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Bo, Obama Dog, Is Newest Diplomacy Weapon

Bo Obama Diplomacy

By ERICA WERNER   11/18/11 06:14 AM ET   AP

BALI, Indonesia -- President Obama and Myanmar Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi apparently share a common bond: a love of dogs.

Obama called the pro-democracy leader from Air Force One as he traveled to Bali for a summit of East Asian nations, and outlined his plans to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Myanmar next month to promote reforms there.

Senior administration officials said the two leaders had a "very substantive discussion" and then tossed reporters a bone: Suu Kyi asked Obama about Bo, his family's beloved black-and-white Portuguese water dog.

During the conversation, Suu Kyi told the president that she has her own dog. No word yet on whether the two pooches plan to hold a diplomatic frolic on the South Lawn.

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Obama was ready to highlight a deal that would bring Boeing airplanes to an Indonesian company and generate tens of thousands of jobs back home.

But first he had to open the door to overseas trade – literally.

As Obama and a half-dozen executives with Boeing and Lion Air were getting ready to discuss the deal, they were delayed when the door to the hotel ballroom was locked. The president and others pulled at the doors, prompting a Secret Service agent to jump up and open the door.

"How embarrassing!" Obama said as they were walking in.

After entering the room, Obama watched the executives ink the deal on a table adorned with replica Lion Air planes on stands. Another win for an open door on trade.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L) and Northern Territory Administrator Sally Thomas (L) smile as US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at RAAF Darwin during the second day of his 2-day visit to Australia on November 17, 2011 in Darwin, Australia. The US President flew to Darwin to lay a wreath at the USS Peary Memorial, and visit the RAAF base, where US Army Air Force units were established during World War II. (Getty)



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