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Rise and Shine: Thailand

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton tour the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha with Chaokun Suthee Thammanuwat, the Dean, Faculty of Buddhism Assistant to the Abbot of Wat Phra Chetuphon at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 18

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7:10 AM (US EST): The President and PM Shinawatra hold a joint press conference

CBS

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The press conference:

Thank you FoxFireTX, Cluny and Dudette!

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Don Muang international airport, Bangkok, November 18

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President Obama and Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, review Thai troops during a welcoming ceremony

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More from Thailand later


198 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Thailand”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Welcome, Good Morning, and hurry up Chips Chica!

    Did you see the site with nice, clear pics that Debra provided?

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Barack+Obama/President+Obama+Tours+Southeast+Asia+Day+1/ChvpIH04OdV

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Oh Chipsie baby, you were already up and gathering pictures! What a smorgasbord for the eyes, and I don’t have to click an arrow! Man, I truly don’t deserve you, but I sure am not giving you up! THANKS! Thanks and thanks again! :lol: :lol:

    • 3 Smoothscotch
      November 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

      VC, I thought you were going to sleep in a bit, :-)

      Good morning early bird, don’t know how to say it in Thai since we’re there, congrats on 1st.

  2. 5 wesleya17
    November 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Great work Chips

  3. 6 theo67
    November 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Yeah – that last post was getting verrrryyy slow! Good morning!

  4. 7 Debra
    November 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful Pictures.

  5. November 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Good Early Morning Ms Chips and TOD family. I see you are on the ball at an early hour.
    Isn’t it wonderful to see how other countries look forward to, and are welcoming and in appreciation of PBO? Have a fantabulous day all. Chips……keep off that ankle.please.

  6. 9 ourmanflint
    November 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Good morning. Honest I was not waiting all morning for this…..

  7. 12 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Am half awake trying to follow along. Is the press conference starting yet?

  8. 14 Roberts in MN
    November 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

    GM Chips beautiful pictures. This is an important trip for President. He looks like is enjoying the scenery.

  9. November 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Goooood morning! TY Chips!

  10. November 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    What a beautiful and exciting trip for all of us. Thanks so much for the photos and livestream!!

  11. 17 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

    The press conference is on CNN.

  12. 18 dotster3
    November 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Wow, chips, that is quite a description of the Thailand guy, a real mouthful. I had a little trouble with the pronunciation. (but only I know that)
    Great photos—-watching PBO speaking now on CNN.

  13. 19 collegekay
    November 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Wow. Lovely photos!

  14. November 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

  15. 21 kathryn kivett
    November 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Good Morning….is it my imagination or does PBO look younger?….

  16. November 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone!! :) These pictures are GORGEOUS!!! Watching my President live right now.

  17. 23 donna dem 4 obama
    November 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Good Sunday Morning TOD!
    Chips the pictures are wonderful and our President is looking rested and handsome.

  18. 24 Ceb
    November 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Good morning Chips and special good morning to the TOD pajama party group who stayed up and tweeted photos of PBO in Thailand last night. Or early morning, or yesterday????

    There is that famous PBO smile that people all over the world look forward to seeing. Following PBO on these trips is at the top of my list of all PBO sightings. Thanks so much Chips for always being there for us. We would have missed much of these trips if you had not been such a gracious hostess and tour guide. When PBO and FLOTUS went on their first trips to England and Europe, I was all over the web looking for pictures and articles from news services and the foreign press (the national media had barely a mention). I feel completely spoiled now because of the beautiful job that you do here.

  19. 25 Bill
    November 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

    MSNBC does not think the press conference is worthy of coverage.

  20. 27 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Watching the press conference. Been following the U.S. Embassy pictures and they’ve been awesome with the updates. Just saw on the news that when Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton visited the Monk, Pres. Obama was talking with the Monk and told the Monk jokingly to pray for him because he’s about to go into tough negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff.

  21. 28 amk for obama
    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Where was the thai pm at the airport ? Doesn’t protocol demand that she be there ?

  22. 31 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Our President loves Thai food – and so do I!!

  23. 32 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

    CNN cut the presser!!! :(

  24. November 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Fox news is Now the only channel carrying the President.
    Surprise!

    • 35 COS
      November 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Thx Jovie. Of course I will have to destroy my tv after I watch this. My tv has never stopped on faux news before. :)

      • 36 theo67
        November 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

        I watched it online. My TV refuses to stop on Fox “News”. I can’t even find it on my tv – I think I hid it and can’t remember how to find it.

      • 37 dotster3
        November 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

        I can honestly say that is the first time ever in my whole life I have watched FIXed News—–I was that desperate when CNN cut away. Had to fish around to even find the channel.

        • 38 theo67
          November 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

          Keep the CBS ustream handy – they usually broadcast right to the end of anything that’s being broadcast in the US. And when they film Air Force One departures, the cameraman keeps his camera rolling until the tiniest speck can no longer be seen. He seems to love President Obama.

  25. 39 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

    CNN has cut off Pres. Obama. Fox News is showing the press conference.

  26. 43 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

    CNN just quit the conference.

  27. 44 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

    The U.S. Embassy is also streaming the press conference here.

    http://t.co/eLJ63wP3

  28. 45 sherijr
    November 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Bloomberg news.. annoying woman.

    g’morning TOD family, Chips & so glad I woke up in time to see Mr. President :)

  29. 46 dotster3
    November 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Very obvious that they have a free press——tough questions about human rights abuses and struggles with democracy. President Obama always manages to answer in the best way possible. Very diplomatic with the question about Thai food also—–“all of it”, looking forward to the formal dinner there, menu looked great and he’s hungry, bless his heart.

  30. 48 Necie5040
    November 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning Chips and my TOD family!!! CNN cut the new presser, and Fox is still carrying it! Wow! Fox is still carrying it because they want to see if our great Presidnet makes any gaffes that they can “distort”, but he will not make any! I think that Sec. Hillary looks so beautiful in that gorgeous blue pantsuit…that color suits her well, and she looks ready to run after a good restful four year span. I just love when these two make the MSM and Fox news look like idiots!!! Lovely, just lovely!! Thanks everyone, and especially Chips for this wonderful site! I may not post all the time, but I come here to just view and read what wonderful comments and pictures of tribute you post each day! I am off to church this wonderful Sunday morning, sending prayers for good health and happiness to all my friends here on TOD! Much love to all!

  31. 49 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Ut (AKA Nerdy Wonka) is doing a far better job than Mark Knoller of livetweeting PBO’s presser responses. That is all!

  32. November 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Morning early birds! Will be back later with more from Thailand, see ya then ;-)

  33. 54 Ceb
    November 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I like seeing the way that PBO and HIllary interact, especially on trips abroad. She is always smiling and looking so confident and accomplished. The obvious respect and true liking between the two is heart-warming. In good times and in difficult times, they are there for each other; having each other’s back. I believe that one of the many reasons that PBO was so fierce in the second debate when he- who-shall-not-be-named accused PBO and his admin. of misdoings in regard to Bengazi, is that he was defending Hillary and Susan Rice. You do not mess with the women in his life.

  34. 55 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

    So proud of this President! Now going to get some more sleep.

    Thank you UT for the great tweets.

  35. November 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

    These photos are a feast for the eyes! PBO looks incredibly handsome and the PM in her exquisite suit is beautiful. I’m in awe of the beauty of that temple–the gold shrine, the flowers are just amazing sights. I feel so proud of our president. To see him making friends and reaching out to the world just makes me feel so good about being an American. And Brava to Sect. Clinton. She has done a brilliant job as a major actor on the world stage and she and PBO look natural together, like old friends. Thank you, Chips, for the great early morning treat and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee. Woot!!

  36. November 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Today’s remaining events:

    8:15AM EST THE PRESIDENT attends an official dinner with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand
    Travel Pool Spray for Toasts

    9:45AM EST THE PRESIDENT meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
    Closed Press

  37. 59 desertflower
    November 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

    GOOOOOOOOOOD Morning, TOD! What a feast for the eyes! Amazing photos:) Look at all that Thai silk and jewel tones everywhere! Beautiful, just beautiful. Look…no shoes! What a great way to wake up…thank you, Chips!

  38. 60 Claire
    November 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Thank you Chips. No one covers the POTUS and FLOTUS foreign excursions like you do.

  39. 61 theo67
    November 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

    That press conference was absolutely excellent. The President is definitely feeling like the President these days – he’s taking no prisoners, and the nonsense questions from the media are knocked down post haste! I could see from his face that he was not amused by that last question from Bloomberg, and that he wouldn’t let it go. I’m glad he answered it fully. I’m not on the same page with the President on the Israel-Gaza affair, but I do like that he answered the question fully, and I know he’s averse to violence unless it’s a last resort, so I know he’s doing everything he can with a difficult situation to make sure it doesn’t turn even worse.

    This Thailand trip was definitely worth staying up all night (nearly) for. With that – I’m off to bed. Good night/morning all!

    • 62 dotster3
      November 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

      I’m looking forward to the day—-when an American president doesn’t have to automatically answer Middle East questions in that exact same way—-a more inclusive, balanced view.

      • 63 theo67
        November 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

        Yes, it’s infuriating. I don’t think Netanyahu represents the majority of the Israeli people, just as Hamas doesn’t represent the majority of the Palestinian people. It’s just heartbreaking to see innocent lives being used in this political game of chicken, especially the children. It’s impossible to see where these men think this can lead, when neither side respects or sees value in the lives of the other side, and are prepared to escalate to prove their points. It cannot end well. War never does. Why they can’t just sit down and talk – and it’s all over a piece of land??! It is just mind-boggling.

        • 64 dotster3
          November 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

          Agree wholeheartedly.

        • 65 collegekay
          November 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

          I wasn’t on the same page w/ him with Israel either. I wish we didn’t have to defend them so ferociously. Palestinian children are dying. I really do not like Bibi at all.

          • 66 theo67
            November 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

            I can’t tolerate Netanyahu, and I feel like this whole escalation is contrived to get him out of the bed he put himself in when he was cozying up to Mitt. Karma will sort him out, but I wish 53 Palestinians, and counting, didn’t have to be caught in the cross-fire. And that the President didn’t have to deal with this fiasco, as well as everything else.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Theo I admire your stamina! And I fully agree with what you said about that stupid question from Bloomberg. Have a good “night’s” rest :)

  40. 70 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good morning peeps! Chips, you’ve outdone yourself again with the great photos! Thank you. There’s a great arrival video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EYEStYW8R7g

  41. 71 Eveingeorgia
    November 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Good morning, TOD! Chips has out done herself this morning. What fabulous pictures. My, Oh My, but our President looks absolutely yum.., I mean Presidential!
    Oh wow, this old heart can’t take too much of this er…presidentialness.

    Going to church. Will emerge when I am once again acting my age.

    Thanks again, Chip. You make us so happy, and PBO and SOS Clinton make us so proud.

  42. 73 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Better go make breakfast, and maybe preparations for dinner. Have yourselves a great Sunday morning Chips and TODobots, and TOD visitors!

    • 74 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Vc I’m ready for breakfast (that you made). This must be your “PBO-in-Burma” Special? I’ll have a little of everything.

      Pancakes
      Eggs
      Bacon
      Sausage
      Fruit
      Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Chives, carrots, broccoli
      Orange Juice
      Coffee
      French Toast
      smoked salmon
      Freshly baked rolls

      Thanks for preparing such a feast!!

      • 75 vcprezofan2
        November 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Oh dear, Hf, I hope you’re not still awaiting breakfast? I didn’t see your request in time and have already eaten and cleaned up. I do have juice in the fridge though, and it can be freshly squeezed from the carton, no problem. Will that help?

        • 76 hopefruit2
          November 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

          So that’s what happened. But don’t worry at all dear VC. Tomorrow’s another day! Now you can get to work. :) :)

  43. 77 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’m having but a superficial moment: Our President is also nice to look at which is partly why people are drawn to events involving him…

    • 78 Elle in MI
      November 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

      He is nice to look at, true, but his countenance reflects his character, compassion, and caring. Plus he has a megawatt and totally genuine smile. AND his is filled with vitality! All of this draws others to him as well. I love our President (my husband understands, bless his heart, that’s why I love him too!)

      • 79 hopefruit2
        November 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

        He’s the total package as you said – His character and humanity far more than his appearance. It was just the superficial side of me having a brief moment there… :)

    • 80 collegekay
      November 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Yes. That’s why I hate when the WH just has audio for his events. I need to SEE his gorgeous self. :D

  44. 81 Elle in MI
    November 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The This PM is so beautiful!

  45. 83 cluny
    November 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great pictures! I agree with the earlier comment upstream – PBO DOES look younger and Hillary looks great too. They seem lighter somehow. Ooohh I’m dying to see to press conference – I love that PBO can slap down stupid qiestions now. You know what else I’m looking forward to – PBO and the whole family going to the Olympics in Rio – all of them and maybe Mrs Robinson too! No one can tell them or guilt them into what they can or cannot do anymore. PBO really does seem liberated.

  46. 84 Ceb
    November 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    PBO probably sees echoes of the faces of his childhood in The faces of the Thai people that are around him. He proudly describes himself as our first Pacific president.
    One of the many things that I love about PBO is that he is not an insular, culturally ignorant xenophobe like too many of our past presidents and other members of our govt. Mostly by himself, he is erasing the picture of the Ugly American. God has truly blessed us to have him and not the awful, inept, and morally bankrupt R and R.

  47. 87 Lb4Obama
    November 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What lovely pictures to wake up to this morning! The Thai Prime Minister is beautiful. But I am a little concerned with the way she is looking at PBO! She better be careful. FLOTUS is watching too!

    • 88 Pamela
      November 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

      My thought too, but then, how can she help herself? We can’t! :lol:

    • 89 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I think she’s just in awe. She has seen him in pics and can’t believe she’s meeting and talking to the man himself. She’s pinching herself in her mind. I think she will be okay, bless her heart! :)

      • 90 anniebella
        November 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        I know you could be just joking Lb4Obama. How about it’s possible she has no interest in PBO in that way, believe it or not that isn’t the only thing on women’s mind.

    • 92 desertflower
      November 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Too bad that the echo in the room made it hard to understand his explanation….but thanks for posting this anyway…the first I’ve seen. I missed the press conference…

    • 93 cindysweatt
      November 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Not to brag, but been there, done that. Bangkok is amazing. At first I didn’t think they had to take off their shoes, but then I noticed they did. Us regular tourists had to stay behind a rope. It is totally amazing. I do wonder what The President and SS Clinton will think about the poverty. Maybe they will wisk them around it. I can’t imagine how the motorcade will be able to get anywhere in the streets. It is amazingly crowded there. These pictures really make me wish I was there! Thanks.

  48. 94 Ceb
    November 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

    It is so nice to be able to watch Sunday Morning and to know that I no longer need to mute to avoid mentions of he-who-shall-not-be-named and the awful lying commercials that Fl. Was bombarded with during the campaign. I can now enjoy tv.
    They showed a glimpse of PBO as he walked with delightful swagger down the red carpet at the Thai airport.

  49. 95 Pamela
    November 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Good morning y’all! Joining in for a cuppa, then out. Then back, then gone again! One day the plot will differ, but maybe not this day! {{{{{PBO}}}}}. {{{{{HRC}}}}}. {{{{{CHIPS}}}}}. {{{{{TOD}}}}}

  50. 97 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

  51. 99 prettyfoot58
    November 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    i see Frum is on UP….whyyyyyyyyyy….if you believe his statement that you cannot negotiate with Hamas,,,there will not be a Peace betwwen the Paletinians and Israel…sounds alot the old statement that was said that one cannot have peace with Arafat…

    I know of general things,,,but what really happened to bring this situation to the boiling point…i was not focused on this conflict…i was tuned to the election…and it did not seem to be on the radar of the MSM…

    this dynamic always seem to exist….i must say that my main concern is that i do not want our country to be drawn into another war…

    • 100 utaustinliberal
      November 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

      I’m with you on Frum being on UP. Frum’s contribution to the Middle East discussion was nonsense. He knows less about that topic than he knows about the crap that’s going on in his party. He’s just the same as the rest of his GOP brethren. He pretends to be moderate when he really isn’t. Throws around big words to pretend he’s modern and forward thinking. He has some good ideas, but when you peel them back and really examine where he comes from, it’s the same nonsense. I watched him on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday and he was spouting gibberish.

  52. 101 prettyfoot58
    November 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Goooooooooood Morning MsChipssssss….GM TOD…

    What beautiful pics…,,,,,
    it is somewhat of a culture shock to trun on the TV to see lil mention of the President’s visit to Asia….but come here and see such beautiful pics of a historic visit…
    to turn on UP and sss Frum…sprout his stuff…smh

    why do so-called liberal pundits always seek to dilute the message…

  53. 103 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Oh my goodness these pictures are beautiful! I scrolled down the page, each one brought out a bigger squeal than the next! I was groggy when I logged on, but after that, definitely not any more! :-D

  54. 104 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

    The tweets from journalists about what’s occurring in Gaza are horrific. Tweet after tweet of dead bodies and dead children being pulled out of the rubble. UK Prime Minister Cameron said if Israel begins a ground offensive, they will not have the full backing of the world. It’s horrific. A huge catastrophic mess and Bibi’s constant tweets egging and bullying Palestinians is disgusting.

    • 105 dotster3
      November 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Yes, it’s absolutely horrific. Just read about pulling 3 more dead kids out of the rubble in the last 15 minutes. Have seen photos of understandably distraught mothers holding their dead, bloody babies. How is this action a solution to anything? It’s barbaric.

    • 106 dudette9t9
      November 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Okay, I was a bit hyperbolic calling the lack of coverage of PBO’s trip outrageous. This loopsided “war” or rather, slaughter, is actually outrageous.

      • 107 hopefruit2
        November 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

        It’s not because of the Gaza events that PBO’s trip isn’t being covered. The media is still talking about Patraeus and Susan Rice more than anything else – including the horrific events in Gaza.

    • 108 cluny
      November 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for all your posts about this gross injustice UT. I agree with you 1000% but I am devastated that PBO has to look the other way whilst Israel bullies and butchers its way through Gaza. I know its the same for every US President but its heartbreaking and shameful.

      • 109 hopefruit2
        November 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

        The truth is – we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes where PBO is concerned. And I for one don’t believe PBO is simply “looking the other way” just because he has to maintain a good relationship with Israel.

        • 110 cluny
          November 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

          True – we don’t know what is going behind the scenes but the Palestinians in Gaza are getting absolutely hammered and the official response coming out of the Whitehouse and PBO’s comments at the presser are in line with the usual US ‘look the other way’ when Israel kills, bombs and land grabs. That’s just a historical fact. See desertflowers excellent link to Juan Coles piece below. If people are outraged perhaps it might be helpful if they sent on word of their concerns as LOYAL supporters to PBO. What is happening is a disgrace and the fact that PBO is in charge doesn’t make it any less unjust or criminal.

          • 111 hopefruit2
            November 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

            “but the Palestinians in Gaza are getting absolutely hammered and the official response coming out of the Whitehouse and PBO’s comments at the presser are in line with the usual US ‘look the other way’ when Israel kills, bombs and land grabs.”

            Again, that is YOUR interpretation based on incomplete information.

            And most of your comments on this issue so far seem to be mostly about your frustration with the President’s and/or WH’s response which is why I posted this comment – that we do not know what the President knows and why he made those comments. We are still getting a very incomplete picture of the situation.

            Furthermore, I have never said or implied that “PBO’s being in charge makes anything less unjust or criminal.” Just as I refrained from jumping to conclusions when the initial Benghazi reports were coming out, so will I refrain from doing so now. Despite the numerous tweets and other “reports” from Gaza, I know very little about what is actually going on. An image on Twitter is not proof of anything. It may be propaganda – and I simply do not know enough to make hasty conclusions about the President’s reaction or comments at this time.

  55. 112 dotster3
    November 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Chants of “Obama! Obama!” from adoring crowds in the streets there. Moved by the account of a 67 yr. old grandmother who took a bus, a river ferry and walked roads closed for security to try to get a glimpse of our president.

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      November 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

      “It’s meaningful that Obama came straight to Wat Pho,” said Pradab Supradit, a 67-year-old Thai grandmother who took a bus, a river ferry and then walked up roads closed for security hoping to glimpse the man or just see his convoy. “It will bring him blessings because temples are at the center of Thai people’s hearts.”

      “I want to see him with my own eyes,” she said. “I like Obama because of his charisma and personality. He’s a smart guy. I love the way he talks.”

      The World Loves our President as well….

      • 114 jacquelineoboomer
        November 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

        *I love the way he talks.*

        Yep.

      • 115 susanne
        November 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        thanks for these quotes, donna. i was also feeling the importance of pbo going straight from the airplane to the temple. everything he does on these trips is scripted and meaningful–i love that he is making this clear statement of respect for the culture, the history, and the heart of the people. it’s not just about trade, security, regional power. he’s making friends with the people of thailand, as well as with the government.

  56. 116 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

  57. 117 Pamela
    November 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Hope this works, this is so cool!

  58. November 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Good morning! I made it to the President’s arrival last night/this morning and then lights out. Had to rely on TOD as no CNN or MS NBC coverage. Amazing pictures Chips. Thanks. You are ah mazing!

  59. 120 amk for obama
    November 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    One tidbit – Thai King Bhumibol is the the world’s longest-serving monarch.

  60. 121 squarepeg
    November 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

  61. 122 lisalovesobama
    November 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Why the frick did Israel start this shit up again? What’s wrong with that ‘Nut? And that stupid dome prevents him from feeling the consequences of what he’s wrought. SMH. Horrible.

    • 123 cluny
      November 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

      It’s because he’s up for re election and if he talks about social issues he will be voted out so he is doing this to rally the country behind him. They also took out the Hamas leader who was trying to NEGOTIATE – so clearly they don’t want accommodation. No – they are using the ‘Wag the Dog’ strategy. Sadly, the uS is going along. I can’t imagine that PBO could bear to see the carnage – I hope he has a plan to deal with that monster Bibi – but remember that the exact same thing happened JUST after the 08 election when there was another leader in Israel – so one just can’t blame Bibi. It’s a disgusting, cynical strategy for reelection and humiliation/subjugation of the Palestinians. This will not end well – not for Israel, the Us or the world.

      • 124 prettyfoot58
        November 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

        It’s a disgusting, cynical strategy for reelection and humiliation/subjugation of the Palestinians. This will not end well – not for Israel, the Us or the world.,,,,,,,,,,,,

        i do not pretend to know the intimate details of the struggles of the Palestinian peoples…

        i have an open question….

        If the Israel did not have he US as a strong ally….would there have more serious negotiations….just suppose our country had been alligned with the Palestiinian People instead….how would that have changed the equation….

        • 125 cluny
          November 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          If the US did not support Israel so unequivocally there would likely have been accommodation reached some time ago. Until there is an honest broker nothing will be done. i am no expert but that seems to be the consensus amongst those middle East scholars who take an objective view of the conflict. PBO tried to lay down the line on settlements in 09 and got slapped down by Bibi. He went out of his way to reassure powerful members of the Jewish lobby pre election (Ed Koch, Bloomberg, etc) even sending Rahm down to Florida to ‘reassure’ Jewish voters. i doubt he’s going to take a tough stance now but I would be happy to be proven wrong.

          • 126 prettyfoot58
            November 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

            I wonder,,,,

            If this will be the legacy that PBO will achieve in his 2nd term….reshaping the balance of power in the Middle East,,,,,the slaughter of children and the enslavement of a people cannot continue….i heard that there is a Peace Movement in Israel…how widespread is it…

          • 127 theo67
            November 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

            At some point, the Arab nations in the region also have to take responsibility for negotiating peace. I am horrified by Israel’s stance here, and watching to see what President Obama does (although, we probably won’t see what is likely going on behind the scenes). But, I certainly don’t lay the blame at President Obama’s feet – given that this peace struggle has been going on for generations. The Arab nations need to figure out how to support Palestine and give them enough leverage in these negotiations. Netanyahu clearly is not interested in peace. I believe the President wants to help negotiate peace. I believe most of the people of both Israel and Palestine want peace. And I believe the Arab leaders – many of whom are new since the Arab Spring – want peace so they can get on with the business of rebuilding their countries. This is not down to President Obama, and he is in a difficult public position.

    • 128 utaustinliberal
      November 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

      It’s horrific. Both sides over the years have contributed to this catastrophic tragedy but in this latest conflict, Israel through Netanyahu is taking this just a step too far. When you have world leaders telling Israel that they will have no backing if they initiate a ground offensive, it’s serious. Tweets after tweets from journalists show that Gaza is getting the brunt of this mess with children dying every minute and parents having to pull out their dead children from the rubble. Innocent lives on both sides are being destroyed, Israel’s IDF and Netanyahu are busy tweeting about what they’ll do next as though this is all a game, Hamas is responding with more missile fire, and innocents are caught in the middle. It’s disheartening to watch people who calls themselves adults perpetuate this distressing tragedy.

      • 129 cluny
        November 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Yes it’s so awful. For me, personally, I don’t buy the ‘both sides do it’ argument. It’s kinda the same argument that the Republicans used during the election season – yeah, sometimes the Dems were mean but PBO never out and lied like Mitt and Ann nor did the Dems try to cheat by blocking the vote. That’s how I’ve always felt about the Middle East conflict – the Israeli response is always disproportionate – I don’t think it’s right or fair to put the Palestinian resistance on the same level as the Israeli occupation – it just isn’t the same and it never has been.

  62. 131 JER
    November 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

  63. 137 carolyn
    November 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    My own off the top of my head reason for Bebe starting trouble now……he thinks the President was distracted with the campaign, and he could slip something by us. He doesn’t realize that the President keeps many balls in the air at the same time…..he is not a linear thinker or doer.
    I am so glad the campaign is over, and people will realize once again that our President is in charge of what’s going on. I think other countries too get distracted by shiny objects, like the campaign. They do so at their peril. Too many of them believed the same polls Romney did.

  64. 138 squarepeg
    November 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

  65. 139 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

  66. 145 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

  67. 146 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

    OK. I just rolled out of bed late and checked in to see what’s happening in Thailand. The first thing that grabs my attention is the stunning young woman who’s walking around with the President and then I come to find out that she’s the Prime Minister. Wow!
    Now I’ll go catch up.

  68. 148 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

    President Obama-Thai PM Yingluck Press Conference

  69. 151 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

    • 152 lisalovesobama
      November 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Ha!

    • 153 hopefruit2
      November 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

      You ask tough questions dudette!

      • 155 HZ
        November 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

        Good Morning Chips and my TOD Family. This is lovely to have on a beautiful morning on the West Coast.
        Thank you Chips for making your elegant entrance with our wonderful POTUS and SOS.

        I am so grateful to see Sec. Clinton with her president. They are such a wonderful team. I pray that they will both enjoy the trip as history is being made again by both of them. We are the receivers of of such beauty, brilliance,and such natural elegance in our president. He was born to be our President of these United States.

        Everyone have a lovely Sunday. I am also elated because my lovely brother is also there. What a beautiful blessing in two wonderful human beings.

        Thanks so much, Chips. You are such an angel to all of us, and we love you dearly.HZ

    • 159 jacquelineoboomer
      November 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Toddler great grandson visiting here. Spongebob Squarepants is on one TV or another, 24/7. I’d STILL take an animated cartoon over that lapdog.

    • 160 prettyfoot58
      November 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      LOve Me some Dudetteeeeeeeeeee….. :-D

  70. 162 forus50
    November 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    • 175 susanne
      November 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      hopefully big bird is driving him to canada. i hear some folks just leave their unwanted pets on the side of the road sometimes……..

  71. 180 dudette9t9
    November 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

  72. November 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What a wonderful way to start a Sunday morning. Got up early to see photos but then I went back to bed. I should have stayed here instead of watching MTP where Lindsay…saynothing..Graham continued to belch out mean girl rhetoric. He sounds so immature. Thanks for the beautiful pics and links all who contributed.

  73. 182 jacquelineoboomer
    November 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Chips – Thanks so much for the lovely photos for us latecomers. The first photo of Secretary Clinton shows her looking perhaps the calmest and happiest and loveliest I’ve seen her looking in a while! Maybe because the President’s in the group!

  74. November 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The pictures from the Asia trip are AWESOME. So cool!! THANK YOU CHIPS, you’re awesome too!!! Those scenes of PBO and Secretary Clinton make us boundlessly proud again to be Americans. FINALLY we’re represented on the global stage with the face of intelligence, compassion, inclusion, diplomacy and reason. I could keep going! We all could go on and on!!! (And we do!)

  75. 186 GeejaG
    November 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thank you so very much. What a wonderful treat to wake up to.

  76. November 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD!

    What beautiful pictures from Thailand! My President looks smashing — intelligent and curious as always. I’m loving Hillary, too — she looks lovely and rested. They make a great team and represent us so well on the international stage. I couldn’t be prouder.

  77. 190 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for the pics and vids; have finally caught up! Love pics of PBO & SoS at Wat Pho; I visited there in 2004.

  78. 193 sabreen60
    November 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD. As usual Ms. Chips the pictures are beautiful. I haven’t listened to the press conference, but I will as soon as I can. Thank you so much.

  79. 194 JER
    November 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

    BANGKOK — Even in the temples of far off Asia, President Barack Obama cannot escape thoughts of that fiscal cliff back home.

    Touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok, a sprawling compound of temples, gardens and man-made waterfalls, Obama was overheard chatting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton… Clinton made a reference to budget negotiations back in Washington… “Yes,” Obama replied. “We’re working on this budget. We’re going to need a lot of prayer for that.” …

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/white-house-notebook-obama-jokes-that-prayer-needed-to-resolve-fiscal-cliff/2012/11/18/13a01b80-3178-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_story.html

  80. 195 Rita
    November 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    What awesome pictures/video, Chips! Thank you!!

  81. November 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Helloooooooooo! New post everyone, chat away, back asap!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/11/18/chat-away-79/

  82. 197 anniebella
    November 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I wonder if a woman leader will be next in this country, it seems alot of other countries is ahead of the United States.

  83. 198 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks guys for all your recent retweets. Here’s an ‘eye candy’ or ‘full of pride’ video of the President and SOS Clinton, since I don’t know what’s being said.


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