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Accused Elitist John Kerry Already Speaking European Tongues

  • 03.14.13 04:58 PM EDT

On a Tuesday trip to Norway, new Secretary of State John Kerry showed off his Norwegian language skills, speaking a few sentences that he remembered from the several years he lived in the country as a boy.

In his first trips overseas after taking over the post from Hillary Clinton, Kerry’s been showing off his foreign language chops, speaking French, Italian and German as well.

Kerry as Secretary of State seems to be enjoying an ability of show off his language skills that he once may have been embarrassed to use. In 2004, when he was running for president, Kerry was mocked in ads for speaking French.