Obama refers to Burma as Myanmar, contrary to US policy; Lapdogs follow suit

Policy, smolicy! Obama does what he wants, rubes.

Hey, what happened to that whole spiel about how leaders shouldn’t be above anything? Did President Obama forget what he had said just a bit earlier?

Ah, what’s a little thug-appeasement?! It’s just “diplomatic courtesy,” you see.

More from The Weekly Standard:

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes defended the president in comments to the press:

He said that the US government position is still to refer to the country as Burma.

He said it was a “diplomatic courtesy to refer to “Myanmar” in his meeting with Thein Sein.

“The US government position is still Burma but as we have said, different people call this country by different names.”

Just words!

Nothing to see here, move along. The press didn’t get the memo, though. They are using Myanmar.

Perhaps this is why?

Or maybe they are trying to avoid being on the receiving end of shrieks of raaaaaacist.

Weird, though. Lapdogs in the media have no qualms about refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


  • West_Coast

    Sorry to lower the bar and sound like a leftist pig, but:

    F*ck Obama and his bootlicking media

    • Burt Zerker

      Man you got to learn how to speak up, stop holding it all in and express yourself.

  • Jack Deth

    Just as Saigon will always be Saigon.
    Burma will always be Burma.

    Who the hell came up with the word ‘Myanmar’, anyway?

    Sounds like a STD. Certainly not a word to be taken seriously.

    • Pater Tempus

      So do you still refer to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia? Do you still refer to Sri Lanka as Ceylon? Do you still refer to Belize as British Honduras? Do you still refer to Guyana as British Guiana? Do you still refer to Ukraine as The Ukraine? Do you still refer to St. Petersburg as Leningrad?
      Hey…do ya still refer to Thailand as Siam? How about Istanbul as Constantinople…or even Byzantium?
      It is YOU, Jack Deth, who are certainly not to be taken seriously.

  • Andrew

    Anyone truly surprised by this? I pretty much expected it when I heard about the Obama visit.

  • John (it true me am)

    Egypt not an ally. Tel Aviv not Jerusalem. Myanmar. Next up on the hit list: Taiwan should just give up and hand over the reigns to China. Or did he say that already and I miss it? Seems like something Obama would advocate.

    • louisiana_mom

      Calls the Falkland Islands, Maldives… Hawaii is part of Asia…

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        The U.S. is a Pacific country.

      • $21367552


  • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

    Amid all the other horrible things the Obama administration is doing, I just can’t seem to get myself excited about this.

    What’s Pelosi up to today?

    • Joseph Phillips

      Facelift or something, I’m sure.

  • Burt Zerker

    All in the same vein, as when 0bama goes out his way to do a Pakistani accent when he pronounces “Pockeestan”. Libs just love affectation. Pretense is paramount with that crowd.

    • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

      Glad I’m not the only person that can’t stand “Pockeestan”.

      It’s like when Giada has to whip up an impromptu fake Italian accent any time she discusses any Italian ingredient. Except when Giada does it, it’s not nearly as insufferable. Because, well, Giada.

      • Burt Zerker

        Aaron, Yeah, that yappy Giada gets on my nerves too, but she’s harmless. The worst thing she can wreck is eggplant parm.

    • $4293354

      POPs, Pretentious Obsequious Progressives

      • Burt Zerker

        Roger that,..putting on airs is now an art form,

    • lainer51

      libs would love murder if HE embraces it..

      • CherDash

        He does embrace it, read about BAIPA.

  • irishgirl91

    Obama surrounded with security and the president of the U.S bows to the Junta and says Myanmar. Small and unprotected members of this society risk real violence to try to protect their country, Burma.

  • louisiana_mom

    The world according to Obama… No one nor nothing else matters, it’s how Obama thinks the world should be…

  • Ian Walker

    Burma, Myanmar, whatever you call it , has one of the worst human rights records on the planet. Its also the worst place I’ve ever been. Searched twice in 24hrs with a machine gun pointed at my head… nice

  • TocksNedlog

    That’s our Commamder in Chief!

    Steps on his crank WHILE bowing to a dictatorial thug.

    If he were to visit Gaza he would probably say “It’s great to be here in Palestine!”

  • soJa

    The AP disgusts me. What vile little trolls they are.

    • Kate

      They should just re-brand themselves the “Administration Press.”

      • lainer51

        or assinine

  • Joseph Phillips

    Like countries, people call Obama by different names. You know, like assclown?

  • David

    Here’s a name for this rogue regime: Murderous dictatorship

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

    Who’s the flip-flopper now?

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

    Who’s the flip-flopper now?

  • disappearing moderate

    Even in an age where we are becoming inured to Newspeak, words still matter, and in this case, “Burma” matters to those fighting an authoritarian regime which murders it’s own citizens.

  • disappearing moderate

    Even in an age where we are becoming inured to Newspeak, words still matter, and in this case, “Burma” matters to those fighting an authoritarian regime which murders it’s own citizens.