtube of Columba as First Lady of Florida doing a Jackie style tour of her house for Spanish language television. She’s reasonably charming in Spanish.

  90. @Auntie Analogue
    There's a word for a guy like Jeb...: schmuck.

    If you think about it, Donald Trump is today's Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, Donald Trump is a font of sunlight and plain-speaking fresh air, a sorely needed revitalizing tonic for us serfs.

    Bully Good! - The Sequel!

    If you think about it, Donald Trump is today’s Teddy Roosevelt. Like Teddy, Donald Trump is a font of sunlight and plain-speaking fresh air, a sorely needed revitalizing tonic for us serfs.

    I thought you’d take that in a different direction. TR’s third-party candidacy in 1912 was a disaster. It put Wilson in office.

  91. @jon
    It's pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc. His awkward attempts to answer questions about the Iraq war (how did he not expect and prep for those?), his constant pwning by Trump, his totally lackluster presence at the debates. I predict a 'Guiliani" - the anointed one flames out early and mostly disappears from politics. And I couldn't be happier, I can't think of anyone on the Republican side that I wouldn't vote for over Bush 3.

    It’s pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc.

    Not to mention that Jeb witnessed his father’s first failed attempt to win the GOP nomination in 1980, his father’s successful Presidential bid in 1988, his father’s failed Presidential bid in 1992, and his brother’s two successful bids in 2000 and 2004. And recall in 1992, the old man had to fight off GOP challenger Pat Buchanan who essentially ran on the platform Trump is running on today.

    Jeb should not be making mistakes. He should know what it takes to win and lose the GOP primary and what it takes to win and lose the national election. He must have met tons of whites in fly-over states during all those campaigns. How the heck does he think dismissing their fears about losing their nation, in a foreign language no less, is going to make them support his campaign? The very fact that he is on the border delivering a speech in Spanish is the kiss of death to fly-over whites. You’d think he’d know us better.

    I remember the scanner incident in 1992 that seemed to seal the deal for his father. The dad was pretending to shop at a Wal-Mart or something and seemed mesmerized by the bar code scanner at the checkout. The media ran with the idea that old man Bush was too rich to shop for himself and had never known about such marvelous inventions. This was probably unfair, but it made Bush look distant from the man on the street. Speaking in Spanish to explain that we can’t secure our border is probably a worse gaffe. A guy with Jeb’s background should not be making these mistakes. Just think how good Trump would be if he had similar experience.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
    Jeb? is a terrible campaigner because he's such an unimpressive man physically and intellectually. Narrow shoulders, eyes that default to a deer-in-the-headlights (just after posting this I see someone beat me to that description above) expression and a speaking style that belies a lack of both charisma and intellectual depth. He doesn't emulate W because he would look ridiculous (of course, many of us think W looked ridiculous, but that ridiculousness came naturally to him and was at least honest). And for all this, my impression of Jeb? is not that he is not necessarily weak, but that he has the same petty mean streak that we saw occasionally in his father and often in his brother, but it hides behind this milquetoast exterior. Imagine W's nasty side surgin angrily behind that doormat persona; hell, the guy could be dangerous.

    He couldn't mimic their success if he tried, and he shouldn't try. Of course, at this point there are probably people running around the campaign office with their hair on fire, so we might get quite an entertaining final act, fit for Shakespeare, as he tries it on. With a hundred mil war chest he's not going away any time soon. The poor schmuck is somewhat trapped between the expectations of all those who've invested so much, his ambition, and the humiliating ongoing rejection of the American people. He is the passive protagonist in a comic tragedy.

    But mostly it's a different world. HW would be un-electable now due to his school-marmish whiteness and W, ironically, arguably did more than any single other person to create that world--rejection of W's glib "conservatism" is a large component in Trump's success.

    , @I, Libertine
    "Probably unfair." You are a master of understatement. It was a hit job by a New York Times reporter who wasn't even there.

    But, hey. 41 was one of the last of the northeast liberal Republicans (no new taxes, my @$$), so he was no great loss. And Perot in '92, like TR in '12, made the election of the Republican impossible anyway. So I really oughta get over it.
  92. Re: Jeb: who wants a President-Deer-Caught-In-The-Headlights?

  93. @Chrisnonymous

    Hippopotamusdrome says:
    August 25, 2015 at 12:26 am GMT

    Jeb revealed to be ambi-racial in his new “Why, Jeb?” ad campaign.
     
    I think we should start a "Why, Jeb? Why?!" ad campaign.

    Yes, but shouldn’t it perhaps be: ¡¡¡¿Por qué, ¡Jeb!? ¿Por qué?!!!

  94. @iSteveFan

    It’s pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc.
     
    Not to mention that Jeb witnessed his father's first failed attempt to win the GOP nomination in 1980, his father's successful Presidential bid in 1988, his father's failed Presidential bid in 1992, and his brother's two successful bids in 2000 and 2004. And recall in 1992, the old man had to fight off GOP challenger Pat Buchanan who essentially ran on the platform Trump is running on today.

    Jeb should not be making mistakes. He should know what it takes to win and lose the GOP primary and what it takes to win and lose the national election. He must have met tons of whites in fly-over states during all those campaigns. How the heck does he think dismissing their fears about losing their nation, in a foreign language no less, is going to make them support his campaign? The very fact that he is on the border delivering a speech in Spanish is the kiss of death to fly-over whites. You'd think he'd know us better.

    I remember the scanner incident in 1992 that seemed to seal the deal for his father. The dad was pretending to shop at a Wal-Mart or something and seemed mesmerized by the bar code scanner at the checkout. The media ran with the idea that old man Bush was too rich to shop for himself and had never known about such marvelous inventions. This was probably unfair, but it made Bush look distant from the man on the street. Speaking in Spanish to explain that we can't secure our border is probably a worse gaffe. A guy with Jeb's background should not be making these mistakes. Just think how good Trump would be if he had similar experience.

    Jeb? is a terrible campaigner because he’s such an unimpressive man physically and intellectually. Narrow shoulders, eyes that default to a deer-in-the-headlights (just after posting this I see someone beat me to that description above) expression and a speaking style that belies a lack of both charisma and intellectual depth. He doesn’t emulate W because he would look ridiculous (of course, many of us think W looked ridiculous, but that ridiculousness came naturally to him and was at least honest). And for all this, my impression of Jeb? is not that he is not necessarily weak, but that he has the same petty mean streak that we saw occasionally in his father and often in his brother, but it hides behind this milquetoast exterior. Imagine W’s nasty side surgin angrily behind that doormat persona; hell, the guy could be dangerous.

    He couldn’t mimic their success if he tried, and he shouldn’t try. Of course, at this point there are probably people running around the campaign office with their hair on fire, so we might get quite an entertaining final act, fit for Shakespeare, as he tries it on. With a hundred mil war chest he’s not going away any time soon. The poor schmuck is somewhat trapped between the expectations of all those who’ve invested so much, his ambition, and the humiliating ongoing rejection of the American people. He is the passive protagonist in a comic tragedy.

    But mostly it’s a different world. HW would be un-electable now due to his school-marmish whiteness and W, ironically, arguably did more than any single other person to create that world–rejection of W’s glib “conservatism” is a large component in Trump’s success.

  95. @Cloudbuster
    I'm all for building a border fence, but some arrangement has to be made for ranchers on the border. Getting their cattle to water from the Rio Grande (in seasons where there is any water) is vital to their business. Any border fence that blocks them from the Rio Grande is a death sentence to their ranches.

    Trump will just move the US border 100 yards south of the Rio Grande. And if Mexico doesn’t like it–so what? Who’s got the nukes? Let’s make America great again!

    • Agree: Clyde
  96. @iSteveFan

    It’s pretty shocking how bad he is doing considering he has had 8 years to prep for this campaign he was the presumptive nominee before he even declared, he has a $100 million war chest, and and he has the backing of the leaders of the RNC/GOP/Conservatism, Inc.
     
    Not to mention that Jeb witnessed his father's first failed attempt to win the GOP nomination in 1980, his father's successful Presidential bid in 1988, his father's failed Presidential bid in 1992, and his brother's two successful bids in 2000 and 2004. And recall in 1992, the old man had to fight off GOP challenger Pat Buchanan who essentially ran on the platform Trump is running on today.

    Jeb should not be making mistakes. He should know what it takes to win and lose the GOP primary and what it takes to win and lose the national election. He must have met tons of whites in fly-over states during all those campaigns. How the heck does he think dismissing their fears about losing their nation, in a foreign language no less, is going to make them support his campaign? The very fact that he is on the border delivering a speech in Spanish is the kiss of death to fly-over whites. You'd think he'd know us better.

    I remember the scanner incident in 1992 that seemed to seal the deal for his father. The dad was pretending to shop at a Wal-Mart or something and seemed mesmerized by the bar code scanner at the checkout. The media ran with the idea that old man Bush was too rich to shop for himself and had never known about such marvelous inventions. This was probably unfair, but it made Bush look distant from the man on the street. Speaking in Spanish to explain that we can't secure our border is probably a worse gaffe. A guy with Jeb's background should not be making these mistakes. Just think how good Trump would be if he had similar experience.

    “Probably unfair.” You are a master of understatement. It was a hit job by a New York Times reporter who wasn’t even there.

    But, hey. 41 was one of the last of the northeast liberal Republicans (no new taxes, my @$$), so he was no great loss. And Perot in ’92, like TR in ’12, made the election of the Republican impossible anyway. So I really oughta get over it.

  97. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “…noting that he has been “immersed in the immigrant experience” in his upbringing in Texas…”

    I suppose this might be true. It’s one thing to be exposed to something, it’s another to be so immersed that it’s all you see. Asking if this was a significant formulative experience is legit. What was the name of that nanny again?

  98. @education realist
    Many of the presidents up through the 20th century were fluent in ancient languages.

    Those fluent in a modern language:

    Quincy Adams and Monroe both spoke fluent French as a result of their diplomatic experience.

    Van Buren spoke Dutch as his first language.

    Herbert Hoover was fluent in Chinese; he was one of those trapped in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

    Both Roosevelts spoke French.

    Barry speaks Arabic, Indonesian, and Luo, but he’s too modest to cop to it.

  99. @tbraton
    "According to Dick Morris, Hillary’s preferred epithet for people like Dick Morris and Bernie Sanders was “F**king Jew Bastard”. But plenty of Jews support Hillary, so if they don’t hold that against her, why should anyone else."

    Boy, it increasingly sounds like if Richard Nixon had a son he would look like Hillary. A real chip off the old block. The only difference is that I am sure Ms. Hillary would have burned those tapes.

    “Boy, it increasingly sounds like if Richard Nixon had a son he would look like Hillary.”

    Yes, the similarities between them become more striking as Hillary ages: the brittleness, the spite, the social awkwardness, the chip-on-shoulder attitude.

  100. @Steve Sailer
    My vague recollection is that Mexico might have a stronger rule requiring Presidents to be Mexican than America does -- maybe something like both parents have to be born in Mexico? But I might be wrong. Castaneda tried to run for President, although his mother was born in the Soviet Union. But his campaign never picked up mass support.

    fwiw, the German Wikipedia tells that both his parents have Jewish ancestors, his mother’s maiden name is Neoma Gutman, born in Belarus.

  101. […] Former Florida Governor John Ellis “Jeb” Bush: Entered the race as the presumed front-runner, has struggled to stay in the top tier.  Perhaps he ran for president of the wrong country. […]

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