Obama’s Gaffe-Filled, ‘Hands On’ Asia Tour

As if his Apology Tour wasn’t enough.

Barack Obama called Burma ‘Myanmar’ after a bilateral meeting with Thein Sein, the president of that country.

Obama used the word “Myanmar,” the preferred terminology of the former military government and currently nominally civilian government, in a spray following the bilat, rather than use “Burma,” the former name of the country, and the one preferred by Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the name the U.S. uses.

“I’ve shared with him the fact that I recognize this is just the first steps on what will be a long journey,” Obama told reporters, with Thein Sein at his side. “But we think a process of democratic and economic reform here in Myanmar that has been begun by the president is one that can lead to incredible development opportunities.

Creepy.

Obama repeatedly mispronounced Aung San Suu Kyi, and botched the name of his official host, Burma’s reformist new president, Thein Sein.

Flashback: Obama signed a “non-aggression’ pact with the former Myanmar tyrants.

Bubba Clinton ‘diplomacy’. What will MoMo think?:

Why hello there: President Obama shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as he arrives at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand

Foreign policy: The president and the prime minister could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok

Affection: Obama kisses Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence - in another example of his hands-on diplomacy

Together: Obama embraces Suu Kyi in Yangon, where he praised Myanmar leaders for their reforms

Obama meets with Cambodia’s strongman.

Obama arrived in Cambodia on Monday having just won four more years in office, but that is nothing compared to his host, Hun Sen. The 60-year-old Cambodian prime minister has held power since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and says he’s not stepping down until he is 90.

Hun Sen is known as one of Asia’s most Machiavellian politicians, with a knack for making sure his rivals end up in jail or in exile. A laudatory biography is subtitled “Strongman of Cambodia,” and some would say that’s putting it mildly.

Obama’s world class embarrassment continues.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Amazing how the party of “outreach” and “sensitivity” to other cultures gives a pass to Obama.

    Liberals, hypocritical sanctimonious affluent wielding morons, every one.

  2. Posted by sfcmac on 20/11/2012 at 09:42

    allthingsboys,

    I’m certainly not surprised. I just keep tabs on the train wreck.

    SFC MAC

  3. Yes, but is any of the 48% surprised? For that matter, the other 50% aren’t surprised either. The difference is, they see nothing wrong…

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