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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

10% What You Say 90% How You Say It.


As many of you may know I LOVE history. I especially enjoy learning about all the misteps and blunders which we being the United States of America have overcome much like that friend we all have that constantly falls face first in a pile of shit yet somehow comes out smelling like a rose. Stories like the one blow reconfirms that we are and have always been the greatest free nation in the entire world... Enjoy!

In June of 1963 President John F. Kennedy stood at a a platform near the Berlin Wall in West Berlin before 450, 000 citizens of West Germany to show support for the United States Support for the West shortly after the Soviet Union backed the East. This was a crowning moment for Kennedy. As he read from his notes at the make-shift podium he spoke the words written out in English phonetics with his chest out, chin high in that regal Boston accent. "Ich bin ein Berliner" This was Camelot on full display for the world to see. Kennedy was a rock star, God like figure and icon of the time and this day was no different. The crowd went completely wild with appluase and cheering! Kennedy was king of the world!
Now here is where it's SOMETIMES 10% what you say and 90% how you say it... "Ich bin ein Berliner" literal meaning is "I am a Berliner." What Kennedy was trying to convey is that he too on this day was a citizen of Berlin. Following this with

"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"

By saying "I am a Berliner" a "berliner" in German is slang for a jelly doughnut. Kennedy stood before all these people and said "I am a jelly doughnut!" What he should have said was "Ich bin Berliner." translation: I am a citizen of Berlin.

However this was President Kennedy reveared all over the world as the leader of the greatest free nation in universe. So instead of laughter and critisism for this blunder, the people of West Germany put up a plaque commemorating his visit and this great speech. Again sometimes 10% of what you say and 90% how you say it.