Arnold Tells It Like It Is

2007 June 15
by CajoleJuice

Original article

The Governator recently told a bunch of Hispanic immigrants how best to get accustomed to life in English-speaking America.

“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster,” Schwarzenegger said.

“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.

I don’t see anything wrong with that. Anyone with half a brain or some common sense has to completely agree with what Arnold said. Maybe he could’ve said it a bit differently, but it’s Arnold – he doesn’t pull any punches. Of course, some Hispanics didn’t take kindly to the remarks.

“I’m sitting shaking my head not believing that someone would be so naive and out of it that he would say something like that,” said Alex Nogales, president and chief executive of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Naive? The man was an immigrant himself. He came from goddamn post-war Austria and now is the governor of the most populous state in the most powerful nation on Earth. I think he knows what he’s talking about.

Arnold FTW.

(for the win)

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