Mary Grabar makes a good point about the reality of mono-lingual America; and about Obama’s apparent irritation with the fact that Europeans are polyglots while most Americans speak no other language.
I only know English because my dad had enough foresight to conclude it was in my best interests to learn it. Obama may feel the same way about a multilingual America, but a multi-lingual mandate? No, thanks.
Let people learn as many languages as they want and allow for one narrow language mandate: that everyone becomes competent with the English language so that they have a better chance at succeeding in our society.
Yes, including immigrants.