This speaks volumes about the character of this man who obviously at some point felt it worth while to learn at least the basics of communicating with those in the deaf community.
President Obama was shaking hands with supporters after an energy policy event on March 15 with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley when he had an impromptu sign language exchange with a deaf man that was caught on video.
The website Distriction was first to report on the candid exchange, which was captured on video by a 26-year-old Prince George’s Community College student named Stephon, who is deaf. As Obama made his way down the line of supporters, Stephon used American Sign Language to tell the president, “I am proud of you.” In the video, you can see Obama momentarily pause at the unexpected greeting. But he quickly responds by signing, “Thank you.” A second deaf student then signs, “I love you.” Obama smiles back at the student and shakes her hand before continuing down the line.