New President Gives Hope for "Languistically-aware Leadership"

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on January 29, 2009

Common Sense Advisory recently released an article discussing potential 2009 steps that Barack Obama, the newly inaugurated 44th President of the United States, could take towards multilingualism. Being one of the listed Presidents to speak a second language following John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Hoover, Barack Obama is bi-lingual in Bahasa Indonesia, a language picked up during his childhood days living in Jakarta.

With Obama’s history as a civil rights attorney and his ambience for diversity, Common Sense Advisory writes that “the first Global American President will focus more attention on international communication — and the requisite translation and interpretation.” Leading into a new era of cultural and political assortment, the indispensable importance of lingual services in the US will not go unnoticed.

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Topics: Language