Thursday, November 22, 2012

Obama’s awkward gaffes

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.

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