I knew I couldn’t trust that Jon Huntsman!
See more at The Atlantic.
Speaking of Huntsman speaking Chinese, I found this amusing, albeit somewhat dickish:
Now, if Huntsman were to become POTUS, he would not be the first Chinese-speaker to do so:
But if he were to overcome the odds, he would not be the first Chinese speaker to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Herbert Hoover, who was president from 1929 to 1933, also spoke Chinese. Hoover learned the language when he worked as a mining engineer in China as a young man, said Spencer Howard of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa.
Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover, traveled to China in 1899, the day after they were married. Lou Hoover learned to speak and write Chinese as her husband worked under contract to the Chinese government to investigate mining conditions. The couple’s time in China was not without adventure — they were caught in the middle of the Boxer Rebellion against foreigners.
Howard said the Hoover library has diaries from aides describing how the first couple spoke Chinese as a way of having private conversations in the White House, and that the first lady had a good grasp of the language. President Hoover is believed to have known only about 100 words.