The president has a big fan today, after an encounter with a deaf college student at a political function. After Stephon had a chance to shake President Barack Obama’s hand and sign “I’m proud of you,” Obama surprised Stephon and the rest of those who were in the VIP section by signing back “Thank you.”
“I took the moment and signed ‘I am proud of you,’” Stephon signed in a youtube video later. “And his response was ‘Thank u’ in sign language back! Oh my gosh! I was like wow! He understood me after I said I was proud of him. It was so amazing…I was just speechless. Right after he thanked me, he smiled at another deaf lady who signed ‘I love you.’ When I shook his hand it did not feel like he was superior to me. He was just a humble man.”
Watch the interaction between Stephon and President Obama below.
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