This freaky mural welcomed Obama to Burma today.
Obama’s historic speech in Burma today was met with tepid applause.
It was a letdown.
US President Barack Obama’s speech at Rangoon University on Monday earned mixed reactions, with some of his audience praising his “practical” understanding of Burma’s needs, while others found his words less than inspiring.
Thant Myint-U, a US-born Burmese historian, said he thought the 30-minute speech did a good job of emboldening the Burmese to overcome the obstacles that lie ahead. Noting the long neglect of Burma’s education system, he added that Obama’s choice of venue was particularly apt.
Ma Thida, a writer and editor, also appreciated the US president’s message on education and other challenges facing the country, but was less impressed with his delivery.
“He emphasized the importance of education and the role of the citizen. I liked that, because that’s what we really need here,” she said.
She noted, however, that the speech didn’t get much applause. “Maybe it’s because people were so tired after waiting for him for nearly three hours,” she said, adding that compared to other speeches she’s seen Obama give, this one was “just average” and “not very inspired.”
During his historic visit Barack Obama repeatedly mispronounced democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s name.
Of course, the Obama-media will give him a complete pass on this.