20 Nov 2012
Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama is renowned for his eloquence
and oratory skills. But his tongue—and his body language—seemed to desert
him several times during his visit to Burma on Monday.Ahead of the trip, much speculation abounded about whether the US President
would refer to the country as “Myanmar” or “Burma.” In the end, he used
both—diplomatically using the official name during bilateral talks with President
Thein Sein, but referring to “Burma”—albeit awkwardly and preceded
by a short pause—while addressing reporters at Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence.