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{SPEAKER name="Debbie Sonnenstrahl/Shirley Schultz (interpreter)"}
Looked at him up and down, who is that man?
Who is that distinguished man and everyone would say, "Well, I don't know." Nobody seemed to know.

And, er, the receptionist looked up and before she could ask him any questions she ran to the, uh, president's private office and told him,
"There's someone out there. I don't know who it is but he looks very important. So what should I do with him?"

And the president said really, really? Okay, uh, give him 5 minutes. Come, tell him to come in." The lady said, "alright Mr. President," and she went out and Washburn did not have to say one word, not one word.

The woman came up to him and said "You may come in."
Washburn just nodded, bowed very slightly and walked into the office, met the President eye to eye.

Both took a look at each other. The men sized each other up and the President said have a seat.
Washburn nodded, sat down.

Opened his jacket and took out his faithful paper and pencil and he wrote his questions in such fluent Spanish that the President was impressed.

"How did you? How, why are you writing?" And Washburn had to confess his deafness. "You're deaf but you write better Spanish than my own people?"
"Thank you," he said.

Well gracias, the Spanish word for thank you anyway.
And the interview took place for one hour and the President told him all of his dreams and hopes for his country and at the end they shook hands and Washburn left and quickly sent that article interview to a Chicago newspaper.


At that time he was looking, working for a Chicago newspaper and that was the biggest scoop of the year and three weeks later that President, the dictator was killed.

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