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?
— Cindy Cooper (@CindyCoops) November 19, 2012
— Rschrim (@Rschrim) November 19, 2012
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 19, 2012
Ah, what’s a little thug-appeasement?! It’s just “diplomatic courtesy,” you see.
Obama Calls Burma 'Myanmar' as 'Diplomatic Courtesy': President Barack Obama called Burma 'Myanmar' after a bila… http://t.co/VGALzIl8
— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) November 19, 2012
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.”
@whitecraiga WH officials say no policy signficance to Obama's reference to Myanmar. US still calls it Burma.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 19, 2012
Nothing to see here, move along. The press didn’t get the memo, though. They are using Myanmar.
President Obama makes history in Myanmar. Story: http://t.co/ar9JFQGX
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 19, 2012
— Jaime A Rodriguez (@jaimearodriguez) November 19, 2012
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 19, 2012
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
Obama arrives in Myanmar, marking 1st visit by US president to long-isolated country – @AP
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 19, 2012
Perhaps this is why?
#Obama calls Burma; Myanmar. First US President to visit Burma and he calls the country by the wrong name. Media will ignore gaffe.
— Ron Futrell (@RonFutrell) November 19, 2012
Or maybe they are trying to avoid being on the receiving end of shrieks of raaaaaacist.
@markknoller The name of the country is Myanmar.
Knoller is a racist. CBS Must correct this act!
— Bostonred (@Bostonred) November 19, 2012
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