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Ich bin ein dolmetscher (I am an interpreter)

When presidents visit other nations — besides being escorted by an entourage of bodyguards and officials — they often are accompanied by interpreters. So in 1978 when then-President Carter was to give ... read more

Did John F. Kennedy Proclaim Himself to Be a Jelly Doughnut?

During that speech, Kennedy proclaimed solidarity with the citizens of Berlin by stating “Ich bin ein Berliner” (i.e., “I am a Berliner ... and a chief German interpreter for the United States during ... read more

Kennedy’s ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’ and Reagan’s ‘Tear Down This Wall’ Speech

Kennedy Presidential Library: I am proud to come to this city as the guest ... Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner.” I appreciate my interpreter translating my ... read more

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Did JFK tell Berlin he was a jam doughnut?

Kennedy made a whopping grammatical gaffe with his iconic declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” 50 years ago on Wednesday, essentially telling his audience — and the world — “I am a jam doughnut ... for ... read more


JFK cleared of 'I am a jam doughnut' gaffe

Kennedy made a whopping grammatical gaffe with his iconic declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner" 50 years ago on Wednesday, telling his audience - and the world - "I am a jam doughnut ... into German for ... read more

Was Kennedy’s point lost in translation?

Kennedy made a whopping grammatical gaffe with his iconic declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” 50 years ago on Wednesday, essentially telling his audience - and the world - “I am a jam doughnut ... for ... read more

How American Presidents Used to Speak Overseas

Back at the time, Carter’s few minutes of remarks at the airport made news mainly because of a silly-in-retrospect gaffe-flap about whether the State Department’s interpreter had ... Every man is a ... read more

The new Aryan arrogance

Kennedy, proclaimed, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” meaning, “I am a Berliner.” President Kennedy ... West Berliners in English as demanded by diplomatic protocols and let the interpreters earn their pay, he ... read more

SATURDAY'S CHILD: Presidential gaffes

His interpreter, Steven Seymour ... coup of addressing the people of Berlin in German with the famous, “Ich bin ein Berliner!” would have flopped. The translation is not “I am a Berliner!” It means, ... read more



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