The sailors in the honour guard are clearly struggling to hold back the giggles. So, what's the joke? Did Obama say something histerical? Is this a repeat of the life of Brian?
Private Tye has been reliably informed that the sailors were told two jokes. One was that the President of America's number one lapdog state had just called Obama a “son of a whore”. The other does not translate from Chinese, but has something to do with Obama coming out of the back end of a very big plane. The sailors were also told that anyone who laughed during Obama's walk-past, would face summary execution.
After China, Obama will be going to Laos, but he will not be going to Thailand because it's not a democracy.
The story from the Washington Times:
On President Obama’s final trip to Asia, his lame-duck status is showing.
Mr. Obama, who arrived in Laos late Monday night to become the first U.S. president ever to visit the Southeast Asian country, is encountering more than his usual share of friction and confrontation on his 10th trip to the region.
It started with his arrival at the airport in China, where Chinese officials failed to provide a portable staircase for Mr. Obama to disembark from the upper door of Air Force One with the typical grandiose visibility befitting a visiting head of state. Instead, the president emerged from a smaller staircase in the belly of the aircraft, and many saw it as a deliberate sign of disrespect by the Chinese.
In Laos Mr. Obama was to hold his first meeting with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, but the White House canceled it after the Philippine leader called Mr. Obama a “son of a whore” Monday.
At a news conference before flying to Laos, Mr. Duterte angrily rejected warnings by U.S. officials that Mr. Obama would confront Mr. Duterte about his country’s extrajudicial killings of drug dealers.
“You must be respectful,” Mr. Duterte said of Mr. Obama. “Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum. We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.”
Mr. Duterte was due to hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Obama on Tuesday afternoon on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. But shortly after Mr. Duterte spoke, Mr. Obama raised doubts that he would meet with him.