Obama is right. Your children should learn to speak Spanish, but he forgot to mention that I have to learn French ASAP. My guess is that it won’t be so difficult once I put a little more effort into the endeavor.
Seriously, I think Obama is definitely correct (though he failed to mention that he himself doesn’t speak Spanish). After living in Spain for eight years (and having already known the language) and now that I am spending so much time in France, I can’t stress how important it is to speak another language. Your world opens up to infinite possibilities when you speak another language. Not only can you order the sandwich of your choice, ask for directions and understand them, bridge the cliche cultural and political gaps, but most importantly you can “participate” in all senses of the word.