Posted by: mulrickillion | March 28, 2012

President Obama surprises deaf student by signing to him

President Obama signs “Thank you.” (YouTube).

By Elizabeth Flock, March 21, 2012 —

President Obama took a deaf student by surprise last week by speaking to him in sign language.

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Stephon Williams, a 26-year-old student from Prince George’s Community College, was standing in line after an event on energy policy in Maryland when he managed to catch the president’s attention, D.C.-based blog Distriction reports. Obama, who had been busy shaking hands, looked directly at the student.

“I am proud of you,” Williams signed. Obama, without skipping a beat, signed back: “Thank you.”

“When I shook his hand it did not feel like he was superior to me,” Williams told Distriction later. “He was just a humble man”. . . . 

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And Williams later made a video about his experience. “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” Williams says on the video, which is in sign language. “He understood me after I said I was proud of him. It was so amazing.”

In the video, Williams also revealed that immediately after his interaction, a woman signed “I love you” to Obama.

This time, the president simply smiled.

President Obama surprises deaf student by signing to him – 44 – The Washington Post


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  1. He’s got a decent side to himself.

    • Yes, he does, and many, especially the “extremely” conservative ones casting him as the anti-Christ, neither understand the man – the president, nor want to understand him. Otherwise, thank you for your comment.

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