Does Newt Gingrich Speak French?
8:45 PM, Jan 13, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Newt Gingrich unveiled today what has to be one of the sillier ads of the campaign, accusing Mitt Romney of—quelle horreur!—speaking French:
Yes, Mitt Romney speaks French, owing to his time as a Mormon missionary in France in the late 1960s. Now I don't know what languages Newt studied in school, but interestingly enough, his Ph.D. thesis is on "Belgian Education Policy in the Congo: 1945-1960." You can read Gingrich's thesis here, but I'll just highlight some of the citations:
Those are just three citations plucked at random—there are many more where that came from. I would also note that Newt Gingrich got his Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, and that Gingrich's thesis supervisor was Pierre-Henri Laurent—a Belgian immigrant, distinguished academic, and native French speaker.
Given that it appears Newt Gingrich has more than a passing familiarity with the French language, it sure seems like an odd indictment of his opponent.