After Pres. Obama was the opening act, Gaddafi’s translator burnt out:
Translator collapsed during Khadafy’s rambling diatribe
After struggling to turn Khadafy’s insane ramblings at the UN into English for 75 minutes, the Libyan dictator’s personal interpreter got lost in translation.
“I just can’t take it any more,” Khadafy’s interpreter shouted into the live microphone – in Arabic.
At that point, the U.N.’s Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, took over and translated the final 20 minutes of the speech.
“His interpreter just collapsed – this is the first time I have seen this in 25 years,” another U.N. Arabic interpreter told The Post.
But what does it matter? Not only did Khadafy/Gaddafi get the POTUS to open for him, the UN allows him to bring his own personal translators:
Breaking with protocol, Khadafy brought his own interpreters from Tripoli for Wednesday’s speech rather than use one of the 25 Arabic translators supplied by the United Nations, staff interpreters said.
It does not bode well. Richard Fernandez is as pessimistic as I:
I’m afraid that as statesmen go, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
Cooling her heels somewhere offstage is Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State from whom nothing has been heard recently. There’s Vice-President Joe Biden and of course Barack Obama. In Britain there is Gordon Brown. And almost in as sad a condition are the Republicans. One can can only hope that some international crisis does not break out forcing the world to rely on the skills our great leaders to steer us through, or else we too, like the Arabic interpreter, will be headed for the liquor store, to buy or loot from its ruins depending on the circumstances.
By the way, the UN General Assembly’s next president is Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, Libya’s Secretary (Minister) of African Union Affairs, a cabinet post in the Khadafi/Gaddafi regime.
No joke there.
Khadafi/Gaddafi pitches a tent in the Venezuelan resort of Margarita.