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Mandela ceremony interpreter
called a ´fake´

Associated Press, by Al Clendenning & Ray Faure

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/11/2013 7:52:23 AM

Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a

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Reply 1 - Posted by: scottc, 12/11/2013 7:59:27 AM     (No. 9649167)

Is the interpreter´s last name Obama?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/11/2013 8:00:20 AM     (No. 9649170)

The interpreter was not the only fake involved.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/11/2013 8:07:03 AM     (No. 9649175)

If a fake sign language interpreter is translating an Obama speech, would that be considered a lie squared?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 12/11/2013 8:07:25 AM     (No. 9649177)

I understood it. It was hilarious. He started out with,"John Kerry walks into a bar and the bartender says, why the long face?" One after another kept on rolling out......

Mister

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/11/2013 8:10:29 AM     (No. 9649182)

Reminds me of the fellow dressed in fabulous period costume who announced the birth the the the royal baby. Turns out he was a ´Volunteer´ who just did it on his own.

Who doesn´t love a great prank ?

There should be a yearly awards ceremony for practical jokers.

......instead of every four years like we do it now.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: texascunning, 12/11/2013 8:10:43 AM     (No. 9649183)

To paraphrase... Two fakes don´t make an accurate.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 12/11/2013 8:11:15 AM     (No. 9649185)

He probably learned signing at he same school Maya Angelou learned poetry.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Flyright, 12/11/2013 8:32:01 AM     (No. 9649214)

It´s Ebonics, kiddies.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/11/2013 8:45:52 AM     (No. 9649248)

A message to Al Qaeda?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/11/2013 8:50:00 AM     (No. 9649257)

FTA: ´´...was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for..."

Replace the word ´´hands´´ with ´´lips´´ and you´ve just described our useless, so-called ´president.´

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Callmecrazy, 12/11/2013 8:57:03 AM     (No. 9649270)

Epic security fail!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/11/2013 8:58:13 AM     (No. 9649272)

Shooting the media the bird in 11 different languages...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/11/2013 8:58:16 AM     (No. 9649273)

That interpreter was obviously interested only in the appearance of doing his job. Reality mattered not.

Obama was in good company.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/11/2013 9:01:23 AM     (No. 9649276)

You people left me nothing to say.
I´m proud of all of you.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 12/11/2013 9:08:47 AM     (No. 9649291)

#14 I couldn´t have said it better. Ldotters are the best!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 12/11/2013 9:14:27 AM     (No. 9649299)

This is funny. I caught a bit of the Obamaday speech at some guy´s funeral, and I happened to notice the signer, and he kept doing the same thing with his hands, it was like 3 gestures repeated over and over, and I wondered if he was using some other language that only had 3 words or something. But maybe he just keep signing, "I, I, I, me, me, me, a-a-a-and..."

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/11/2013 9:17:00 AM     (No. 9649300)

He was only trying to explain the Obamacare website. Ebonics does get confusing sometimes.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mark34, 12/11/2013 9:27:22 AM     (No. 9649320)

FTA: "AP interviewed both Druchen, who also is deaf, and Newhoudt by telephone using an interpreter."

How do you interview a deaf person by telephone using an interpreter?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Avogadra, 12/11/2013 9:29:13 AM     (No. 9649327)

How long did all those speeches go on? Does this mean that actual deaf people pay no attention to those interpreters?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: trapper, 12/11/2013 9:30:52 AM     (No. 9649333)

#16 "he kept doing the same thing with his hands, it was like 3 gestures repeated over and over"

The signer is a stutterer.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: kono, 12/11/2013 9:32:25 AM     (No. 9649338)

#18 -- There are video phones for the deaf, and some third-party interpreter services for communicating with the hearing. (Pairs of sign-language-capable people can communicate directly over the video phone.)

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Reply 22 - Posted by: maggie2u, 12/11/2013 9:33:04 AM     (No. 9649342)

An Affirmative Action hire.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: skedaddle, 12/11/2013 9:38:59 AM     (No. 9649366)

Reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live "news for the hard of hearing" skit with Garrett Morris. Here´s a short clip (I apologize in advance for Chevy Chase being in it).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Q0cyJSs04

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Reply 24 - Posted by: joew9, 12/11/2013 9:50:36 AM     (No. 9649394)

Mark my word. They will have some hair brained explanation by end of week. It will be a ridiculous unbelievable explanation. It will be obvious to anyone with half a brain that it was a made up explanation. But the news media will all nod their heads as if the ridiculous explanation made sense and will pretend it´s a good explanation. All to avoid embarrassment to the medias beloved left wing leaders, dictators, and overall oppressors.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: sherlock1, 12/11/2013 10:06:33 AM     (No. 9649444)

Explaining the steps in logging into the Obamacare website?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: richwill, 12/11/2013 10:45:54 AM     (No. 9649539)

Gotta love the L-Dotters. They posted great comments. I enjoy the sense of humour.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/11/2013 10:51:21 AM     (No. 9649549)

Barry´s already hired This Other Imposter for White House press conferences.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 12/11/2013 10:57:31 AM     (No. 9649564)

The interpreter is Dan Rather´s half-brother. Fake and inaccurate.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/11/2013 11:00:29 AM     (No. 9649573)

At least deaf people were spared another of ØDumbø´s rhetorical selfies. If it were up to the left wing press the fraud would have gone unnoticed. You could have put a football ref up there signaling offsides and backfield in motion and they wouldn´t have known the difference.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 12/11/2013 11:01:09 AM     (No. 9649575)

What was the purpose of a signer in the first place. The audience had people from all over the world and one person could not interpret for even two other cultures. This must have been a grand joke. Obama missed the whole thing as he was preoccupied with ´others´ in the audience.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/11/2013 11:01:38 AM     (No. 9649578)

And yet he still did a better job than Jay Carney.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mark34, 12/11/2013 11:06:22 AM     (No. 9649590)

Thanks, #21, for the info.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Jloophole, 12/11/2013 11:46:25 AM     (No. 9649667)

Those who know the book Huckleberry Finn inside out will know what I mean when I say this story reminded me of the con artists Huck and Jim meet...the King and the Duke, when the Duke was supposed to be a deaf/mute, and the King "translated" what the people were saying to him. Mark Twain would be jealous.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: radrelic, 12/11/2013 11:52:48 AM     (No. 9649675)

Incompetent or incapable relative of a Communist party official? Or Communist Community Organizer?

After Napoleon "freed" France and then crowned himself emperor he made his brother emperor of Italy.

Communist revolutions just create a new and less interesting elite.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 12/11/2013 12:25:30 PM     (No. 9649720)

Party crasher. Proof that you could get close to heads of state as long as unarmed and look kind of official. Have to imagine terrorists the world over are wondering how they could make use of such a move. Have to imagine security organizations the world over are looking at this too.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: uno, 12/11/2013 12:39:48 PM     (No. 9649737)

All he would have had to do is make a fist and shake it back and forth to be 100% accurate!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/11/2013 2:09:08 PM     (No. 9649830)

But, did he look impressive doing it - that´s what really matters.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: amnoi1, 12/11/2013 2:50:35 PM     (No. 9649891)

would make no difference to news reporters, they would report their own personal opinions anyway.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: garyhope, 12/11/2013 3:19:54 PM     (No. 9649930)

It was the middle finger digit salute that gave him away.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: little guy, 12/11/2013 3:52:20 PM     (No. 9649953)

I hate to disagree with my fellow LDotter posters but, with all due respect, you´re all wrong.

This guy presented a perfect word-for-word translation of what our African white president had to say in his prepared remarks. In fact, I turned off the sound and just watched him swinging his arms around like he was landing a 707 while enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. I got more out of it and it made more sense than listening too!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Deedo, 12/11/2013 7:29:33 PM     (No. 9650193)

Here is a link to a short video. It´s both funny and embarrassing. The guy really sold the performance, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLNejvU5-Bw

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Reply 42 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 12/11/2013 8:05:40 PM     (No. 9650223)

I was grumpy up til a few minutes ago but this made my day. The article said the interpreter didn´t say anything but I think he, in fact, said it all.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/11/2013 8:23:50 PM     (No. 9650247)

What?!?! I just thought that guy was just doing the Macarena.

I see that Mandella had to die before he could "lie in state". Obama does it every single day.


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Reply 44 - Posted by: Cedar, 12/12/2013 12:50:15 AM     (No. 9650433)

Only zero understood him!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: MERLIN251, 12/12/2013 9:24:11 AM     (No. 9650780)

We are certainly fortunate that this wasn´t a hostage negotiation, or the result would have been horribly tragic!!! The real question here is just who vetted this poser as an interpreter in the first place, and then allowed him to stand within an arms length of the leaders of the free world??? If he was provided by the South African Government, then they have rather blatantly told not only us, and rest of the world, what they think of us!!! This is nothing less than Weapons Grade Embarrassment!!!

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If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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