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Obama stumbles around Southeast Asia

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The great thing about electing Barack Obama — twice! — is that no longer is the United States embarrassed by a bumbling president who’s ignorant of the outside world. Finally, we have a sophisticated, cosmopolitan statesman, a man of the world to make us all proud.

How’s that workin’ out for him? Nile Gardiner at The Telegraph reports:

It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House…

On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of Aung San Suu Kyi, the most prominent human rights activist in the world…

Obama also “botched” his greeting of Burma’s new president, according to the AP:

The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar’s reformist new President Thein Sein – a name he also botched.

As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart “President Sein,” an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would make most Burmese cringe.

In addition, as The Weekly Standard notes, Obama was quick to use the Burmese regime’s preferred word “Myanmar”, to describe Burma, which is not the term officially used by the US government, or by Burma’s opposition activists.

Haw, haw, haw! What a bumpkin! What a dolt! Guess they need to start spelling these things out phonetically on his widdle telepwompter. What a dummy!

Not much fun, is it, lefties? Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Strap in.

P.S. So, about the idiot who waves in group photos…

P.P.S. Although I do have to concede that he’s an enthralling public speaker.