Hillary Clinton falls asleep during Obama speech in Myanmar, some observers say (Video)

By on Nov 22, 2012 in Asia, International, Politics Comments

Updated: December 16, 2012 11:00 a.m.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton falls asleep while sitting in front as part of the audience as US President Barack Obama is making his speech in Myanmar on Monday, November 19, 2012. This is what some observers are saying when they saw in the live CNN video, as shown in the video below.

Clinton falls asleep Obama speech

(Center) Hillary Clinton “falls asleep” during Obama
speech in Myanmar (November 19, 2012)

Image Credit: CNN video

As shown at CNN that day, President Obama visited Myanmar (also known as Burma), and praised the courage of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on his speech. Mrs. Clinton was spotted sitting beside her as they listen to Obama‘s speech, nodding but later appeared to be sleeping.

“So today, I’ve come to keep my promise and extend the hand of friendship.” President Obama said on his speech at University of Yangon in Rangoon, at around 2:30 in the afternoon (local time.), which is about 3 a.m. in the US. This is the first time that a sitting US president has ever visited Myanmar and Cambodia.

“When I took office as President, I sent a message to those governments who ruled by fear. I said, in my inauguration address, ‘We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.'” Mr. Obama added, who also met with Myanmar President Thein Sein earlier.

“That’s why I’m here. That’s why I came to Rangoon. That’s why what happens here is so important, not only to this region but to the world, because you’re taking to the journey that has the potential to inspire so many people.” The president said later, with the CNN camera showing Mrs. Clinton with her eyes closed.

Apparently, some observers went to Twitter and posted their comments about the so-called “Clinton falls asleep” video. Some of them noted that Obama‘s speech is worth the sleep, while others defended Secretary Clinton, saying the she may be tired and find it hard to adjust with the different time zone in Myanmar.


Hillary Clinton “falls asleep” while President Obama is making his speech in Myanmar
Video Credit: 24BBC1/YouTube/CNN



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