President Obama meets Thai King

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  1. estnet
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    Youtube video (from Richard Barrow's tweets)



    quite amazing - videos are pretty self explanatory but audio is in Thai - can someone translate and summarize?
     
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    The Thai King is allowing President Obama and Co. access to Thai's First Class Lounge at BKK Airport. The President said he looks forward to experiencing such a lounge since the ones in the United States are horrible. President Obama then showed the Thai King pictures of all the past Presidents in the airport lounges in the U.S.


    Just kidding.
     
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    My thai is kinda rusty but

    Right now its 4:13pm
    The King is in a meeting room on the 14th floor of a Hospital to meet Obama & his guests
    The Prime Minster of Thailand & Honored Guests of America meet & pay there respect to the King
    President of the USA likes the relationship they have with Thailand in the past 60yrs that past.
    Happy that the King has guided his country to posterity in the past years.
    The King congrats him for winning the election and happy for their close relationship.
    ... ... something about the Middle East
    Obama presents a photo album w/pictures that the King has taken with all the past US Presidents Dwight , Lydon Johnson, Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Reagen, George Bush Bill, Clinton, the other Bush
    The King gave the President a 3 volume book set of ... ... & a royal silk scarf for Michelle Obama
     
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    Many thanks :) I was wondering why a book of Presidents but now it makes sense!
    Nice to see that the king can be up for a bit, his health has been pretty precarious afaik
     
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    Supposedly there is talk whether to let him go or keep him on as a symbolic vegetable. While my prose contains some humor there is a modicum of truth to it.
     
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    if he goes ... Thailand is gonna be a mess.
     
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    Yup... with the subsequent entrant of the current puppetmaster who's name starts with T (to use a common ploy by the ruling party).
     
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    Here is another photo of President Obama with H. Clinton and a monk sharing a joke and laughing during their Wat Po visit :)
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    sounds like the wats are HUGE money makers! kind of makes all the making merit collections and ceremonies in a different light when this one Wat is making megabucks (i think it was calculated at over 500000 USD a month foe this ONE WAT!!
     
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    Only the ones that charge cover ... Wat Arun across the river charges half what Wat Po charges, THB 50.
     
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    I cant seem to figur out how to paste the section giving the figures, but if 1 wat gets 500k and there are multiple (even with a lower cost and lower visitors) the amounts are staggering! no wonder they can build so many new ones;)

    BTW only foreigners are charged, even ones who live in Thailand and speak Thai.
     
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    I understand the adulation for King Bhumibol. His range of accomplishments is impressive for anyone, let alone a monarch. When I lived in Pattaya many years ago (when it was a fishing village) The King had a residence near Pattaya and he often sailed, allegedly in a sailboat he himself built. I often wonder if The King and Bill Clinton played a saxophone duet.:)

    Sadly, one cannot say such laudatory things about the Crown Prince.
     
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    They do provide many public services, especially to the indigent. While I would not want to defend this too forcefully, it basically seems fine to me to charge non-Thais for their touristic activities. I often contribute to building maintenance funds for other religious buildings I visit, and I see this as little different.
     
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    Ahhhh, but one CAN say nice things about the princess;)
     
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    I don't know about playing the sax with Bill Clinton, but you see his photos everywhere doing so at various events.
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    Here is a 1996 photo of the King playing the Sax with Benny Carter in Bangkok​
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    King & Queen of Thailand with a different kind of King 1960​
     
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    I will leave the photo captions up to you guys! ;)
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    She's nicer than her brother.
     
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    Yes, much nicer ...

    I thought you were gonna say: Obama discovers why it’s called ‘Land of Smiles' :D
     
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    While I agree with this to some extent, eg Ayuthaya, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, I refuse to enter the Grand Palace, the new Museum Siam and a few other places. The cost differential is 400 (vs 0) and 300 (vs 100) respectively. That I cannot condone or participate in.
     
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    I protest rarely, and I also favor having tourists pay, but I certainly understand your point of view. It is a good thing that we're not all the same.
     

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