Yes, Prime Minister?

Let’s not misunderestimate the man just because he’s not a 21st century Mutanabbi, alright?

In fact, I feel sure that lurking beneath the halting phrases, garbled desinential inflection, and butchered vowel harmony lies a rhetorical brilliance, just waiting to reveal itself. As such, allow me to declaim the following panegyric in its honor…

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24 thoughts on “Yes, Prime Minister?

  1. LoL! Was the sound recording in Phoenician?

    Posted by Ms. Tee | December 12, 2009, 4:11 pm
  2. Ms. Tee

    Very good. It takes one to know one.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | December 12, 2009, 4:17 pm
  3. That is the best proof that money talks.

    Posted by ghassan karam | December 12, 2009, 4:45 pm
  4. Alllaaaaah! : )

    By the way Elias, I was thinking about YOU when I heard him try to speak.

    I remembered how you spent last year taking Arabic lessons … And Saad did not even spend a few hours rehearsing his speech.

    Or did he?

    Posted by Alex | December 12, 2009, 5:14 pm
  5. I doubt he spent much time.

    I would have practiced it for an hour to make sure every fat7a and dammeh was in the right place, so as not to look maksour. 😉

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | December 12, 2009, 5:19 pm
  6. PS: This is not me reciting the poetry. Some funny guy.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | December 12, 2009, 5:21 pm
  7. What a shame! how could he laugh? it seems all this like a joke for him

    Posted by Elie Ayoub | December 12, 2009, 5:29 pm
  8. This is fantastic. Lebanon is in safe hands.

    Posted by Sasa | December 12, 2009, 6:24 pm
  9. Khalsat al-muy. Yeah, cos THAT’S your problem! I love Sa’ad. He made me smile.

    Posted by Sasa | December 12, 2009, 6:26 pm
  10. Lol… good post QN. The sound clip is Yasser el 3athmi (ياسر العظمي), the Syrian actor who does Maraya, which is a brill program! Here’s the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfaUFGkOUIM&feature=related

    Posted by Shadi | December 12, 2009, 7:10 pm
  11. I would have forgave his dammeh w fat7a said in a wrong way, but some things were just too much, i’ve been told he did not know arabic before 2005 or something?

    Posted by Liliane | December 13, 2009, 7:35 am
  12. This video is nice and shows how healthy the Lebanese democracy is.
    So what?????….We got nothing from good speeches…We now need a leader who works and does not “speech”…We need production and development…The country was paralyzed for long long period because of the “GOOD” speeches.
    Congratulations in any case for the montage. The first to laugh at is perhaps P.M Hariri himself

    Posted by la fille de cèdre | December 13, 2009, 8:27 am
  13. I wonder which language he would feel more comfortable reading a speech in?

    Posted by Benjamin Geer | December 13, 2009, 11:10 am
  14. Saudi dialect maybe? Well now I don’t feel so bad…

    Posted by danny | December 13, 2009, 12:28 pm
  15. What a disgrace really. I don’t think he is eloquent or fluent in any other language either. and the bastard Berry gloating, why not!!

    Posted by V | December 13, 2009, 12:37 pm
  16. The only thing that is more insulting than such a speech is watching Raad hugging Saad closely and then Frenjieh hugging Saad like there was no yesterday.
    Indeed the joke is on us, the Lebanese people.

    Posted by i.e. Lubnan | December 13, 2009, 1:53 pm
  17. la fille de cèdre

    “how healthy the Lebanese democracy is” to the contrary, his performance shows how ill not healthy the Lebanese democracy is.
    As far as “We need production and development” don’t count on it, unless you are one of the 7 and their zulem.

    Posted by i.e. Lubnan | December 13, 2009, 2:19 pm
  18. i.e. Lubnan
    16 – u should be happy seeing them hugging each other….this is THE “WE7DEH WATANIYEH AND AICH MOCHTARAK”

    reagrding Healthy Democracy it is there and the proove is by publishing these kind of Videos…wont think any country i.e syria, uae, ksa, bahrain, iran would allow it…
    and FYI i m just a lebanese women who belongs to a vast resistance that exceeds the borders, the parties, the regions, the individuals and the groups…

    Posted by la fille de cèdre | December 13, 2009, 2:50 pm
  19. i think the audio is by Syrian comedian Yasser Azmeh

    Posted by innocentcriminal12 | December 13, 2009, 5:40 pm
  20. I have a feeling that QN is disappointed but for a different reason than Hariri’s eloquence (or loack thereof) – notwitstanding the audio doublage.

    QN thought at one time that Mikati will become the PM.

    Just another false prediction. May be next time QN.

    Posted by mike | December 13, 2009, 7:48 pm
  21. mike

    you know me too well. i spend every night tossing and turning in my bed, racked with disappointment about this issue. i don’t know how i will ever live my false prediction down.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | December 13, 2009, 8:59 pm
  22. he makes george bush jr. look like a poet. so sad.

    though, on the up side, hopefully this buffoon as prime minister will discredit the hariri name once and for all so we never have to see his ugly face again.

    Posted by Joe M. | December 14, 2009, 4:27 am
  23. inspired by obama’s peace noble prize, it seems that saadoon got it set for the literature noble prize! good chances eh? perhaps a new facebook group-petition for that would be a first step! 😀

    Posted by clockwork | December 14, 2009, 6:19 am
  24. Any news on the Bayen el Wizari, CAN ANYONE FIND IT online?

    Posted by Luke | December 14, 2009, 8:38 am

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