December 11, 2013

Cry   Sign the Beloved Country

Ah, South Africa.... "It's getting better all the time....."Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter 'was a fake'

The interpreter, who wore the clearance pass of a government official, stood just feet from Mr Obama as he made his widely-praised speech, and also interpreted for South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who apparently faces such a high threat level that he recently spent £12.4m on security upgrades to his private home..... Mr Buxton said the man had provided sign language for a speech for Mr Zuma at a military event last year. At that apeparance, a deaf person in the audience videotaped the event and gave it to the federation for the deaf, which analysed the video, prepared a report about it and submitted a formal complaint to the African National Congress (ANC).
The latest embarrassment was compounded by the news that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s house in Cape Town was burgled as he spoke at the event.

Or as immortalized by Johnny Otis....

HT: Commenter Jack.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 11, 2013 10:43 AM
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Snarky comment #1

Well thank God that the hearing impaired, at least, were spared Obama's funeral bore-ation (O-ration?, blove-ation?)

Snark #2

I was not aware that a BMI of over 50 was a prerequisite for being a proffessional hand-jiver

Posted by: Callmelennie at December 11, 2013 11:25 AM

I hate those hand wavers. I have always suspected they were a fraud.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 11, 2013 2:41 PM

Liberal excuses:

"The interpreter was having trouble with his teleprompter."

"He was signing in ZULU!! You racists!!"

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 11, 2013 3:27 PM

Blacks always have a line of BS a mile long and that performance was just about as substantive as the rest of their offerings. But despite its ridiculousness, we must never forget, they are the chosen peeples…...

Posted by: Jack at December 11, 2013 4:41 PM

Son Shuggie was a great R&B artist - wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" made famous by the Johnson Brothers in mid 70's. Shuggie recorded this in 1971 at age 16, if memory serves

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at December 11, 2013 5:35 PM

I am so glad the fake interpreter didn't have a concealed explosive.

Posted by: Rocky at December 11, 2013 5:56 PM

It gets better...This morning on Fox & Friends, they added to the story with an update from the interpreter himself. According to him, he was suffering a schizophrenic episode while he was up there, hearing voices and seeing visions of angels coming in to the stadium. He now says he is getting treatment for his condition and he apologized for his actions...

Posted by: Malcolm Hays at December 12, 2013 5:22 AM

Secret Service goofed. "Responsinility of the host country to vet staff"...was the WH excuse.

Posted by: rlc2 at December 14, 2013 7:37 AM