Political Headlines November 18, 2012: President Barack Obama Defends Myanmar Visit, ‘Not An Endorsement’ at a joint press conference with Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra





Obama Defends Myanmar Visit, ‘Not An Endorsement’

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-18-12

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President Obama Sunday defended his decision to visit Myanmar against critics who say the trip is premature, saying it’s “an acknowledgement” of the country’s democratic progress but not “an endorsement.”

“I don’t think anybody’s under any illusion that Burma has arrived, that they’re where they need to be,” Obama said at a joint press conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “On the other hand, if we waited to engage until they had achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we’d be waiting an awful long time.”

“One of the goals of this trip is to highlight the progress that has been made but also to give voice to the much greater progress that needs to be made in the future,” he said….READ MORE

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