LOL! Hillary Clinton Falls Asleep During Obama Speech In Burma…
As part of his trip through several East Asian nations, President Obama delivered a speech at Myanmar’s University of Yangon in Rangoon at about 2:30 in the afternoon, local time. The speech aired live in the U.S. at around 3 am, which is, presumably, the time clock that most American bodies were following at that time. The President spoke eloquently of the reforms that have begun to take hold in Myanmar (also known as Burma), and the work yet to be done, and while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hung in there for about the first half-hour, she eventually succumbed to what appeared to be a deep meditative state.
CNN’s cameras first checked in with Secretary Clinton about fifteen minutes into the speech, seated next to Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now a member of Burma/Myanmar’s parliament. Sec. Clinton appeared engaged, if a little bit blinky, but by the time the President’s remarks were nearing their finale, the reaction shot was somewhat more, shall we say, subdued:
Really, though, who could blame her? I don’t know a single reporter who hasn’t nearly passed out in the East Room in the middle of the day during a presidential speech. It’s drier than sandpaper in a pizza oven, and the President’s delivery can be quite lulling. I can’t imagine what it’s like to sit through one jet-lagged by a half a day.