Obama At The Town Hall Meeting Of The 2008 Presidential Campaign

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Barack Obama at the town hall meeting of the 2008 presidential campaign, as reported CBS news, said, “I don 't speak a foreign language. It 's embarrassing!” His statement was an emphatic response to the English hegemony faced by the U.S. immigrants. They should be confident to have a language ability other than English, despite the fact they have been struggling to learn English. In making this comment, Obama urged us to learn a foreign language other than our native tongue because being bilingual is better than monolingual. It was also a critique of the initiative of the “English Only” movement which intensively advocates for making English as the official language of the United States. Therefore, I agree that Americans should work together to foster a language pluralism and to challenge any endeavors to make English-only as the official language.
The language policy which promotes English as the official language of the United States has been controversial since three decades ago. The U.S. Congress had never considered declaring English as the nation’s official language. However, since 1981 there are the increased movements of the English-only idea commenced by the late Senator S I. Hayakawa who introduced the English Language Amendment. It was the first Congress proposal to declare English as the nation’s official language (Crawford 1992, p. 90). Fortunately, this proposal disappeared without Congressional action. If the proposed bill had been approved by Congress,

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