April 21, 2004

One used his French, the other didn't

After Saddam Hussein's capture by U.S. forces back in December, he responded to questions from members of the Iraqi Governing Council by "us[ing] all his French". John Kerry, in contrast, declines to exhibit his French in public.

Hopfield's law says that "there are three things that you shouldn't do in public; the third is mathematics." I always assumed that the other two were defecation and sex, but ....

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 21, 2004 08:27 AM