Archive for November 17th, 2012

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Nov
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Sunday Schedule

Sunday – all times US EST:

3:10 AM: The President arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

3:45 AM: Visits Wat Pho Royal Monastery

5:0 AM: Receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej

6:0 AM: Arrives Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcoming ceremony

6:15 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand

7:10 AM: The President and PM Shinawatra hold a joint press conference

8:15 AM: Attends an official dinner with PM Shinawatra

9:45 AM: Meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

** Thailand is 12 hours ahead of US EST  **

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Nov
12

Chat away

Yangon, Myanmar, Nov 17

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I’m off to eat (some football-related humble pie) :oops:

Back in a while

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Nov
12

The Week Ahead

Sunday:

ICT

3:10 PM (3:10 AM EST): The President arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

3:45: Visits Wat Pho Royal Monastery

5:0: Receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej

6:0: Arrives Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcoming ceremony

6:15: Meets with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand

7:10: The President and PM Shinawatra hold a joint press conference

8:15: Attends an official dinner with PM Shinawatra

9:45: Meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

** Thailand is 12 hours ahead of US EST  **

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Monday: The President travels to Burma where he will meet with President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi and deliver a speech to encourage Burma’s ongoing democratic transition.

In the evening, he will travel to Cambodia, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and meet with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Tuesday: The President will remain in Cambodia for the East Asia Summit. In the evening, he will depart Cambodia en route Washington, DC.

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Wednesday morning: The President returns to Washington, DC. Later, he will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House and the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area.

Thursday: The President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled.

Friday: The President has no public events scheduled. The First Lady will be presented with the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico.

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Thank you time-zone-calculating super-brainy-heads for the conversion help!

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Nov
12

Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Washington Post: Just a year after his administration signaled it would help Burma emerge from decades of repressive military rule, President Obama will make history Monday by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the long-isolated Southeast Asian nation.

Obama’s gesture, [is] the centerpiece of a four-day trip to the region that will include stops in Thailand and Cambodia…

During his six hours in Burma, Obama is scheduled to meet separately with President Thein Sein and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose release in 2010 following 15 years under house arrest launched her nation’s opening to the West. She has since become a member of parliament.

….. Obama will meet with Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and in Cambodia he will attend a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and participate in this year’s East Asia Summit to discuss security issues. The president is also expected to meet privately with several foreign leaders, including Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

More here

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President Obama walks to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base – the President is traveling to Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia

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Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 17

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Michael Tomasky: The Nonexistent Case Against Susan Rice Crumbles

Peter King admitted on CNN that David Petraeus, in his Hill briefing, the one John McCain couldn’t be bothered to attend because he was holding a press conference denouncing the administration for withholding information, gave Susan Rice the green light to say what she said on those TV appearances on that fateful day.

…. the agency approved Rice’s talking points. So she wasn’t lying or spinning. So says Peter King, no ideological or partisan doormat on these matters, I think you would agree.

…. Rice maybe should or should not be secretary of state, but she sure shouldn’t be disqualified on the basis of these flimsy and silly allegations, and King’s admission helps clear her plate.

Full post here

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Cagle

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A most excellent White House petition:

BuzzFeed

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Cagle

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Video of the week?

Thank you JamilaJP! (Forward to 11:30 for Romney’s concession speech)

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