Sunday, November 18, 2012

Obama Goes Philosophical in Thailand


President Obama is travelling in Asia this week, with stops in Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Cambodia.

He's been there almost 24 hours now and hasn't insulted or offended anyone, unlike Mitt Romney on his last world tour. /snark

CNN Political Ticker
"I always believe in prayer. I believe in prayer when I go to church back home," Obama said at a press conference in Bangkok. "if a Buddhist monk is wishing me well, I’m going to take whatever good vibes he can give me to try to deal with some challenges back home."

At a stop earlier in the day, Obama jokingly told a monk, "We're working on this budget; we're going to need a lot of prayer for that."

At Sunday's press conference with Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Obama also expressed confidence about a fiscal deal, drawing on the democracy theme.

"Democracy's a little messier than alternative systems of government, but that's because democracy allows everybody to have a voice," Obama said. "That system of government lasts, and it's legitimate. And when agreements are finally struck, you know that nobody's being left out of the conversation - and that's the reason for our stability and prosperity."

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