The MSM would have savaged George W. Bush for this.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Downtown Yangon came to a near halt Monday during President Barack Obama’s historic visit to this once pariah nation. As Obama stood next to the world’s most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. [...]

Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting.

Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate’s name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee.

[A]s the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart “President Sein,” an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would make most Burmese cringe.

Note to presidential advisers: For future rounds of diplomacy, the president of Myanmar is President Thein Sein – on first and second reference.

HT: WHD