Welcome to Burma, Mr President

All times US EST

12:35 AM: President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

1:05 AM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:35 AM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:45 AM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:50 AM: Departs Rangoon en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia


5:40 AM Arrives Phnom Penh

6:05 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen

6:35 AM: Attends the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meeting

8:30 AM: Arrives at Diamond Island Convention Center for the East Asia Summit Dinner


More photos tomorrow

295 Responses to “Welcome to Burma, Mr President”

  1. 8 yesteryum
    November 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm


  2. 10 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Lovely picture. So proud of my President!

  3. November 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    • 12 wesleya17
      November 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      CONGRATS TALLY DYNOS R ready good luck we will see who is the best this time around

      • November 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        😀 What a strange confluence of events, eh? So many *IFs* had to happen to get final back in LA. If LA plays like they did tonight, Houston will definitely win. 😥 we were lucky. Hopefully, Landon will be healed in two weeks. Did you see the game? Pouring, cold rain, on plastic turf! I’m so surprised there weren’t more injuries – and WTF with the yellow and red cards for Seattle after the final whislte. smdh

  4. 14 amk for obama
    November 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    It’s Myanmar, not Burma.

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      😆 Was teaching ever one of your choices for a career, Amk? Hmmmm. You may be right, but I do notice that the twitter address for the US Embassy in Myanmar/Burma is @USEmbassyBurma.

    • November 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      “The ruling military junta changed its name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, a year after thousands were killed in the suppression of a popular uprising.”

      And Aung San Suu Kyi calls it Burma.

      So, it’s Burma for me.

    • 19 Joy
      November 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Hi amk, it’s showing as Burma on the internetz and in the news. I think most people don’t really recognize it as Myanmar.

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      November 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

      No it’s not. Not really. It was known as the Union of Burma and was changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989 by the military which was never recognized as an official ruling body. Instead they killed protesters and silenced dissenters. If the people of Burma don’t even recognize and officially call it Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t call it Myanmar but Burma; then it’s Burma. Most developed countries call it Burma, the United States Embassy is officially called U.S. Embassy Burma, and the native people officially call it as such.

  5. November 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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    • November 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      LA GALAXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • 25 CEB
      November 19, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Thank God for Twitter; it is often the only way that we get information and photos about the actions of PBO. Our media treats us like we are in China or in the old days of the USSR. When there is a coup the first thing that the usurpers do is to get control of the airwaves. The first step to controlling the populace is to have control of information. It is a disgrace, a sin, a real and present threat to our democracy that the plutocrats that own and control our media is carrying out its treasonous acts daily. We need a call for true democracy in OUR country.

      • November 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

        CEB. all of the suppressed countries have made and are making great strides forward thanks to the internet. The media is inadequate to the task of informing people and shaping history. They are only there for entertainment. Future generations will think of the current media as relics of a past time that miserably failed the people when they were needed.

  7. 27 forus50
    November 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Well you got a response but “hard to get a live signal”? I don’t believe it. https://twitter.com/chucktodd/status/270378297102331904

    • 28 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      CNN was showing live footage for a few minutes (while talking over it of course), but there was no evidence of problems while they were showing it – so Chuckle’s explanation is not credible.

      • 29 forus50
        November 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Yup, it’s a total bullshit response.

      • 30 theo67
        November 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

        Al Jazeera can get a signal, but CNN, MSNBC, etc., can’t organize to share the image so their own country can witness their newly re-elected President making history (again)? That’s nonsense! I’m sure BBC or Sky News would have obliged.

      • 31 isonprize
        November 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        so Chuckle’s explanation is not credible.

        And what else is new?? 😆 😆 😆

  8. 32 forus50
    November 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  9. November 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  10. 38 forus50
    November 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  11. 39 Sosena
    November 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    **** Deleted **** No right wing hate rag links here PLEASE

    • 40 desertflower
      November 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Oh please. What the paper is implying is laughable. Is this a Murdoch rag?

    • November 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Sosena, that’s a poisonous right wing British racist rag – no links to it, please!

    • 46 Melissa
      November 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Gah, the daily mail is such a rag…. “scmoozes”, “flirting with attractive PM” ….WTF?? He’s on a historic diplomatic trip to extend U.S goodwill in parts of Asia that have been until recently closed off to us, not on vacation picking up chicks!! But then again, that’s Murdock owned trash, so no surprise there….

    • 47 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Sosena what exactly was your motivation for posting this link – along with the provocative headline?

      • 48 dotster3
        November 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm

        Great photos though. And I thought the only objective insinuation was “flirting”, I guess, but I’m not offended—- but the rest of the write-up wasn’t offensive—–calling Obama the “charmer-in-chief” which he is—–and a detailed account of the activities there. But I know nothing about this newspaper and trust that it has a bad rep. and is not welcome here.

  12. 49 lamh36
    November 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Chips I tried to watch the livestreams, but they didn’t work for me. So I’ll just have to wait for your usual video posts, I know you’re looking for them…lol

    • 50 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      The livestreams didn’t work for most of us lamh. That’s why we’re so frustrated with the US media who has all the necessary technology and reason to carry the stuff live on a few cable networks. The media spent a whole week on Patraeus’ silly affair but cannot spend 30 minutes showing the President’s historic arrival into Burma?

      • 51 dotster3
        November 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        I thought for sure we would see more of President Obama’s overseas trips now that the election is over, now that the media doesn’t have to hide any positive news about him. But no—–they continue to be negligent, missing in action, failures.

        • 52 hopefruit2
          November 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          There’s an election in 2014 – and the media still is invested in aiding the Republicans as much as possible. Their biggest threat is PBO.

  13. 53 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    In the words of Amk, ‘Gunnite folks’.

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  15. 62 vitaminlover
    November 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    The Burmese people are pretty people.

  16. November 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    That photo at the top is pure beauty. After such a sad day, it brought me to tears. Thanks, Chip.

    • November 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Hang in there BWD, I know these are painful days for you more than any, I’m just praying – and I don’t do that much – that there’s furious behind-the-scenes activity going on to stop this madness.

      • 66 dotster3
        November 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

        I kept seeing tweets that President Obama was in contact with horrible Bibi and Arab leaders to try to apply pressure to stem the atrocities, and I wondered where the info was coming from—–not from our media, not that I’ve seen anyway. I guess from the British press or other foreign news services. Out news media is pitiful.

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Lots of hugs for you, BWD. We all feel it, deeply.

  17. 69 prettyfoot58
    November 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

  18. November 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Where in the world is Mark Knoller?

    • 72 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      He’s in Burma – but not particularly informative with his tweets.

    • 73 theo67
      November 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Making silly comments in Burma, that President Obama and Secretary Clinton got off the plane side by side, like “running mates”. I asked him if he was jet lagged.

      • 74 dotster3
        November 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        ABC Chgo had a couple of sentences about his trip, said Obama would be in Burma ‘tomorrow’ as I was reading of his arrival at that same moment.

      • 75 ewok2
        November 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        Thanks guys, Knoller is being his usual self, the media can’t even be on good behaviour overseas.

  19. 76 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    • 80 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 12:03 am

      I love this line in the article from the speech that President Obama will make in Burma:

      ‘“When I took office as president, I sent a message to those governments who ruled by fear: ‘We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist,’” the excerpts say. “So today, I have come to keep my promise, and extend the hand of friendship’.

      • 81 Joy
        November 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

        “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist”
        I think this may go down in history for this President.

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        November 19, 2012 at 5:48 am

        ‘So today, I have come to keep my promise, and extend the hand of friendship’.

        The essence of the man – a man of his word! You cannot ask for more than that, yet we have so much more with President Obama.

  20. 84 wesleya17
    November 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    TOD Family this is the worst I have ever seen the news organizations cover A Historic Presidential visit . They act like the Republicans as if the wrong person won the election.I see Citizens United working in the background through the news corporations cutting news feeds and then putting what they think we should see in 30 second sound bites. Patching the news together the way they want to tell how our President is doing.Thank GOD we have wonderful People like Chips and all of you to carry to the truth about what Our President is doing to lead us through the crap that GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY and all the other crooks are doing.So we all have to keep our eyes on these events to keep the flow going and keep our Presidents back He works to damn hard to let those fools beat him down.Just keep writing the letters and tweets going to support Him in every way possible.Got to ride heading to Seattle,WA leaving Chicago will talk to you guys later hang tough everybody.

  21. 88 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • 89 dotster3
      November 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Saw Julie Pace from AP tweet—-maybe it was here—haha——that it was an amazing sight, thousands lining the streets.

    • 90 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

      This is such a heartening sight. He brings hope.

    • 91 utaustinliberal
      November 19, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Wow. The Burmese love him.

      • 92 HZ
        November 20, 2012 at 1:33 am

        Theo67 and UT, this is so very powerful. My brother said it was so powerful and such an honor to see how the people lined the streets, and just were in awe in such a beautiful manner for our president. He said it was something to really be there and just feel the presence of a grateful people for such a beautiful person as our President of the United States. “What An Honor.”HZ

  22. 93 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Not sure if this will embed but it is the video of the PM and PBO reviewing the honor guard in Bangkok. Very nice!

  23. November 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Trying to diminish PBO by not showing his foreign policy success is not going to work because history books will be written about this. Those reporters are just showing how provincial they are compared to international journalists.
    If it was not for TOD we would not know about it.

  24. 99 desertflower
    November 19, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Thank you, Smartypants…for this:

    http://davidsimon.com/inevitabilities-and-barack-obama/ Must Read…Wes, you may want to read this one:)

  25. 100 dotster3
    November 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Does anyone know what the yellow gift is that President Obama received on arrival? I can’t tell and am curious.

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  27. 113 desertflower
    November 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Night all. Been quite a momentous day. Peace for Palestinians. Peace for Israelis….just peace.

  28. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    November 19, 2012 at 12:18 am

    For as much good as they do our lazy, sloppy media should save the money and just stay home. The President’s trip will get no more than a 30 second blurb tomorrow on the Today Show, GMA and CBS This Morning. If there isn’t some big scandal or gaffe that they can report ad nauseam they could careless. Just pathetic.

    Good Nite TOD!!

  29. 116 Bill R.
    November 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    My goodness, what beautiful, elegant clothing and stunning feminine grace! And the courtesy and dignity show to our President. It is certainly edifying for we people of the West.

  30. 118 Bill R.
    November 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

    President Obama’s lead is just a few thousand short of 4 million now. And Willard of recent history is now sinking into his 47% morass.

    • 119 99ts
      November 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Bill

      For anyone that hasn’t seen it
      David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt discuss the election – this was a Steve Schmidt I hadn’t seen/heard before

      • 120 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 1:32 am

        I’m surprised Steve Schmidt still offers his opinion after offering up Sarah Palin as a VP candidate and letting her get that close to the Oval Office. He should have been laughed out of town. I wasn’t impressed with his praise of Chris Christie, who two weeks ago was making jokes that President Obama wouldn’t be able to find the “light switch of leadership”, and who hasn’t paid the pensions of state employees because he just doesn’t want to.

        • 121 99ts
          November 19, 2012 at 2:04 am

          I was amazed at his views on the RWNJs – especially as he offered up Sarah Palin – anytime I had heard him before he was protecting the party – but not that I saw here – his views on why the GOP should stay away from women’s issues was not what I was expecting

          • 122 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

            I can’t excuse the GOP because they utter a couple of reasonable words – but, that’s just me. The cumulative collection of destructive words and actions preclude me from giving them any credit for small positive actions. They’ve done a lot of harm. They have a lot to make up for. And if they hadn’t lost, right now, the US would be joining Netanyahu in making Gaza a parking lot, with their sights set on Iran next. They are phony, and they are dangerous.

          • 123 Chi
            November 19, 2012 at 4:29 am

            ‘…his views on why the GOP should stay away from women’s issues was not what I was expecting…’

            Sadly that’s all they really want to do – stop talking about it – while still holding on to the same backward and horrid ideas and figuring out ways to sell the same offensive crap – but without sounding as offensive…

            Not possible…

  31. 124 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

    The world is experiencing the sheer involvement of PBO, the commander in chief. If the U.S media decides to not host his sheer character as a commander in charge, and one that wants to make good relations with the rest of the world, don’t worry, fuck this media. The world has noticed it and they have your back as citizens. The U.S. is big, but the rest of the world will help everyone that has good intentions. I like to think that the good of the world and it’s people will influence the good of the nation in the U.S. And I know that this is happening today.
    Somehow, I think PBO acknowledges this as well…
    What a great leader of the world you all have. 🙂

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

      “don’t worry, fuck this media.”

      We should put that on a Flag – like ‘Don’t tread on me’ – and wave it for the next CENTURY, Joy!

      Yes, WE ARE THE MEDIA, Now and we will not ever allow the broadcast folk to prevail.


  32. 126 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Sorry the original is grainy

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  34. 131 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I know this is a really dumb question, but I have to ask it…
    How does PBO’s cars end up in every place in the world? Do they fly these bullet proof cars in to whatever country he is in?

    • 132 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

      I think they have a fleet, and they have transport planes that carry all the vehicles. So, there’s probably a whole fleet that’s in Cambodia already – perhaps the set that was in Thailand. It’s a huge operation!

      • 133 Joy
        November 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

        It is overwhelming, I always wondered how these vehicles get to the destination of the President. Does this work the same within the U.S. travelling from state to state? Or do they have the same cars waiting in differant states for him?

        • 134 theo67
          November 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

          No, I think they use the transport planes, too. I can’t imagine they can keep them safe all over the country, when they need to be guarded and maintained. They have multiple cars, planes, helicopters.

          • 135 Joy
            November 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

            makes sense theo…so I am now understanding that they actually fly the Presidents vehicles wherever the President is travelling. We never are able to see this aspect. We are able to see the President land and take off with cameras but there is never footage of the vehicles being off-loaded anywhere.

            • 136 theo67
              November 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

              They also fly a second Air Force One on the trips. It’s in one of the pictures posted on twitter earlier. I did see footage a couple of years ago of them loading the transport plane – which is how I know that they go in the big grey planes.

              • 137 Joy
                November 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

                awww, yes, the big grey planes. 😉 I have to say I’ve seen them on the tarmac but never seen what they actually unload.

                • 138 theo67
                  November 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

                  They unload everything! All the equipment – the helicopters, cars, bullet-proof glass, when needed, teleprompters, etc.

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

      The USA is the #1 Logistics Expert in the world, Joy. The President has an amazing infrastructure of vehicles and personnel deployed wherever he goes. Obviously, details are not, and should never be, made public. But, for perspective, just remember that during Gulf War #1 we moved an entire force from one part of the Saudi desert to another, without Iraq, or anyone else realizing the vast repositioning of assets that that accomplished.


  35. 140 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 1:04 am

    This is an amazing moment – all three people are miraculous, really.

    • 141 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 1:11 am


    • 142 Joy
      November 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Another stupid question, who is this young lady, Aung San Suu?

      Thanks theo.

      • 143 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

        She’s actually not that young – no offense. She has grown children. She’s was elected a couple of decades ago, and then was immediately imprisoned in her own home for twenty years by a dictatorship. She was just released earlier this year or late last year. She’s a Nobel Laureate, like President Obama. She’s the leader of the opposition and a duly elected member of parliament. And the people regard her as their leader. She’s the catalyst for change in Burma and is part of the reason that President Obama is making the trip today.

        • November 19, 2012 at 1:33 am

          I agree Theo 67. I believe he is going there with Hillary( before she retires) to support his hero Aung San Suu and and not the General. I have a feeling he is showing the General respect to say see if you treat your people right i will also show you the respect and prestige of the presidency. MSM think he is going there for his EGO to show he has made democracy in Myanmar.

          • 145 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

            I could care less what the media has to say or think. This is the same media that has run after Palin, run after gossip of birth certificate and Benghazi conspiracies. They are worthless.

            • 146 Joy
              November 19, 2012 at 2:17 am

              Only one thing I have to disagree with is the MSM have not gone after Palin…There is so much to know about this shit face and the media has ignored what her background is. She continually pukes out crap on Fox news weekly and the media has never gone after her for the corrupt bitch she was as governor of Alaska.

              • 147 theo67
                November 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

                Agreed – by “going after”, I meant the embarrassing fiasco with them following her on her little “family vacation”, where she rewrote history, and all other examples of fawning that the media did with her.

        • 148 Joy
          November 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

          Thanks for educating me on this lovely person, now I can understand the importance of this trip to Burma. I have to say, I know nothing about Burma and it’s importance with the U.S. And ty for your knowledge on this Theo.

          • 149 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

            I haven’t known that much about Burma until more recently, too, Joy. I’m glad I could share what little I know! 🙂

      • 150 dudette9t9
        November 19, 2012 at 1:25 am

        Think of her as their version of Nelson Mandela.

      • 152 Bill
        November 19, 2012 at 6:43 am

        She is 67 years of age. She is absolutely beautiful.

    • 153 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

      beautiful photo. thank you mr nakamura for capturing that moment of pure love.

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

      That’s worthy of a 2nd Noble Prize

  36. 155 idon
    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I have been hanging out here all morning, day and evening just hear news of PBO’s trips. He is truly the first President of the World.

  37. 157 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I tried to pick some excerpts from this article, but there were so many wonderful quotes from the people of Burma about President Obama – you have to read it!


  38. 158 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

    CNN just broke into the broadcast to report on the President’s visit to Burma. Just showed exit from AF1 and now waiting to show visit to ASSK.

  39. 160 Sharon
    November 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    White House has listed the remarks expected soon and audio of his speech.


  40. 165 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    CNN is showing footage right now – it looks gorgeous and tropical there.

    • November 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Theo 67, did you know PBO’s grandfather was in BUrma with British during second world war? he is like returning grandson? I read it in dreams from my father.

      • 167 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

        I saw that in a report someone posted earlier today. I’d forgotten about that – he really is a man of the world.

      • 168 mtmarilyn
        November 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

        We learned about his grandfather being a cook for the British when he spoke before Parliment last year, but didn’t know till now he had been in Burma. What a man of the world he is.

      • 169 Joy
        November 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

        I just read that today as well, it’s kinda crazy how much this young man has experienced such a huge part of the world, through both of his parents and grandparents on both sides of his family.

        I read an article yesterday that someone posted here about a person that spent 60 days or so with PBO. He asked him in the end of it all…”if you could just get outside of all of this and have one day for yourself, where would you like to be, and what would you like to do?” (not sure if I got the quote right)
        The President replyed “I’d like to be in Hunamba Bay, (hawaii) driving through the mountains, stopping by at the Bay, walking the beach and boogy boarding, he said he use to spend time with his mother there. And then he went into describing how to catch a wave.

        Don’t quote me on this, I’m just giving a little of what I read.

  41. 171 Melissa
    November 19, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Live footage on CNN of PBO and ASSK comments now…

    • 172 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 1:42 am

      Lovely to see the genuine personal regard between Sec Cliniton, PBO and ASSK.

      • 173 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

        It really was lovely. I had to rewind it a few times. And it was even more warm as he said his goodbyes to her at the car just now. The CNN reporter mentioned that the crowd of thousands is cheering, and the warmth between the three was clearly evident. That was a nice moment! Unfortunately, CNN is heading back to the nonsense.

      • 174 Melissa
        November 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

        I know….We are so lucky to live in these times! Such historic moments…Hillary is magnificent, and she truly is an asset to the administration. ASSK looked just regal and a tad nervous lol but then again so would I if I had hundreds of press/photographers and maybe thousands of other ppl camped outside my house!! Lol

  42. 175 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I love how he was calling for Hillary, and she said “I’m right here!” – that was cute. So sad that this is their last trip together.

    • 176 99ts
      November 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

      Is there no chance that Hillary would stay on theo? Is it her own choice to leave?

      • 177 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

        It’s her choice. I think she’s just tired. She’s travelled the world many times over, and worked with the President to solve so many global crises. I think she just wants to rest – the job is gruelling! She’s a superstar, though, and I’m glad she signed up to work with the President.

        • 178 Joy
          November 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

          I hope that she is retiring, and I feel she did a fantastic job just like you theo…I hope that she isn’t deciding to run for President in 2016 tho. Only because I feel that when PBO is done, people are going to be looking for someone as young and as jubilant and as knowledgeable as he. Mrs. Clinton is the knowledgeable one, but I can’t see her in the whitehouse. She will be around 68 yrs old I think, and I’m not saying that is too old but it is tougher on someone of her age to take on the task of the whitehouse.

          • 179 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 3:04 am

            Yes – I think that after President Obama, people are going to want someone who, like President Obama, doesn’t have too many ties and favors owing across the Washington beltway. I have been wondering if Kirsten Gillibrand might be the one…?

            • 180 Joy
              November 19, 2012 at 3:20 am

              WOW! I’ll have to look into her credentials…have to admit, I know nothing about Kirsten. Perhaps we will see alot more out of her in the next 4 years?
              Personally, just because I am a Canadian, I’d love to see Jennifer Granholm take on the repubs, 😉

              • 181 theo67
                November 19, 2012 at 3:33 am

                I like Jennifer Granholme (I’m Canadian, too). But, since she was born in Canada, she can’t run for President here.

        • 182 99ts
          November 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

          Thank you – I am of a similar age & cannot imagine having the energy for the job – but she has been brilliant – I am so glad the job was offered & she agreed.

  43. 183 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Better picture of PBO with Myanmar President Thein Sein

  44. 184 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Pics with ASSK

  45. 189 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:06 am

  46. 190 Jeff
    November 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Is this the first time a sitting president has visited this country? I wonder why this is???

    • November 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

      It was a like North Korea. But since IT released ASSK from 15 year house arrest, PBO is giving em a carrot. In addition his grandfather served with the British in Burma during WW2 as it was a british colony. Look at how much history we are learning about other countries. This is why it is a disservice to the children of this country that it is not being shown on TV.

  47. 197 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

  48. 198 Sharon
    November 19, 2012 at 2:30 am

    The Al-Jazeera live English site referenced by someone here earlier just announced that the speech will be about a half hour late and that they will be carrying it live. Good feed. I don’t subscribe to any of the cable news shows so I can’t watch it on CNN.


  49. November 19, 2012 at 2:40 am

    And, it’s also the only real-time resource we have for what is happening in Gaza.

  50. 201 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Motorcade footage from yesterday’s visit to Bangkok,Thailand

  51. 203 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Background from Reuters on the Myanmar trip

  52. 205 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Raw: President Joins Democracy Leader in Myanmar
    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with democracy activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, at the start of the President’s landmark visit to the long-isolated nation of Myanmar. (Nov. 19)

  53. 209 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 2:55 am

  54. 210 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:04 am

  55. 211 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Well, what do ya know? NBC’s actually gonna cover the President’s speech at Yangoon Univ…

  56. 219 susanne
    November 19, 2012 at 3:14 am

    chuck todd on huffypuffy says they’ll cut in live for pbo’s talk in 3-5 min.

  57. November 19, 2012 at 3:14 am

    This is an outstanding speech!

  58. 223 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Video of PBO & Sec Clinton’s arrival in Myanmar

  59. 224 susanne
    November 19, 2012 at 3:16 am

    jeez louise. cspan is showing ron paul’s farewell speech. wtf??!!

  60. November 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

    • 226 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 3:42 am

      what an amazing speech! i think i’d gotten so accustomed to pbo’s campaign speeches, i’d forgotten his depth, breadth, dynamism, subtlety, and warmth in speaking on topics of historic significance. i hope this will be broadcast again in daylight hours for americans to enjoy and appreciate.

  61. 227 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:28 am

    If you want to watch on MSNBC:

    from this URL http://blog.livenewschat.tv/politics/, click the link for RockinRoosters Political Chat

  62. 228 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 3:31 am

    CNN is on here

  63. 229 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Al Jazeera has cut their coverage of the speech as the President discusses his “4th pillar of democracy” – freedom from fear.

    Switch to MSNBC here: http://blog.livenewschat.tv/politics/, click the link for RockinRoosters Political Chat

  64. 232 Melissa
    November 19, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Loving the speech!!

  65. November 19, 2012 at 3:37 am

    This is a VERY BRAVE SPEECH – he is definitely pushing a bunch of buttons – ‘on the ground’!

  66. November 19, 2012 at 3:39 am

  67. 236 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 3:40 am

    OMG! lmao, he did the podium slap again. I thought he had preserved that for campaign events. 😉

  68. 239 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 3:42 am

    What a fantastic speech! He has words that generate into peoples minds, powerful words that mean so much to so many people.

  69. 240 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:43 am

    4 Pillars of Democracy
    – Freedom of Expression
    – Freedom of Religion
    – Freedom from Want
    – Freedom from Fear


    • 241 susanne
      November 19, 2012 at 3:47 am

      i’m so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to ensure pbo’s re-election! the world needs him, we need him. thank heaven he can continue with his mission to improve the lives and prospects of everyone.

  70. 242 Bill R.
    November 19, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Wonderful speech! I loved that he referenced FDRs four freedoms, while showing his own knowledge of the challenges of sectarian violence and economic injustice in Myanmar. He made a point from his own life experience that diversity is strength, and not to be feared.

    • 243 theo67
      November 19, 2012 at 3:47 am

      It was a brilliant speech. I’m glad that his speeches still stir me and everyone – we’re not jaded by his consistent brilliance. Each speech just reveals another level of courage, brains and hope.

      • 244 susanne
        November 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

        he is a great president, and a great man. his success stems from his integrity, sincerity, and tenacity. he really does care about everyone, and he really does believe we can make a better world together.

  71. 245 theo67
    November 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Is it just me, or did it seem like the President was ad libbing quite a bit of the speech? It seemed like he veered off to explain certain aspects of the speech that might not have translated easily. I loved the speech. He wants to change the world, and make it better and more fair for those who should have power, but are being deprived of their power – or just don’t know that they actually do have the power to make a difference. And his aspirations are actually fairly basic – just a fair life in exchange for fair living – for all.

    • 246 Joy
      November 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

      I was only able to catch the last 5 mins of his speech. Will have to save my judgment after seeing it tomorrow once some certain sleepyhead posts his full speech here. 😉

      • 247 theo67
        November 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

        You’ll love it – make sure you watch it. I’m half asleep, thinking of trying to wake up in four hours… But, I want to see President Obama take off for Cambodia. I’m going to be a mess in the morning…

        • 248 Joy
          November 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

          How long before he takes off again?

          Just went back and watched his arrival into Buma and I noticed the SS weren’t letting him off the plane very quickly. It seemed to take quite some time for he and Hilary to get out that door of AF1 and onto the tarmac.

          • 249 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

            I was just watching the arrival again, and it looks like we missed the departure. I have considered waiting for his arrival in Cambodia, but at some point, reason has to take over. It’s 1:14am… Getting up at 5am… Probably not a good idea to stay online much longer! 🙂

          • 251 theo67
            November 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

            You can’t see me… It’s not pretty! I stayed up all night last night watching the arrival in Thailand. And I’m still up now… Not pretty, at all.

  72. 254 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 3:56 am

  73. 255 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

    That was an amazing, historically profound speech. When he drew parallels to the struggles in Burma to how the U.S. also had decades of problems but arose from the flames and how if no progress had been made, he, an African-American would have been denied the right to vote because of the color of his skin. Chills.

    • 256 Chi
      November 19, 2012 at 5:58 am

      It was absolutely fantastic wasn’t it UT..? I was watching and chatting with a german friend of mine who’s a university professor and he actually had his entire class watch too…breathtaking…

      We have a truly spectacular President and a once in a generation leader…

      May God continue to bless, protect, guide, guard, instruct and protect him always…

  74. November 19, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Great Speech! PBO never fails to deliver the right words for every occasion.

  75. 258 Joy
    November 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Breaking: Holy hell on wheels, Wolf Blitzer is in Isreal reporting like a brave soldier. :-/

    He says there is a 50-50 chance of a cease fire.

  76. 259 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Remarks made by Pres. Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi. There’s video available at the site.

    Barack Obama met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Myanmar on Monday, lauding her “courage and determination” during a historic visit to the once repressive and secretive country.
    The first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, Obama urged its leaders, who have embarked on a series of far-reaching political and economic reforms since 2011, not to extinguish the “flickers of progress that we have seen.”

    “Here, through so many difficult years, is where she has displayed such unbreakable courage and determination,” Obama told reporters, while standing side by side with his fellow Nobel peace laureate. “It is here where she showed that human freedom and human dignity cannot be denied.”

    Suu Kyi repeated her warnings that Burma’s opening up would be difficult.
    “The most difficult time in any transition is when we think success is in sight, then we have to be very careful that we are not lured by a mirage of success and that we are working toward its genuine success for our people and friendship between our two countries,” she said.

    As well as meeting Thein Sein and Suu Kyi, Obama delivered a speech at the University of Yangon, where he urged the country to continue with its “remarkable journey.”

    “The flickers of progress that we have seen must not be extinguished,” Obama said. “Reforms launched from the top of society must meet the aspirations of citizens who form its foundation.”
    “Obama fever” has gripped Yangon, with the street from the airport lined with crowds waving the stars and stripes, taking pictures and craning for a glimpse of the president.


    • 260 Joy
      November 19, 2012 at 4:37 am

      WOW! Aung San Suu is a great great speaker! I wish her all the success.
      Thanks UT for providing this link.
      And now, I must be off to bed.

  77. 261 susanne
    November 19, 2012 at 4:39 am

    good night tods–and happy dreams!

  78. 262 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 4:40 am

    In case you missed it: Pres. Obama’s and Aung San Suu Kyi’s full remarks. It begins at 1:58.

  79. 267 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Found part one of Pres. Obama’s speech at Yangon University.

  80. 269 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Morning night shift! How did it go? I’m here for an abbreviated stint; give me 20 mins to do a very brief run through or your records.

  81. November 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Good morning vc…hope you had a great sleep. It has been busy on TOD.

  82. 271 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I love this explanation by Aung San Suu Kyi about why she calls it Burma and why should rightfully be called Burma.

    Is it Burma or Myanmar?

    Well, I think it’s up to you. I’ll explain why I use Burma. Burma was known as Burma since independence. Suddenly, after the military regime took over in 1988, one day, just like that, out of the blue, without so much as a by your leave from the people, they announced that Burma was going to be known as Myanmar in English from now on officially, and it would be Myanmar at the U.N. and so on. And the reason they gave is this, that Myanmar referred to all the peoples of this country whereas Burma, first of all, is a colonial name; and secondly, it had only to do with the ethnic Burmese.

    To begin with, I object to a country’s name being changed without reference to the will of the people, without so much as the courtesy to ask the people what they might think of it. That of course is the sort of the thing only dictatorships do. So I object it to it on those grounds. And then secondly, it’s not true that Myanmar means all the ethnic peoples of Burma. I think it’s just the literary name for Burma, which is the ethnic Burmese [usage]. And thirdly, this business of colonial name, that it is a name imposed by the colonial power, I think that is the kind of reason which is based on xenophobia rooted in lack of self-confidence. Look at India, look at China, look at Japan. The biggest most powerful nations in Asia: none of the names are native to them. And look at Indonesia, look at the Philippines. So I think this is petty and narrow-minded. And some say it was because of astrological calculations, and that of course puts my back up entirely.


  83. 272 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Wooooohoooooo! Found it. Pres. Obama’s full speech at University of Yangon.

  84. 275 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

  85. 276 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Pres. Obama has arrived in Cambodia. The first U.S. President to visit.

  86. 277 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 6:18 am

  87. 278 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

    When TOD is on a roll – and it is whenever the President travels – catching up is so very hard to do! I’m still not caught up yet, but big “THANK YOUs” to all TOD reporters who were on the job all night. I truly appreciate knowing I can always tap into the real US-World political news here.

  88. November 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Hiya UT, thanks for the motivation to find PBO’s entire Yangon Univ speech. It’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTAeJJnqhbo

  89. November 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

  90. November 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

    President Obama’s greatness knows no bounds. Another day in our momentous history to thank our good fortune for his visionary leadership.

  91. 286 squarepeg
    November 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

    • 287 Chi
      November 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

      This is so thrilling especially as I recall how some tried to prematurely suggest on election night before the West Coast votes had been counted, that President Obama winning just the electoral college wasn’t sufficient and meant the election was a ‘sham’…

      I hope the updates are widely publicized so that the initial 50% – 49% screen shot from that night that seems to still drive a lot of the secessionist crowd and their ‘it was close’ meme, is debunked once and for all…

  92. November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Here’s video of Pres Obama’s Burma speech

  93. November 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

  94. November 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

    You know, the vast majority of People do not even know that the President is on a Trip, let alone a Trip to a critically important area that wants Democracy.
    Because why?
    It ruins their meme that Democracy is Only established through ground forces and US military buildup.
    Nope! Nada! Zilch! Zero! Nothing!
    Benghazi, Susan Rice, US Security, changing talking points, misled People, Al Qaeda is strong, we need 5 million Troops in Libya now, etc.
    Nada about Burma!
    Get used to it, the Fiscal cliff and Foreign Affairs Rich entrenched folk, don’t want change- they want the same -old same- old. But, they do have John McCain? Right?
    Pathetically disgusting!

    • 292 Chi
      November 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Don’t worry about it Jovie…

      Just as we bypassed the media to get the vote out for President Obama, we will spread this around via e-mail, Facebook, twitter etc…

      They can’t stop us and we mustn’t let them…

  95. 293 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

  96. November 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Morning everyone, new post:


    I’ll have a Rise and Shine soon

  97. 295 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

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