During his trip to Burma today, President Obama apparently repeatedly mispronounced the name of Democracy Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi:
AP: . . . . . 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, slightly affectionate reference that would make most Burmese cringe.
Note to presidential advisers: For future rounds of diplomacy, the president of Myanmar is President Thein Sein – on first and second reference. . . . Read More
Granted, it’s a tough name. I’m just surprised the AP pointed it out!
Here is video of President Barack Obama making his historic first visit by a U.S. President to the nation of Burma. This video shows Obama visiting renowned Democracy Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Pronounced – Ahng Sahn Soo Chee). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also along for the visit.