northanger (northanger) wrote,

America's First Pacific President

Why California? …ok! (this too). Tokyo 2009, President Obama said: As America's first Pacific President, I promise you that this Pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this vitally important part of the world (The Pivot: A new USCI documentary looking at the U.S. strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region). "[President Obama] is the nation's first Pacific president because he was born in Hawaii, lived in Indonesia for a time." {Jon Favreau, 00:44}.

googled an argument about "Who was the first Pacific President?"; then: "It seems awkward for Obama to claim that the United States and Asia are “bound” by the Pacific Ocean". President Nixon was born in California and also credited with "opening up China" in 1972. some are calling the Sunnylands Summit Mao-Nixon 2.0. here, President Xi provides insight on America's First Pacific President, by acknowledging President Obama's place of birth in the vast Pacific Ocean [China conjunct Oceana, Gemini New Moon].

why California …with this somewhat unusual setting? Sunnylands …sunshine. Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman (Louis Brandeis).

President Xi just took office in March. Our decision to meet so early, I think, signifies the importance of the U.S.-China relationship. It’s important not only for the prosperity of our two countries and the security of our two countries, but it’s also important for the Asia Pacific region and important for the world.

And the importance of this relationship in some ways is reflected with this somewhat unusual setting that we are hosting the President in. Our thought was that we would have the opportunity for a more extended and more informal conversation in which we were able to share both our visions for our respective countries and how we can forge a new model of cooperation between countries based on mutual interest and mutual respect. I think both of us agree that continuous and candid and constructive conversation and communication is critically important to shaping our relationship for years to come. President Obama, Full Remarks


Honorable President Obama, it’s my great pleasure to meet you. We’re meeting with each other earlier than people might have expected. They thought that we might have to wait until the Saint Petersburg G20 summit [5–6 September 2013] to meet with each other, but here we are. I want to thank you for your invitation, and it’s my great pleasure to meet you here at Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate.

This is a wonderful place, a place of sunshine, and it’s very close to the Pacific Ocean. And on the other side of the ocean is China. When I visited the United States last year, I stated that the vast Pacific Ocean has enough space for the two large countries of China and the United States. I still believe so. President Xi, Full Remarks [+][+]

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