Posts Tagged ‘cambodia


Making History

All photos by Pete Souza – see more here (including captions)


Rise and Shine

An exhausting trip: President Obama yawns at the beginning of the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 20


Thank you FoxFire


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Chat away, Night Owls/Early Birds

You know, the previous post was meant to be the last of the day, but you people are immensely chatty, so it got a bit on the long side.

I couldn’t think what to put in this post, so I just picked a completely random video (blame JER).

See you tomorrow – and keep your shirts on.


Cambodia …. and home

President Obama, in that shirt, returns a greeting to Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, prior to a gala dinner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

All times US EST


9:0 PM (tonight): The President participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

10:45 PM: Meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan

11:45 PM: Meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China


1:15 AM: Attends East Asian Summit Plenary Sessions

4:50 AM: Meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

5:35 AM: Departs Phnom Penh en route Washington, DC


Wednesday: The President returns to Washington, DC in the morning. 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.


Chat away

From left, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, President Obama, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah join hands for a group photo at the 4th ASEAN-US meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19


Chat away while I go eat. Bob? I’m leaving you in charge – try and get everyone to refocus, thanks. (Good luck with that).


That shirt…. (live shirt updating complete…. for now)

President 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, Cambodia, Nov 19

… with Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard


President Obama receives a floral tribute upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport for the ASEAN Summit, November 19

….. arriving at the ASEAN Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh


More soon – no, not necessarily more pics of that shirt, although if it happens to feature in other ASEAN Summit pics, well then, so be it :???:


Burma & Cambodia – Schedule

A market in Rangoon, Burma, November 18

Monday (in Asia!):

ICT (12 hours ahead of US EST):

9:0 AM: The President departs Bangkok, Thailand en route Rangoon, Burma


MMT (11.5 hours ahead of US EST):

9:40 AM: Arrives Rangoon, Burma

10:25 AM: Meets with President Thein Sein of Burma

12:05 PM: Meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

12:35 PM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:05 PM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:15 PM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:20 PM: Departs Rangoon, Burma en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia


ICT (12 hours ahead of US EST):

5:40 PM Arrives Phnom Penh, Cambodia

6:05 PM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen of Cambodia

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

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

Details here


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


AP: The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30pm. Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died. “I heard the shouting,” he recalled. “They shot whoever they saw.”

It was July 7, 1962, the day rage at the military’s recent coup boiled over and a date now seared into the memory of Hla Shwe, who is 75 years old.

“I got the idea that if they used the gun against students, why shouldn’t we use guns to fight them?” he said.

When President Barack Obama speaks at Hla Shwe’s alma mater Monday, he will be treading on ground heavy with political and historical significance….

… “Obama knows very well about the history of Yangon University, I think. This is an enemy place for the authorities,” said Hla Shwe, who fought with Communist insurgents and spent 25 years as a political prisoner. “The American government is trying to show in a delicate way that they are not only working for the government but will also take care of the Burmese people.”

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