Posts Tagged ‘myanmar

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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Happy Thanksgiving everyone

21
Nov
12

Making History

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

20
Nov
12

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

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Thank you FoxFire

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19
Nov
12

Rise and Shine: Burma

Yangon International airport, Nov 19

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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

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

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… with Burmese President U Thein Sein at Yangon Regional Parliament

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19
Nov
12

Morning

Morning early birds! I’ll be back soon with a Rise and Shine, but the last thread was getting so long I thought I better post something new – quickly!

See ya soon.

18
Nov
12

Welcome to Burma, Mr President

All times US EST

12:35 AM: President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

1:05 AM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:35 AM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:45 AM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:50 AM: Departs Rangoon en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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5:40 AM Arrives Phnom Penh

6:05 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen

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

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

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More photos tomorrow

18
Nov
12

President Obama in Burma

All times US EST

Sunday

10:10 PM: President Obama arrives in Rangoon, Burma

(Live link – thanks Meta. Try here too)

10:55 PM: Meets with President Thein Sein

Monday

12:35 AM: Meets with Aung San Suu Kyi

1:05 AM: The President and Aung San Suu Kyi deliver remarks

1:35 AM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

2:45 AM: Delivers remarks at the University of Yangon

3:50 AM: Departs Rangoon en route Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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5:40 AM Arrives Phnom Penh

6:05 AM: Meets with Prime Minister Han Sen

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

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

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Not sure where there’ll be live coverage, but try the usual streaming links in the sidebar. If you have any more live links, please leave them in the comments – thank you!

18
Nov
12

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

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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

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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

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

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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.”

More here

17
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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Mooooooorning everyone!




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