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Notorious for his tirades and for cursing during interviews and speeches, he later expressed regret for offending Obama.

He didn't offend Obama.

He insulted Obama.

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Can somebody enlighten me, what is the US president doing at a summit of Asian leaders?

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Sure.

ASEAN would not exist but for US power and leadership.

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The leaders who take back what they said in a span of a day.

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Obama is all class, dealing with this guy for the sake of his country, when you can bet he wanted to tell him right where to go, and as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, could have.

Imagine Trump as president in the same situation. He'd be calling on his generals to come up with a plan to defeat Duterte in 30 days. While calling him a son of a bitch right back.

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They chatted but they didn't hold a meeting as was originally planned.

Unfortunately for the Philippines, Duterte is a major bonehead, but they did elect him. The sad part is that Duterte could be another Ferdinand Marcos.

LBJ once remarked to one of his aides about then Philippine Pres. Marcos after meeting him for the first time back in the 60s, "Keep that S.O.B. as far away from me as possible." Or something to that effect except S.O.B. would have been spelled out and spoken loud and clear in LBJ's eloquent Texas way.

Maybe Obama can relate with LBJ on that. Unfortunately, the U.S. is forced to try and maintain good relations with the Philippines and keep it within the orbit of influence even if it does become another Marcos-style dictatorship.

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I'm curious if he apologized to President Obama in that 2 minute meeting.

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This is what happens when a country has a leader who cannot control what comes out of his mouth. We should keep that in mind this election season.

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Duterte : “You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Putangina (son of a bitch) I will curse you in that forum.”

As a clarification, Duterte is referring to reporters who are not respectful and are throwing questions at him that are not on topic.

LAST NOTE:

Here’s a little Filipino crash course.

Puta = Whore/Bitch

Ina = Mom

Putangina = Son of a Bitch / Son of a Whore

Mo = You

“Putangina” is an expression like, say, “Shit,” or “Crap” are. When “Putangina is followed by “Mo,” that is what makes it become offensive. That is when it becomes “You are a son of a bitch.”

source: http://www.liberalamerica.org/2016/09/05/we-hired-a-native-tagalog-speaker-heres-what-the-filipino-prez-really-said/

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hamletv: As a clarification, Duterte is referring to reporters who are not respectful and are throwing questions at him that are not on topic. ... http://www.liberalamerica.org/2016/09/05/we-hired-a-native-tagalog-speaker-heres-what-the-filipino-prez-really-said/

More clarification from the link:

... As a native speaker of both English and Tagalog, and as somebody who has access to the whole speech, I went on and watched the full video.

Lo and behold, my suspicions were true, the line that was cut from the video above, wherein the new President said “putangina” was not even directed to President Obama, it was directed to the reporter who, according to the President, “just threw questions and statements.”

I repeat. The “son of a whore” statement of the new President was not directed at President Obama at all.

Let me give you a rundown: ...

The next line is addressed to the reporter who asked the question, not to Obama as the media is claiming:

“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Putangina (son of a bitch) I will curse you in that forum.”

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Duterte's words were a) extremely rude, b) absolutely un-presidential, c) just stupid, after all US is the main ally against China's encroachments at the Spratleys. Duterte must get rid of his bartender's manners.

But Obama is also at fault. Why he thinks he has the right to demand explanations about the killed drug dealers? What would be the US reaction had Duterte demanded explanations about almost a thousand people killed by the US police in 2015 and about five hundred killed so far this year?

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obama handled this one like a new age community leader. Duterte gets away with insulting the US president. Obama has no wisdom.

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obama handled this one like a new age community leader. Duterte gets away with insulting the US president.

How did he get away with it? The proposed meeting was cancelled, this was simply a brief chat.

Obama has no wisdom.

He has class and diplomacy - which equal wisdom.

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Maybe this is akin to what FDR said about Somoza (pres. of Nicaragua)

Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch

and then they shook hands,,,,??

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But FDR didnt say it publicly.

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As usual something taken out of context and blown way way out of proportion!!

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Correction , President Duterte is not refereing it to President Obama, His referring to biased reporters.

YEs, he is a foul mouthed old man but he's got balls of steel,and an honest leader.His ready to die for his country, with dignity and He loves the Filipino People.

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he's got balls of steel,and an honest leader.His ready to die for his country, with dignity and He loves the Filipino People.

Gibberish.

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@hamletv

Thanks for the link and thanks @turbosat for the additional information. Unfortunately I don't think too many posters here on JT are all that interested in what was really said, in what context or to whom it was directed to. If you follow the link and read the transcript in its entirety it is pretty obvious what transpired was very different from the media spin. Go over to CNN and watch their coverage, their editing is right on par with their misinformation attempt in Milwaukee. You can't let something like the truth get in the way of a good news day.

He has class and diplomacy - which equal wisdom.

If Obama wanted to display his wisdom he would have not relied on the news media's rush for ratings as his source of information. He would have made an effort to understand what was said and in what context instead of taking CNN's word for it. And for sure he wouldn't have canceled the scheduled meeting. Taking the high road and meeting with Duterte regardless of what he thought was said would have shown a lot more class and diplomacy than getting huffy and pulling out.

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