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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:04 PM
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Obama Impresses State Dept. Staff With His Indonesian (VIDEO)
Barack Obama put on a bilingual display today while visiting the State Department. Obama, who lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971, until the age of ten, broke into Indonesian after being greeted by a State Dept. staffer in the language.

ABC News has more details:


As President Obama worked the rope-line at the State Department Thursday, a State Department staffer named Charles Silver, knowing the President once lived in Indonesia, shouted out, "good afternoon" in the local language.


Obama responded back in what Silver later told ABC News was "very good" Bahasa Indonesian. The two then chatted briefly about the neighborhood Obama once lived in.



Video via MSNBC:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/22/obamas-impress...
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:14 PM
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1. To think 4 days ago we had a president who could barely speak English
let alone another language.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:12 PM
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2. English?
Is that what he was speaking?

Damn. I never knew.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:10 PM
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3. Yeah I had to rely on translations to get through it!
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