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    Obama Repeatedly Mispronounces Aung San Suu Kyi

    Obama Repeatedly Mispronounces Aung San Suu Kyi
    by KEITH KOFFLER on NOVEMBER 19, 2012, 9:43 AM
    During his stop in Burma earlier today, President Obama repeatedly mispronounced the name of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner who has led the struggle for a free and democratic Burma.

    From the Associated Press:

    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.

    What’s more, Obama also botched the name of his official host, Burma’s reformist new president, Thein Sein.

    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.

    Such diplomatic faux pas by George W. Bush would no doubt have sparked peals of outrage and ridicule back home.

    The mistake by Obama is even more notable because he tries to please foreign audiences by correctly pronouncing words and names in their languages.

    For example, uniquely among U.S. leaders, Obama refers to Pakistan as “Pahkeestahn,” which is closer to the way the country’s name is pronounced by native speakers.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/201...g-san-suu-kyi/

    Can you imagine, if Bush had did this? The media would be howling and straining at their leashes. PF progressive Hive Mind'ers would all be buzzing on the same insect frequency about Bush's stupidity and insensitivity. But, since the One did it, the only insects that we will hear will be the crickets.
    Last edited by DonGlock26; Nov 19 2012 at 07:15 AM.

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    Mum's the word as Myanmar's Suu Kyi starts military rapprochement
    3 Dec.`15 - Myanmar's opposition was tight-lipped on Thursday about talks between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's top general, citing the need for goodwill with its future government partners to ensure a smooth path to office.
    Nobel laureate Suu Kyi met on Wednesday with Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military she must work with in power-sharing executive, despite her party securing an overwhelming public mandate in a Nov. 8 general election. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won more than four-fifths of the vote, but a constitution written by the military before it ceded power in 2011 guarantees its nominees get three key cabinet posts and a vice-president position. The talks were hugely symbolic with the figurehead of a once persecuted pro-democracy movement discussing Myanmar's future with the chief of a military that used an iron fist to monopolise power for five decades. "We must be, for the time being, tight lipped," senior NLD member Win Htein told Reuters, when asked what they discussed. "We have been struggling for more than 27 years to reach this stage. We are asking repeatedly, repeatedly to have a dialogue. What happened yesterday, our wish was fulfilled."


    National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing before their meeting in Naypyitaw

    Despite the NLD's sweeping win, public doubts linger about the military's government role given its record of political intervention and lucrative network of businesses that could be impacted by future policy shifts. Complicating that tricky equation is Suu Kyi's intent to change articles of a constitution that not only grants the military a veto on amending it, but excludes her from becoming president due to her sons' foreign citizenship. Suu Kyi's ties with the generals have warmed since she joined parliament in 2012, but were tested when the NLD gathered 5 million signatures in a petition urging lawmakers to vote to remove the military's legislative veto. That failed, and she criticized Min Aung Hlaing for interfering in democracy.

    Their hour-long talks appeared to be cordial, however, described by a smiling Min Aung Hlaing as "very nice". Win Htein said the NLD would not rock the boat and had been ordered to keep strategy a secret. Khin Zaw Win of the Tampadipa Institute think-tank said the gag order was understandable given the NLD's inexperience, but Suu Kyi herself should tread carefully having stirred controversy by announcing a plan to control a nominee president. "Their leader found it prudent to tell them to keep quiet," he said. "At the same time ... she is putting the brakes on the MPs but is herself going full swing."

    http://news.yahoo.com/mums-word-myan...070524224.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonGlock26 View Post
    Can you imagine, if Bush had did this? The media would be howling and straining at their leashes. PF progressive Hive Mind'ers would all be buzzing on the same insect frequency about Bush's stupidity and insensitivity. But, since the One did it, the only insects that we will hear will be the crickets.
    Bush ran on being a simple everyman and denegrating intelectuals and intelectual curiosity, so yes, when Bush made these faux pas it reinforced that notion to his opposition. Obama ran on being smart. Conservatives scour the mediaverse looking for proof of the contrary, and are desperately trying to make it stick. Not sure that it's working. Either way, presidents often get unfairly reduced to simple memes. And opposition and supporters desperately try to shape these images throughout the presidents term.
    Ford will always be remembered as klutz, despite the fact that he was an outstanding athlete, while Bush who choked on a pretzel, fell off his bike, fell off a segway somehow escaped that label. Go figure.

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