Most Americans have trouble relating to Presidential candidates that are bilingual. The majority of Americans do not know another language besides English; they feel like it is the only one that is important. So when Barrack Obama was running for President it was a little surprising that he was favored to win since he is bilingual. Obama was the political favorite but he was still considered to be an elitist. Americans oftentimes will go with the candidate that appeals to the everyday man and a bilingual candidate does not fit that criteria (Bilingualism in Politics in the United States, 2011).
In betting terms, is having a candidate that knows more than one language a positive thing? That question was answered by the 2008 election when the voters elected Barrack Obama over John MaCain. When you look at politics outside of the United States you will find many candidates that happen to be bilingual and that they feel it is a good thing for the leader of their countries are able to communicate in multiple languages. Americans have a hard time relating to someone who can speak or understand multiple languages so they do not think of the positive of the commander in chief being bilingual.
[...] (2011). Retrieved October from SBG Global: http://www.sbgglobal.com/political-betting/bilingualism-in- politics-in-the- united-states Pan, W. (2011, April 4). Bilingual Politics - Should Immigrants Be Allowed to Vote? Retrieved October from Ezinemark.com: http://society.ezinemark.com/bilingual-politics- should-immigrants-be-allowed-to-vote-4e1c14fadac.html Smartt, E. (2010, March 18). Bilingual education in the United States. [...]
[...] In Pan's opinion English should be the only language taught in any of our schools and that all other languages should be considered foreign and therefore taught only as elective classes and not be required classes for graduation from any high school in the United States. In politics Pan says that we should keep things simple; one nation, one language. She does not think we should fix what is not broken or in other words if our system of voting is working why change it. References Bilingualism in Politics in the United States. [...]
[...] Being bilingual is not a bad idea especially when it comes to employment. When obtaining a job or a promotion being able to speak another language such as Spanish could mean the difference between who is chosen. Some companies may give the job or promotion to one person over another because that one person may be bilingual. Depending on where you live and amount of people in that area that are Hispanic for instance, the company may see a need for the position they are hiring for to know Spanish in order to better serve their customers. [...]
[...] The official language movement The Official Language Movement Article 1 Most Americans have trouble relating to Presidential candidates that are bilingual. The majority of Americans do not know another language besides English; they feel like it is the only one that is important. So when Barrack Obama was running for President it was a little surprising that he was favored to win since he is bilingual. Obama was the political favorite but he was still considered to be an elitist. [...]
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