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Smart Power: Obama Repeatedly Botches Dignitaries' Names on Foreign Trip

Jon Russo Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Competent advisers are there to help a POTUS NOT look like an idiot. I know. For Obama, it is a Herculean task. But still, we should expect more from a Nobel Prize winner.

President "Smart Power" at work.  Oops:

As Obama stood next to the world's most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting. Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate's name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee. 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,...