During his remarks earlier, Pres Obama referred to Burma as Myanmar, the name used by the military junta, a name the U.S. rejects.—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 19, 2012
Policy, smolicy! Obama does what he wants, rubes.
After meeting with Burma President Thein Sein, Obama calls country "Myanmar" for the first time instead of US-government-policy "Burma"—
David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) November 19, 2012
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.”
Nothing to see here, move along. The press didn’t get the memo, though. They are using Myanmar.
Pres. Obama has touched down. First sitting POTUS to ever visit Myanmar (aka Burma). First stop: Aung San Suu Kyi's house—
Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 19, 2012
MYANMAR OBAMA 6 – President offers hand of friendship in address to people of Myanmar. On Media Port now / GVW 0930gmt.—
AP Video Alert (@AP_VideoAlert) November 19, 2012
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.
- Associated Press calls Jerusalem ‘Israel’s capital’; quickly issues correction: ‘self-declared capital’
- Wow: BBC News tweets Tel Aviv is capital of Israel, won’t recognize Jerusalem