US President Barack Obama (L) and Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi make their way from a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)
President Barack Obama gave long-suffering Burmese opposition politician, Aung San Suu Kyi, a stir by greeting his much lauded Nobel Prize winning counterpart with a big kiss on the ear during a stopover visit in Myanmar.
Obama arrived at Suu Kyi’s home in Rangoon on Friday to give Myanmar’s nominally civilian government a tongue lashing over its treatment of religious minorities, and a recent ruling that will keep ‘The Titanium Orchid’ out of the next presidential race.
Suu Kyi, released four years ago after spending the better part of two decades under house arrest, cannot run for the country’s highest office due to a constitutional clause, which prohibits those with strong ties to a foreign national from running for president. Her sons are British citizens, as was her late husband. Obama threw his support behind Suu Kyi’s bid to change the constitution.
US President Barack Obama embraces Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)
“I don’t understand a provision that would bar somebody from running for president because of who their children are,” AP cites Obama as saying at Suu Kyi’s lakeside home.
“That doesn’t make much sense to me” he continued.
But it was what Obama did out of earshot of the microphone that really left an impression on Myanmar’s longstanding pro-democracy icon.
Following joint comments by the Commander in Chief and the alluring lawmaker, Obama gave Suu Kyi an awkward side hug before planting a big wet one right on her ear.
Suu Kyi, a widow of over 15 years, took the gesture with good grace.
US President Barack Obama (R) kisses Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
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