President Barack Obama opened a three-country post-election trip through Southeast Asia on Sunday that is intended to highlight the increasing importance of the region for U.S. foreign policy.
President Obama first landed in Thailand to strengthen a longtime ally. He was apparently in a good mood and it showed. Giving rise to the light hearted hints that he may be flirting with Thailand’s attractive Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Prime Minister Shinawatra and President Obama were seen laughing, cheering and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also joined them who toasted to the U.S. and Thailand friendship with Shinawatra.
Obama has said during a press conference that making Thailand the first stop in his first post-re-election tour was "no accident," as he emphasized the vital importance of one of the United States' oldest allies, and of the Asia-Pacific, to the future of world security and prosperity.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have reaffirmed that Thailand and the United States will continue to cooperate in talks on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and security issues.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gave Obama a warm welcome, as Obama hailed Thailand's commitment to democracy.