Footage showing the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dozing in the middle of President Obama's speech in Myanmar Monday, and actually falling asleep briefly, has emerged online.
For Hillary to fall asleep during an Obama speech, after having weathered storms of many jet lag experiences in countless foreign trips, she must have been afflicted by the "mother of jetlags" this time. And It was supposed to be another of those rousingly inspiring Obama speeches at the University of Yangon!
The president was offering remarks about the former military dictatorship, and saying: “You’re taking a journey that has the potential to inspire so many people," when, according to The Examiner, Clinton began counting sheep.
Sitting next to to the Burmese National League for Democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, wasn't enough to stop her from enjoying a brief snooze. But Hollywood Gossip puts the blame on POTUS: "Obama does kinda tend to drag these things out sometimes."
He sure does. We may recall that in April 2011, while Obama droned endlessly about the national debt, his Vice President Joe Biden, found it advisable to take a quick nap detour to Nirvana.
Ninemsn also recalls that in June 2010, a high school student was filmed actually sleeping on his feet while Obama gave an "inspirational" speech to kids at a Michigan high school.
Images of Clinton sleeping circulated widely on Twiiter and Facebook, with many excusing Clinton and conceding that her official schedule is probably the busiest for any US state official. She helped to broker an Israel-Hamas cease-fire 48 hours later. Ninemsn reports a Twitter user ascribed her success with Israel and Hamas to the snooze opportunity Obama's windy speech afforded:
"Finally some peace in Gaza. Good work Sen. Clinton. Good to know those extra Zzzzz during the POTUS' speech paid off."
Another user tweeted in support:
@hounddoggy7:"Oh please, she works hard, probably has severe jet lag, and looks to have a cold judging by the wiping of her nose... So what, she fell asleep momentarily - har har. Leave her alone."The Examiner reports this may be Clinton’s last trip as the United States’ Secretary of State in Obama's administration. She is stepping down from the position.