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In a voiceover advertisement on the French online television channel France24, Obama is shown learning how to say "Hello, my name is Barack Obama" in Arabic, and stumbles badly but hilariously.

This is a real advertisement that I saw when watching the channel online, and I'm linking the youtube video below.

No, I'm not making this up, this is a legit advertisement (for those who've troll-rated me) but yes, it is clearly a voiceover (just like another one of the Chinese Communist Party leader also learning Arabic, see update below).

For those of you who don't know France24, think CNN international, in French, but much better reporting that broadcasts in French, English, and Arabic.

I could see this being used against him come 2012, but I think it would backfire b/c it's actually quite humorous (the Arabic teacher is obviously exasperated by how bad Obama's accent is), and yes, the video is fake (although the advertisement is real).

At the end of the video, the tagline says (translated) "France 24, a new news channel in Arabic, 24/7."

Sorry for the short diary, and not knowing how to embed the video directly, but I thought this would be appreciated by the community here.

Consider it a much needed moment of levity (for those who aren't too uptight to understand French humor).

Update: has another advertisement in this series, where the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party "Hu Jintao" is shown (yes, it's a voiceover, so don't troll-rate me!) learning how to say "Made in China" in Arabic.

Originally posted to verasoie on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 01:10 PM PDT.


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