Posts Tagged ‘burma

19
Sep
13

Can Y’all smell What Pres Obama’s cooking?

Can Y’all smell What Pres Obama’s cooking?

by @zizii2

No I’m not talking about the acrid smell of Boehner’s singeing flesh as he roasts in PBO’s Veto threats as well as the bonfire that is Congress. That is subject for another diary. No, I’m talking about PBO’s Foreign Policy chestnuts roasting beautifully.

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The Burma Blueprint a Model for Iran Detente

Prez Obama really works best when there’s a melee brewing all around him. And so it was in 2011 when the GOP debt ceiling hostage taking was underway, he moved swiftly to accelerate the diplomatic thaw between the US and Burma.  DC was clueless about how that happened and predictably gave PBO very little credit.

In his speech in Rangoon, PBO said:

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

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07
Dec
12

Rise and Shine …. with some very gorgeous White House photos

…. at the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 5 (Pete Souza)

….. with will.i.am following an event The Ohio State University, Oct. 9 (Pete Souza)

….. greeting Annie Glenn, wife of former Senator John Glenn, following an event at The Ohio State University, Oct. 9 (Pete Souza)

…. driving former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ Chevy Volt around the South Law on Drive of the White House, Oct. 12 (Pete Souza)

….. commenting on Katy Perry’s shoes while greeting the singer and her grandmother, Ann Hudson, at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas, Oct. 24 (Pete Souza)

Michelle Obama tapes a skit with Jimmy Kimmel prior to their interview for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, Oct. 25 (Chuck Kennedy)

…. adjusting Sway Calloway’s hat following an interview for a Live MTV special, in the Blue Room of the White House, Oct. 26 (Pete Souza)

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24
Nov
12

Rise and Shine: The Week in Photos

With Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, greeting children performers at a dinner at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 18 (Pete Souza)

Greeting the children of U.S. embassy staff during a reception at the Chulalongkorn University Sports Center in Bangkok, Nov. 18 (Pete Souza)

Rangoon International airport, Burma, Nov 19

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 19 (Pete Souza)

The Shwedagon Pagoda

Greeting Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to her private residence in Rangoon, Nov. 19 (Pete Souza)

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22
Nov
12

Rise and Shine

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NYT: President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m., and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations.

Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the region. As he and Mr. Morsi talked, Mr. Obama felt they were making a connection. Three hours later, at 2:30 in the morning, they talked again.

…. The White House phone log tells part of the tale. Mr. Obama talked with Mr. Morsi three times within 24 hours and six times over the course of several days, an unusual amount of one-on-one time for a president. Mr. Obama told aides he was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence. He sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology. Most important, Mr. Obama told aides that he considered Mr. Morsi a straight shooter who delivered on what he promised and did not promise what he could not deliver.

Full article here

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President Obama talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during a phone call from his hotel suite in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19 (Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, aboard Air Force One during the flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Washington, D.C., Nov. 20. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon listens at right. (Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in the Oval Office, Nov. 21. Chief of Staff Jack Lew, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough listen in the foreground. (Pete Souza)

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