Rise and Shine: Burma

Yangon International airport, Nov 19


Text of the President’s remarks here



Crowds line a street outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi as President Obama arrives to meet her in Yangon



A Burmese student at Yangon International airport awaiting President Obama’s arrival





… with Burmese President U Thein Sein at Yangon Regional Parliament



President Obama tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Yangon

President Obama places a floral offering at a shrine during his visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda



There are so many stunning photos from Burma, I’ll probably need another post later πŸ˜•

199 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Burma”

  1. 8 relellit
    November 19, 2012 at 10:14 am


    Burma it is

  2. 9 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Woohoo! First!!! Yeeeaaahhhh!! πŸ˜€

  3. 13 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Chips!!! You are the Queen of All Media! This post is SUPERB!!

  4. 14 Pamela
    November 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I knew I should have gone… Now these pictures are making me cry, so so lovely, to walk in peace and love with this man, our President Barack Hussein Obama.

    • 15 miss pat
      November 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Me too. Everytime I look at him I feel so proud, my heart swells up. I pray for him and his family constantly. Did you see him barefeet and at ease?
      Can you imagine the former contender walking around with his feet on the floor. Or better yet, can you imagine him walking around with people of color from another side of the world and not showing his disdain?
      The President is a man of and for the times and we are so blessed to have him as the President.

      • 16 joanshaw
        November 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        The Great Man theory — I wrote a piece for The Obama Diary and my own (gardening) blog about the “Great Man” theory not long after President Obama’s first election — that when a troubled world needs a leader as miss pat puts it “for the times,” a Great Man rises up to take the reigns of leadership. We are so very fortunate that the United States, this country, has this man to be our leader.

      • 17 HZ
        November 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        Miss pat so beautifully stated. The President Who Walks With Peace and Calmness Within.” I feel proud, so blessed to be living during his presidency. Beautiful barefoot and President of all people. We are being represented by such a beautiful human being.

        I also personally want to send ((((((((((((( Keep well to you))))))))))))))) miss pat.HZ

  5. 18 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

  6. 20 Smoothscotch
    November 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Oh what a lovely picture. Morning all, have a great day.

    Woohoo top 7.

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Now if these amazing photographs don’t leave you humbled and inspired – you are a soulless creature!! I am grateful to the good people of Thailand and Burma for being so warm and gracious to our President and SOS! I can tell from the pics that they are both overwhelmed by the hospitality they’ve been shown these past two days.

    A hearty good morning to Chips, TOD, lurkers and everyone. Congratulations relellit on #1 πŸ™‚

    • 22 veryslowwriter
      November 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      When PBO first took office the situation in Burma was grim. It was one of those police states like North Korea — no one got in and no one got out. After the Christmas tsunami in 2004, the generals wouldn’t accept any aid, they were so paranoid about “outsiders” getting into the country for nefarious purposes. Secretary Clinton and President Obama have very skillfully acknowledged and encouraged the moves toward democracy. They’re both so amazing to watch.

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

    THANKS, Ms Chipa! πŸ˜† Kudos Relellit!

  9. 24 Nena20409
    November 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Wow. Brilliant. Fantastic. Awesome. Delicious. Unbelievable. Oh my.

    Congrats Dudette and Relellit for being First.

  10. 25 anne
    November 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

    In awe…. thank you chips for this beautiful post.

  11. 26 sue
    November 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hi TOD,

    Hi everyone. New to TOD. I tried posting election night but my post disappeared, so I am trying again.

  12. 30 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Is it just me – or has there been a notable increase in the online media reporting of our President’s visit after the TOD Twitter brigade (and others) blasted the MSM for not covering the events last night?

  13. 34 Nena20409
    November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Off topic. I have in my head: Too legit, too legit to quit and gangnam style. Did anyone catch that last night? Wow, I did and it is now on You Tube. Wow. Psy and HC Hammer.

    • 35 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Yep! Peep Kerry Washington grooving to the music in the audience around 1:18

      • 36 Nena20409
        November 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

        The Lady with the most talent in all things Video.

        A tip off My Hat to YOU, You Lady Dudette.

        You are just delicious. I have already watched it twice this morning on You Tube.

        Now I will be watching it again and again. Thank you.

        You are the Lovely one on TOD Video. Queen of the Videos is Dudette at TOD.

    • 38 relellit
      November 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Fantastic! Too legit gangnam style; our President can do it any style; Nena20409 . Unlike the FAUX NEWS ECHO CHAMBER he chooses not to do it doggy style. Our President is just too cool 😎 to stoop to their banal levels. He blows them out the water each and every day. How many of the hacks in the right wing nutjob Galaxy can be received with such love, admiration, and respect? NONE!

  14. 41 Beverly
    November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning, Chips and TOD. Congratulations on getting the No. 1 spot, Dudette.

    See the love and respect and adoration in these photos? This is how we feel all over the world, not just in Burma and Thailand. We believe he’s ours too. Thank you, America, for re-electing him.

  15. 43 relellit
    November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Congrats dudette9t9

    You beat me? πŸ˜₯

    Have a beautiful day all my fellow Todville family and Chips the hostest with mostest πŸ˜‰ Chips you are the best.

    β™₯ those pictures of our great President; especially the one saying Mr. Obama we β™₯ you. The world loves our President.
    Take that FAUX NEWS!!!

    • 44 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Just by a hair relellit! Sheer luck! Have a SUPERLATIVE DAY! πŸ™‚

      You’re right “The World Loves Out President”!!!

      • 45 relellit
        November 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

        Thanks dudette9t9

        You have a nice day too; Indeed the β€œThe World Loves Out President”; but not more than moi!!!

  16. 46 Lexusv
    November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Amazing Pics of an amazing event….The world knows this man is special

  17. 47 sue
    November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    OK is that a barefoot president. OOOOOOOH LORD OF MERCY, hehehe

    Hey chip. Your blog has been my escape through some tough political times. THANKS

  18. 60 peppylepew
    November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I am changing my name cause there is a Sue already.

  19. 61 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Looks like the US embassy in Cambodia is putting photos up on its FB page rather than tweeting them. You can see a couple here:


  20. November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Chips, you are the eyes, ears and heart of our community. This round-up is wonderful! So moving to see the magnificent reception for our PBO. He lights up the world stage.

  21. November 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Major Garrett Named CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
    The former CNN and Fox News White House correspondent will join CBS News full time effective Sunday after contributing over the course of the Presidential campaign as part of a partnership between the news division and National Journal where Garrett has worked.

    As Chief White House Correspondent, Garrett will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He will also occasionally substitute as anchor of Face The Nation.

    Prior to National Journal, Garrett was the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News for eight years and a White House correspondent for CNN during the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.


    More MSM UGH.

    • November 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

      And who exactly welcomes this major garrett news?!irrelevant Ii say. We the media,baby, with UT the media warrior, and others of course, leading the way as only she could!

    • 79 relellit
      November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I’m not quite sure how I feel about Garrett. I know he is a rightie; but I give credit for for leaving the FAUX Right Wing Nutjob Galaxy over @ FOX NOISE. I’m wondering did he just get sick of the deliberate lies?

      • 80 Nena20409
        November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

        Yes. I heard just right after he left that he would just like to report the news without all the partisan slant…..paraphrasing. He also worked for ABC News before he went to CNN.

      • 82 Chi
        November 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

        Major Garrett is still very much a right wing hack…

        He was part of those feverishly auditioning for the role of press secretary in what they’d hoped was going to be a Romney admin…

        He is very partisan but is rather sly about it…

  22. 83 daisydem
    November 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Wow … yes, the pictures are stunning as you say above; there is so much to take in my eyes can’t focus; It is like I want to see it all at once. And that sign ….omg … “you are the legend hero of our world,” that just breaks me up. Such love and hope.

  23. November 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Thanks, Chips for this lovely post. However, many of the last pictures do not load on my iPad. LOVE what I can see. Thank you!!!!!

    We are traveling so all I have is iPad. I won’t be able to read much of this thread so hope there’s a new one before too long. πŸ™‚

    • November 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Hi Tnmtngirl, I’m having trouble too with some of the photos in Firefox, but they all show up in Safari – very odd. I haven’t checked them on my iPad, but I usually have problems with that too. Annoying!

      • November 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

        I have Safari on my iPad.

        • November 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

          Me too Tnmtngirl, and still I have trouble with WP blogs sometimes – but Safari works fine on my desktop. And my iPad is constantly crashing these days. Grrrr!

      • 92 Pamela
        November 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

        We are in the final Mercury retrograde of 2012. Do not despair, commuications will resume normally in another 10 days or so. Meanwhile, Chips, I am crying all over again, it is so incredible to witness PBO and HRC in these lands, although I realize she has been laying the groundwork for some time now. Thank you, dear, you are so good to us! {{{{{CHIPSTICKS}}}}}

  24. 93 daisydem
    November 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love the one of our President and SOS Hillary Clinton getting off the plane: they look good, beautiful, strong and warm and receptive.

  25. 94 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 19, 2012 at 10:55 am



    Look at my President. Loved the world over — I wonder how it feels?

  26. 95 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Wow….wow…wow…..what wonderful pictures. I cracked up at seeing the SS having to go bare feet too and still maintaining their steely gaze.

  27. 100 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Remember when we were in Australia and thought the Primes Minister was standing too close? Okay, I was reminded of that today and I’ve looked through the pictures here carefully and come to the grand conclusion…….ALL WOMEN (YOUNG OR OLD), when in the presence of this President, LOOK AT HIM WITH LOVE IN THEIR EYES! It just can’t be helped (unless you are an abnormal female). Of course, the fact that he probably has that twinkly I-CARE-ABOUT-YOU look in HIS eyes doesn’t make it easier. There! The matter is settled going forward! πŸ˜›

    • 101 hopefruit2
      November 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

      You’re so right VC! He has a deep respect for women that cannot be feigned. The three closest individuals in his life right now are women. And that’s why we women respond so naturally to him.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        November 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

        I’m thinking, (one of those spur of the moment thoughts) maybe upon retirement PBO can run a ‘relationship school for males’ in which he models how to love the females in your lives, as well as those you encounter in your walk through life. Oh wait, he’s doing that on a day-to-day basis now, and the females are loving him back so naturally and effortlessly. Excellent evidence that love begets love!

  28. 103 vcprezofan2
    November 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Kudos, Dudette! What a great thread to be crowned on! πŸ˜€

  29. 105 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

    These pictures are breathtaking, the humanity, the graciousness.

  30. 106 pugeretto
    November 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Yay Dudette #1! THANK YOU CHIPS for great coverage/pictures & hope your ankle is better. Fantastic historical pictures here.

  31. 108 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Chips, this is some of your greatest work. These pictures bring me joy and hope.

  32. 112 peppylepew
    November 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

    These pictures are simply STUNNING. He is such a great man. I heard a pundit once said Obama could be the” Democratic Reagan”. He is no STINKING Reagan. He unique, one of a kind, an ORIGINAL. He is President Barack Obama and there will never be another Barack – drops mike.

  33. 116 terim
    November 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful, awe-inspiring photos!!

  34. November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Hey, cool shirt!

    President Barack Obama talks to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as they arrive for the gala dinner together with other head of states participating in the 21st ASEAN Summit.

  35. 158 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh lawd, Barack just changed the game.

    • 159 sherijr
      November 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

      yep, no matter how hard I try to keep in mind that He IS The President- theres no getting past the fact that he is a beautiful man~

  36. 160 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Chips, I think your tweet with this image of PBO in “that shirt” is about to go viral. Now everyone who’s seen it has pretty much the same response!!

    • November 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Loved this reply Hopefruit:


    • 174 dudette9t9
      November 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Not only is the man whip smart, an inspirational leader, a compassionate human being, with a great sense of humor — we also have the GQ President! Woooooo, that man can wear some clothes! My, my, my!


    • 176 Cman
      November 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Ok, I’m a guy. But, umm He is one fine ass man. And that shirt works! Michelle is not the only one with fine taste I see. I need me one of those.

    • 177 Lorraine
      November 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

      He looks really good in that shirt.

      FYI…I know I told everyone I went to see Lincoln and said GO SEE THE MOVIE. I fail to mention how much of President Obama I saw in President Lincoln; it was scary. The Lord knows how to give us exactly what we need in the time we need it. Praise God! President Lincoln and now President Obama were gifts from God, the Father and I thank Him for both these wonderful fellas. GO SEE THE MOVIE!!!!!

  37. 180 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I feel like a giddy little school girl, um…….did the Patriots win last night?

  38. 181 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Well – what can I say..everything the man touches turns to gold…

  39. 182 Don
    November 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I wish I could rock that shirt that Barack is wearing, but my stomach will keep getting in the way.

  40. 187 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Love the photos chips! Just want to say that Ms. Giliard is a racist. My mother sent me a rant she made against all Muslims in her own country. I shot back at her and deleted it but, she has he same stance as the “Stop and Frisk” mayor of New York does.

  41. 190 carla4obama
    November 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You guys crack me up with your comments! All smiles here too ..and happy Mr President thoughts!
    COURAGE TO HOPE…love that poster

  42. 191 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

  43. November 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Wow Wow Wowza! Chips what are you doing to us? Barely dragged myself up from off the floor after the PBO
    barefoot picture when BAM…you hit us with the SHIRT picture. Have mercy please πŸ™‚ I did confess last week
    that I am trying to get back to real life after the election. But, you are NOT helping, young lady!

    The barefoot picture….oh, did I mention that already? siiiiighh!

    Thanks for these GLORIOUS pictures Chips. Can’t do it without you. You da best!!

  44. 195 dudette9t9
    November 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

  45. 196 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

  46. 199 bajangirl53
    November 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Love TOD, and I’ve tried to post a couple of times, and I hope I am not being seen as a troll!!!! Yikes! I have always felt very fortunate to be living in the history-making era of our beloved and special Prez Obama…………..and I am not even an American!! The election was followed with bated breath in my country, and everyone was SO nervous! We should have known better. He’s hard to beat!! Thanks to all of you TODers who worked so hard, and did what we couldn’t do ourselves to re elect him.

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