Many foreign politicians (except Tony Blair of course for obvious reasons) are self-conscious when it comes to talking to the president of the USA.
I find this out of place.
Let’s face it, George W. Bush makes a habit of slaughtering his native tongue.
They even coined a phrase for his many gaffes: Bushlexia.
A loyal Bush Watcher coined this phrase describing it as:
“a combination of dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, apraxia, illiteracy, ignorance, laziness, passive-aggressiveness, inappropriate humor, and an arrogant attitude of privilege.”
Therefore, I don’t see why any foreign dignitary should be worried.
So what if they misuse a word or don’t know exactly how to pronounce it?
Just look at the following quote of the current Prez:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
And what about this gem?
"Too many good docs are getting out of the business.
Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 5, 2004
You see my point? Let’s first wait for a president with proper language skills before we criticize non-Anglo politicians….
And most foreign politicians are fluent in two or more languages, in contrast to the 43rd President of the USA who personifies the old joke:
“what do you call someone who only speaks one language? Monolingual? No, American!”