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Telegraph UK

 

Barack Obama: hardly off to a flying start

It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama’s first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.

On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of Aung San Suu Kyi, the most prominent human rights activist in the world. As The Associated Press reports (hat tip: Drudge Report):

As Obama stood next to the world’s most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly.

Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting.

Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate’s name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee.

Obama also “botched” his greeting of Burma’s new president, according to the AP:

The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar’s reformist new President Thein Sein – a name he also botched.

As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart “President Sein,” an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would make most Burmese cringe.

Note to presidential advisers: For future rounds of diplomacy, the president of Myanmar is President Thein Sein – on first and second reference.

In addition, as The Weekly Standard notes, Obama was quick to use the Burmese regime’s preferred word “Myanmar”, to describe Burma, which is not the term officially used by the US government, or by Burma’s opposition activists.

 

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  1. BILL

    November 20th, 2012

    at least bush would be embarrased when he messed up names, obama does not even care !

    i bet obama is not even aware he does it.

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    November 20th, 2012

    Those who voted for the bastard are the ones who lowered the bar of presidential requirements to a very dangerous level. And the bad results of that mistake just keep pouring in.

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  3. persecutor

    November 20th, 2012

    He’s NEVER wrong-it’s Bush’s fault.

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  4. Menderman

    November 20th, 2012

    I often make blunders with our presidents name…

    bambam
    oblowme
    obambi
    azzhole
    etc…

    but mine are intentional.

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  5. Ray

    November 20th, 2012

    What the hell is the problem with this worthless sack of un-presidential shit? This arrogant amateurish Kenyan queer bastard can’t be bothered to do his job at any level. Does this Marxist-jack-wagon not have advisers to research things like proper name pronunciation ahead of time or is it just that he is more concerned with watching sports-center? What a dick!

    While I’m at it, I’d like to extend a great big F**K YOU to anyone that actually voted for this.

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  6. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 20th, 2012

    Bell Curve

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  7. Callmelennie

    November 20th, 2012

    There’s so many people in that part of the world … How can you keep their names straight

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  8. Nutjob

    November 20th, 2012

    Did he tell them he admired their corps?

    This rodeo clown is a walking Gaffe,.
    I’m beginning to think the reason he sealed his college records is prevent people from showing he went to the same university as Biden.
    U of Gaffe.

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  9. Ten Megaton

    November 20th, 2012

    No problem,it’s just the cocaine.

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  10. J Frank Parnell

    November 20th, 2012

    He doesn’t have to get anything right in his presidency.

    The media will ignore the gross incompetence, historians (Michael Beschloss) will rewrite it in Lincolnesque narrative, government schools will teach it as positively transformative and Commiewood will drop the corrected MiniTru memes into every sitcom, soap opera, short story and feature film.

    It’s what happens when socialism takes over a free country.

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  11. Mr.Gates

    November 20th, 2012

    It must have been the altitude.

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  12. Troy

    November 20th, 2012

    Just a couple of months ago Mitt Romney did an overseas tour and the press called it “gaffe filled”.
    Yet he made not a single gaffe.
    Now with “the won” f-ing up, nothing but crickets from the MSM.

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  13. RANDO

    November 20th, 2012

    I don’t give a shit what he calls tese third world potentates.
    It does piss me off when h bows to them.

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  14. hanoverfist

    November 20th, 2012

    He messed up her name on purpouse.
    Its an insult and he knows it.

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  15. Joe

    November 20th, 2012

    It bothers me a lot when he doesn’t come clean about Benghazi and flies away to visit the far east. He should be in the Oval Office working. Well, actually, he should be gone. America can survive Obama. It cannot survive the morons who put him in office a 2nd time.

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  16. Anne

    November 20th, 2012

    By a slim margin, the dummies are in the majority.
    Just think: It’s going to be like this from now on.

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