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Date: 03/23/12 10:00 AM

26 Responses to Obama Knows Sign Language? Yep, No Problem

  1. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Link: Obama Knows Sign Language? Yep, No Problem - Oh, yes he can! The game is on for sure. Can the Republicans really make this election interesting?
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    Keyh Male 18-29
    226 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 10:08 am
    OMG! HE KNOWS ONE SIMPLE SIGN! MY SAVIOR!
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    defendors87 Male 18-29
    570 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 10:10 am
    my nephew could sign that before he uttered his first word.......
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 23, 2012 at 10:28 am
    What did he sign?
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    lecirconflex Male 18-29
    5 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 10:46 am
    He said thank you (flat hand from mouth area pulled away), see: http://bit.ly/2QIOtm
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    leesah Female 18-29
    1566 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:05 am
    So Obama watched Blue`s Clues like the rest of us.
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    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
    546 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:18 am
    for some people who don`t know any hard-of-hearing folks, sign language is hard. way to go Mr. P!


    O`12!!
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3283 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:42 am
    cool two words
    big poo who can`t say hello in more the 3 languages
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am
    Oh Please, I knew the sign for `Thank You` in 3rd grade too, geesh.
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
    2419 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:59 am
    geesh? guiche?
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
    1511 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm
    Meh, I wanted to see a conversation, not "thanks."
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31761 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    @pigsnout It`s true, I worked with deaf people, sign language is tough! idk how they do it.
    BUT one word does not equal "knows the language" eh? This could easily have been a plant since every aspect of Obama`s "meeting the public" is strictly regulated & controlled after Joe The Plumber, right?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25406 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    Presidents... is there anything they cant do?
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    It seems like he understood what was being signed to him, considering "thank you" wouldn`t have been appropriate in every situation. So just because he only made a simple sign is irrelevant...
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    uatme Male 18-29
    1068 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    @CrakrJak, I knew the sign for `Thank You` in 3rd grade too, but I forgot it by grade four
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    I can say "thank you" in 3 languages, but I only know one language. If I was coached beforehand, I could say "thank you" in any number of languages.

    This shows nothing.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    Hmm...I don`t know. That looked smooth enough to be genuine speech, not just a rehearsed exchange. Although he must be a competent actor to be a successful politician.
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    BluishOrange Female 50-59
    87 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    I`m Canadian, so it doesn`t matter what I think, but I`ll say it anyway. Faced with the choice between Obama and Romney, Santorum or Gingrich, surely voters will to see to it that Obama sweeps the floor with the Republican candidate`s hair. I have faith in you, America.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
    3278 posts
    March 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    LOL, a politician that can say "thank you" in sign language. He must be genuine. Let`s drink the flavor-aid.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
    3876 posts
    March 24, 2012 at 12:06 am
    I saw this a few days ago. I just loved it. Sure Obama just did one sign but it was so natural. Screw you haters. This was a good thing. He made that kids year.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    March 24, 2012 at 10:56 am
    That was the lamest thing I have ever seen. Even I know thank you in sign language and that`s only from playing one round of disc golf with some deaf guys. Picking up one word is nothing.
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    xoxnameless Female 18-29
    208 posts
    March 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm
    That`s about as impressive as knowing "domo-arigato Mr. Roboto." How lame is North American society that we are totally effing impressed when someone in power just recognizes the existence of a group of people or person who is "different" in some way? It should be assumed that he should act naturally around them, they are people too, this shouldn`t come across as amazing...
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    March 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    I love how this makes all the Nazis mad. You lil Adolfs butthurt?
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    Idlerlee2 Male 18-29
    135 posts
    March 25, 2012 at 4:27 am
    Look at me I have to flame something that made someone happy, oh oh oh oh look at me look at me look at me! *hop hop hop*

    clowns
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 25, 2012 at 10:36 am
    It should be assumed that he should act naturally around them, they are people too, this shouldn`t come across as amazing...

    Are you playing the victim card seriously or just trolling? I can`t tell.

    Just in case you`re serious, or anyone else plays their victim cards off of your post:

    One person used the word `natural` to refer to Obama`s use of sign language. NOT, and I`m directed this to all those desperately looking for a chance to play their victims cards to gain power, NOT his behaviour towards deaf people.

    In any case, ignoring any use of the word `natural` is a very good rule of thumb because it is almost always a false appeal to authority.

    In one sense, no complex language is natural - they are all artificial things, invented by people. In another, everything invented by people is natural because inventiveness is natural. `natural` almost always means `something I want to claim superhuman support for`.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 25, 2012 at 10:42 am
    That`s about as impressive as knowing "domo-arigato Mr. Roboto."

    LillianDulci pointed out something easily overlooked by people focussing only on that one gesture:

    It seems like he understood what was being signed to him, considering "thank you" wouldn`t have been appropriate in every situation.

    So it`s about as impressive as him having learned Japanese well enough to understand it spoken to him at a normal pace.

    Or it`s a set piece to buy votes and he can act well enough to make it look like he`s at least somewhat familiar with the language.

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