Obama and a Deaf Supporter

From Distriction.com:

Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama. The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him. “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” he said later.

So the 26-year-old Prince George’s Community College student took his cue and spoke to President Obama in his first language: American Sign Language. “I am proud of you,” Stephon signed. The president, almost involuntary, instinctively, immediately signed back.

“Thank you,” Obama replied.


  1. Mrs Rat sez:
    The vid with Obama “Hold it! Here comes the President!” The president signed “Thank you, hello” and then the guy said “The president walked by”

  2. And if that were either Romney or Santorum, they’d have had Secret Service wrestle Stephon down to the ground for flashing gang signs. (Cool video, though.) 🙂

  3. The man was not the only person in the crowd signing. There might have been a Deaf contigent present. If that were the case, I’m sure the Prez would have been briefed about them and couched with a few basic signs such as ‘thank you’ and ‘hello’. Still a nice gesture, though.

  4. It seems it took place in Maryland. Gallaudet, the university of the Deaf, is near there. So that make sense

    1. I am reminded of a comedy sketch where they had a translator superimposed in the corner of the screen, but rather than sign he just repeated everything said by yelling it slower. As I recall it was Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman” speech, possibly from Chappelle’s Show.

      I tried to google it, but I only found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gCALSR0g5E

      1. Old SNL “Weekend Update” skits with Garrett Morris:

        “General Francisco Franco is still dead!”

    1. He can’t close down Guantanamo, hold torturers accountable, support same-sex marriage, end the war on medical marijuana patients, or stop our horrific endless war on terror.

      But it’s nice that he knows sign language.

  5. I’m intrigued by the four dislikes for Angry Sams remarks.

    Does the sign language make those things OK or untrue?

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