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Kofi Annan stops a fight between Elmo & his friends: Teaches the world how to get along
BBC News ^ | December 7, 2001

Posted on 03/23/2003 8:51:18 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker


Annan stopped a row between Elmo and his friends

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has appeared on children's TV show Sesame Street, and said diplomats could learn a thing or two from its characters.

Annan guest-starred on the long-running show to help teach children how to resolve conflict.

He is only the third politician on the show in recent years - first ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton have also appeared.

Annan stepped in when puppet character Elmo and his friends argued over who would get to sing the alphabet song.

In the end he persuaded them all to join in.

Afterwards he said it was "wonderful to reach out to young people" and hoped that he showed children "the spirit of the UN, a spirit of understanding, sharing and working together".


Annan: Diplomats should be
"more like Elmo"

He said some politicians needed to be more like the characters in the show: "Elmo and his friends will tell us, it's the way they are, they tell it straight.

"Keep it simple and it brings you back to earth. I think that is very important, we all need that."

The show's executive producer, Michael Loman, said Annan was a perfect guest.

"One of the things that is truly unique about Sesame Street is that we teach children about inclusiveness. Who better to illustrate that point than the secretary-general of the United Nations?" said Loman.

Annan flew to Norway after the programme where he will receive the 100th Nobel Peace Prize on Monday.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elmo; humor; whirledpeas

1 posted on 03/23/2003 8:51:18 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
please, the politicians will begin to corrupt our children
2 posted on 03/23/2003 8:52:19 PM PST by swaimh
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
"Elmo and his friends will tell us, it's the way they are, they tell it straight.

Something is seriously wrong when words like this come out of the mouth of those in position of running the world....

3 posted on 03/23/2003 8:54:29 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
In other news, scientists have been able to light up the entire city of Phoenix with energy generated from Jim Henson spinning in his grave.
4 posted on 03/23/2003 8:54:49 PM PST by thoughtomator (Let's Roll!)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Oh good grief!
5 posted on 03/23/2003 8:55:28 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: thoughtomator
In other news, scientists have been able to light up the entire city of Phoenix with energy generated from Jim Henson spinning in his grave.

I've always been under the impression that this kind of thinking was right up Henson's street.

6 posted on 03/23/2003 8:56:46 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Kofi is the enemy of all Americans. He is a leftist would be commissar who wants the people of the world to be the easily governed sheeple of the world.
7 posted on 03/23/2003 8:57:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (Free Republic is good for America.)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
"and hoped that he showed children "the spirit of the UN, a spirit of understanding, sharing and working together".

To steal a line from Dr. Phil......... "What a load of crap."

8 posted on 03/23/2003 8:58:27 PM PST by Kerberos (Ah yes the liberal democrats, united as ever in opportunism and error. Tony Blair 3/18/03)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Holy Cow this is sad and pathetic. He couldn't solve the real diplomatic problems at his only job, so he goes on the Peoples Broadcasting System in order to act out being a mediator?

Proving once again, to anyone who respects President Bartlet, that the only place liberalism works is make believe. No wonder they're all actors.

If this doesn't prove that the UN is filled with irrelevant ineffectual little nothings, I don't know what does.
9 posted on 03/23/2003 8:58:58 PM PST by PeoplesRep_of_LA (Reagan must have done alot of good to be hated by the left this bad)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
All right all you Freepers, get your tin foil hats out and explain to me how this ties into the known OBL/Bert and Ernie cabal.
10 posted on 03/23/2003 8:58:59 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
There is a bright side --I would like to know how a 2-5 year old is going to know who in hell that used douche is supposed to be.
11 posted on 03/23/2003 9:01:29 PM PST by Captainpaintball (Remember, children...You can't spell un-American without the letters 'U' and 'N'!!!)
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To: Captainpaintball
There is a bright side --I would like to know how a 2-5 year old is going to know who in hell that used douche is supposed to be.

And didn't the Sesame Street people realize this?

12 posted on 03/23/2003 9:03:31 PM PST by Captainpaintball (Remember, children...You can't spell un-American without the letters 'U' and 'N'!!!)
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To: Kerberos
the spirit of the UN

I was never aware it had a spirit. This should be in breaking news.

13 posted on 03/23/2003 9:05:52 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (kaboom!)
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To: Captainpaintball

"And don't come back!!!!!!!!!"

14 posted on 03/23/2003 9:07:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (...after the photo op, Oscar kicked Annan's a$$...)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Kofi tells it straight:

I don't know why I care so much about the Palestinians. I didn't care so much about people in Rwanda, or Sierra Leonne. Maybe I just don't like Jews.

I wish George Bush would get out of the way, I want to be the leader of the world. I hate it when I have to stand next to him for pictures.

I really have to figure out a way to keep my hands on that Iraqi money.

Just look into my eyes. Can't you tell how evil I am?

16 posted on 03/23/2003 9:10:11 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Red Dog #1
All right all you Freepers, get your tin foil hats out and explain to me how this ties into the known OBL/Bert and Ernie cabal.


17 posted on 03/23/2003 9:13:21 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Do think Bert is OBL’s puppet? You have to admit Bert's eyes look glassy almost like he’s puppet. LOL
18 posted on 03/23/2003 9:23:21 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: Joe 6-pack
Oscar refused to allow previously agreed to inspections of his trash can. Oscar assured Annan that he never had WMDs in there. Cookie Monster heard rumors that Oscar's cookie stash was in the can, reached in, and his pupils constricted and he started convulsing. It could not be told if he had respiratory problems because he was already blue.
19 posted on 03/23/2003 9:26:22 PM PST by KarlInOhio (France: The whore for Babylon)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
"He said some politicians needed to be more like the characters in the show: "Elmo and his friends will tell us, it's the way they are, they tell it straight."

Hmmmm - They should talk to the- French Amb., to the UN, who says something to the Council, yet has hidden motives? To Mr. Blix who acknowledges problems with the Iraqis yet ignores it when he gives them passing grades? To Annan, himself, who is saying this to these kids as if he doesn't have hidden agendas?

20 posted on 03/23/2003 9:26:45 PM PST by Exit148
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!

What an idiot!!! He doesn't realize what a clown he is...Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Bosinia, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Sirrea Leone, Guinea Bissua, Liberia, etc....What a worthless fool!!! I wish him hell in the afterlife.

21 posted on 03/23/2003 9:29:13 PM PST by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Suppose Kofi comes upon some thugs without a shred of decency to begin with. He'll teach them to all sing together too?

He's either truly ignorant, or truly evil. I just can't entertain another possibility.

22 posted on 03/23/2003 9:30:17 PM PST by onedoug
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To: PeoplesRep_of_LA
Actually it was a playful version of any successes Kofi has ever, if ever, really had at the UN.

A scripted conflict resolotion amoungst puppets.

Not that far off from Kofi's reality. Without the script and pawns though, it blows up in his face.
23 posted on 03/23/2003 9:33:11 PM PST by EERinOK
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Annan: Diplomats should be "more like Elmo"

Puppets in other words. Did they get to the part where I is for "Ignoring several memos describing the slaughter in Rwanda and rivers choked with bodies." I tend to doubt it.

24 posted on 03/23/2003 9:33:25 PM PST by MattAMiller
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

OK.......Stay Safe !

25 posted on 03/23/2003 9:36:13 PM PST by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Sesame Street, in NY. Did that come out before or after 911? I'd forgotten all about that. That was strange.
26 posted on 03/23/2003 9:53:14 PM PST by Professional
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker; Squantos
Oh-my-gosh! I had no idea how deep the connections were!
27 posted on 03/23/2003 9:53:41 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
"Annan guest-starred on the long-running show to help teach children how to resolve conflict."

I don't know about anyone else, but I find that a .45 or a 12 gauge shotgun resolve conflicts quite well.

P.S. where was the barf alert on this one?

28 posted on 03/23/2003 10:04:51 PM PST by blackbart.223
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Next, Kofi appears on "Emeril" and waxes philosphical about stew being an allegory for for 'inclusiveness'.

"Yoo see, here we hab de vegatable all mix togedda...." Very appropriate, in more than one way.

29 posted on 03/23/2003 10:14:21 PM PST by dasboot (Direct from the dirty, dark underbelly.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Just wait till the Elmo hits the fan !

Stay Safe !

30 posted on 03/23/2003 10:25:06 PM PST by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: swaimh
Too late. Its already being done.

Our "model UN" at our high school is full of students who name call and degrade parents who don't believe UN propoganda about the world "getting along".
31 posted on 03/23/2003 10:29:56 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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