Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fing Faloomabinga

If I ever became a Congressman, one of the very first things I would do, is learn how to pronounce my fellow delegates' names correctly. This man here is Eni Faleomavaega, and he represents American Somoa in Congress.

This man here is Kerry Bentivolio, a Congressman from Michigan. He had the very special honor of filling in for John Boehner on the floor. The job is pretty easy on paper, just bang the gavel and announce the names of your fellow representatives in the order they are to be recognized. When Eni Faleomavaega's name came up however, this mess happened.

Eni Faleomavaega isn't the easiest name in the world to pronounce, but is that really an excuse? Well, maybe Mr. Faloomabinga is new, and people are still adjusting to his name. The problem with that is the fact that Eni Faleomavaega has been representing American Samoa in Congress since 1989. On the real.

What's really inspiring in the video is how Del. Faleomavaega handled it. He did not mention that his own name was mispronounced, but he stuck up for Bentivolio saying "Samoa" wrong. That's class.

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