As my mother used to say, this is a case of “too little, too late”. The chronically illiterate and horrific speaker of English, Copy Paste Ponta, gave an interview with Der Spiegel the other day. The good folks at “Der Spiegel” had the kindness of upgrading his remarks into regular English:
SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, all of Europe is wondering who you are: a democrat, an authoritarian ruler or the perpetrator of a coup d’ état?
Ponta: Ever since I took to the streets when I was 17 to protest at great personal risk against the communist dictatorship, I have been a passionate democrat.
It starts off with this lie (the “great personal risk” bit) and goes downhill from there. Click on the link above if you want to read it.
What’s odd is that this is the worst kind of PR. This interview (and dozens more like it) should’ve been done back in fucking May or early June, not the tail end of July when Basescu is almost certainly going to return to office next week. It’s like someone whispered into Ponta’s air, “Hey man, go sit down with the foreign press and tell them the sweet lies that they want to hear,” only did it a month too late.
Sigh… I sometimes get frustrated with the high level of incompetence in Romania but at least this time it’s a “good” kind of incompetence, if such a thing exists :P
NOTE: Some Romanians, the arrogant bastards that they are, have openly disagreed with me about how well Ponta speaks (and more importantly, writes) English. Yes, I realize it’s not his native language. Thank you, geniuses, I only live in Romania every single day and hear Romanians speaking English.
But when I know so many hard-working Romanians who have gone to great length to master this very difficult language, it’s a fucking crime to let letters like this one get sent to the European Union about official business. This isn’t a fan letter to Donald Tusk we’re talking about. Ponta should be horsewhipped for that letter alone.