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was on Dutch TV today and had a real powerful message. I was moved by his passion and a 'Yoda'-like wisdom in a setting of students and a thoughtful journalist. Ultimately the question came to the USA and it's race for 'Gold'. He was honest in his reply, but even more so after that. The money-quotes are at 42.30 min and after (but the whole is really good).

The link (with all due respect):

The subtitles are Dutch, but you'll get the message anyway

A transcription of the essential part is (roughly after 42.30):

'Will President Obama be the next president of the USA? You think he'll be reelected?

Pause ... well ... the alternative is ... eh (laughing) ... you can't imagine someone saying "47 percent of the electorate I'm giving up, they won't vote for me" and, I mean, to be so dismissive, saying that people who depend (grasps his head in dismay) ..., it's painfull ...

"Is it stupidity ?"

No, but ... where's his heart? What does he think of? I mean, the fact that you're poor doesn't make you less human. Many of the poorest people I know are the proudest people."

To be honest, it was listening to a wise man.

4:17 PM PT: Tutu: 'To be so dismissive' about 47%

Originally posted to Upie on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM PDT.

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