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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rice Rattled in Russia

Rice's apologists like to point to her extensive background in Russian language, politics, etc. For an expert, she sure sounds like a dumbass. This story from Reuters is a couple of days old, but pretty amusing. Especially these gems:

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tried out her rusty Russian in a Moscow radio interview Wednesday, only to get caught out by a question on whether she might run for president.

"Da (Yes)," Rice answered in Russian, before realizing her misunderstanding and hastily adding "Nyet" (No) -- seven times. . .

. . . Apparently meaning to say that she would like to do her next interview in [Russian], she chose a verb that sounded more like "to earn money" than the Russian for "to do."

"You understand it will be very difficult because I am out of practice, and in your language there are these awful cases!" she continued. "It's very difficult for us, and it is very difficult to talk without making mistakes."

Tee-hee-hee. But, really, I'm fluent.