Obama to Visit India Next Year

It’s 12:05PM ET.

We’re watching the White House press briefing of our President Barack Obama and our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Obama said that he’s accepted Singh’s invitation to visit India next year.

Unless you are hiding under some rock, y’all know that Manmohan Singh is visiting the U.S. now.

Obama is hosting the first state dinner of his presidency for Manmohan Singh this evening.

No, we’re not attending. We declined the invitation because we’d like to watch Kandukondein Kandukondein today. 😉

Manmohan Singh is speaking now. Fellow needs to improve his accent.

Responding to a question from an Indian journalist, Singh said he’s hopeful that the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal will be operationalized ‘without much further loss of time.’

“I’m very satisfied with the outcome of my discussions with President Obama,” Singh said at the press conference.

9 Responses to "Obama to Visit India Next Year"

  1. boopalanj   November 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    it’ll be operationalizationingated without much soon further any more loss of time 😉

    Singh speaks in a typical Indian accent. [You and I should thank god for Lalu has not become a PM yet. No question of Accent (even language) there]

    You should have watched Balakrishna’s conversation in English. [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94RMuyZT44g&feature=related ] Or Vijayakanth’s English [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxQt8WDpIpM&feature=related ].

    A typical telugu ‘onnu’, ‘twovu’, ‘threeu’… / ‘dooru lockedu’ kinda thing.

    Tamils mostly end their (interrogative) sentences with ‘ah?’. Like “Did n’t you eat?” will be said “You did not eat ah?”.. And some people (prominently people from north) would end their sentences with “na” for the same interrogative forms. [“I have to do it, na?”].

    These words normally replace the question tags ‘Isn’t it?’, ‘aren’t you?’, etc and are resulted by the exact translation of native language forms. Here is the interesting article on Indian English [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_English ] You would have come across this one, I believe.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    With Manmohan Singh, it’s not just the Indian accent. After all, Indian accent is not unfamiliar to us. 😉 Some Americans occasionally have difficulty following us.

    In Manmohan’s case, it’s also the fumbling and lack of smooth flow. At the press conference, Manmohan Singh struggled with the phrase dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

    Hard to believe this fella was an Economics teacher for several decades.

    Some of the Pakistani politicians we’ve seen on TV here are quite suave. Except Shashi Tharoor (very good and smooth flow), most Indian politicians need to improve their communication skills in English if they intend to address a global audience.

    BTW, A.R.Rahman is supposed to perform at the cultural program at the White House state dinner this evening.

  2. boopalanj   November 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Secondly, his body language. He tries to behave very humble in front of world leaders, and he becomes a cat himself in front of Madam Sonia.

    To think he is the prime minister of world’s biggest democracy, representing a billion.

    Recently Forbes released a list of 67 powerful people in the world. [why 67 – one for every 100 million population in the planet]. Google founders in fifth, Gates in 10th, Pope in 11th, etc.

    Meek Manmohan is in 36th place. Interestingly, followed by Osama Bin Laden at 37th. 🙂


    Undoubtedly Obama held the first position, followed by Chinese President Hu, and Vladimir Putin.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We doubt that Obama really is the most powerful man in the world. He can’t even get his way with the Democratic majority Congress here.

  3. mihi_rex   November 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    so when can we expect the review of Kandukondein Kandukondein?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Hey, we just got the DVD today. We plan to start watching in about 40 minutes (it’s 18:32 ET now).

    2hrs-38 min long, according to the Netflix sleeve.

    Review later tonight or tomorrow.

  4. krish   November 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Watching the press conference.

    It is embarrassing to watch Singh talk, as he fumbles and gropes for words.

    Even Singh’s body language too is meek and submissive. It is a contrast to the suave and articulate Obama.

    Having said that I guess no other country including US has a better captain to steer the economy in the current crisis.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Between Obama and Manmohan Singh, we wouldn’t opt for both.

    No significant achievement on either side save reaching the top.

  5. pippa   November 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    How typical! Gimme a nicely rounded Malayalam accent or a flowy Tamil accent or a sing song Kannada accent over an Indian born, Indian bred H1 visa’s fake American accent, any day!

    awesommeeeeee@ Obama visiting India.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Forgot your medications today?

  6. pippa   November 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I love that Obama acknowledged India’s was the first state visit he hosted and it was fitting that it was so.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: I love that Obama acknowledged India’s was the first state visit he hosted

    Obama is basking in your acknowledgment and admiration.

  7. krish   November 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “No significant achievement on either side save reaching the top.”

    Thats not entirely true. Did you forget Amrita singh 😉

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Hey, get your spelling right.

    Manmohan Singh’s beti is Amrit Singh. The only Mard of Manmohan Singh’s family.

    The Bollywood ‘Mard’ babe is Amrita Singh. Note the extra ‘a’ in the latter girl oops budiya.

    Amrit Singh went to Cambridge, Oxford and Yale Law School.

    Amrita Singh likely graduated from the belly dancing school (Source: Wiki).

    2. BTW, here are a few stories the SI blog has done on the Mard in Manmohan Singh’s family:

    Manmohan Singh’s Daughter Nails Bush Lies on Torture

    PM’s Daughter Amrit Singh Attacks White House, Again

    Manmohan Singh’s Daughter Amrit Singh Forces America to Release Torture Photos

    Obama Turns Pussy on Torture Photos; Go Get ‘Em, Amrit Singh

  8. guruji   November 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Did you notice that Obama referred to the Indian PM as “Mohammed” Singh during the toast at yesterday’s state dinner? Comical 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, missed it.

    Was busy ogling Ash and Tabu in Kandukondein Kandukondein.

    Will watch the YouTube version later today.

  9. boopalanj   November 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Did not quite get this.

    “How typical! Gimme a nicely rounded Malayalam accent or a flowy Tamil accent or a sing song Kannada accent over an Indian born, Indian bred H1 visa’s fake American accent, any day!”

    What is it?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Sarcasm. 😉

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