White House Press Pool latest from Thailand

Subject: Pool report #6

Bangkok, Thailand

Seven Thai men dressed in matching blue uniforms scrambled to lay down long red carpet leading from plane's steps to the Beast, past greeters and about 42 "military guards of honor," who lined either side of the carpet.

At 3:15 pm, Potuss walked down the stairs, and was handed a traditional Thai floral garland, small enough to hold in two palms. He handed it to a woman, who appeared to be with US embassy, for safe-keeping.

His greeters were:

Chief of Protocol of Thailand              
Mr. Chakarin Chayabongse, who along with another unidentified man walked him down the line, introducing POTUS to the others.
                                               
Ambassador of the United States of America
 
Privy Councilor                   
General Surayud
                                                         
Deputy Prime Minister
His Excellency Mr. Pongthep Thepkanjana
 
The Minister-in-Attendance
His Excellency Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong
 
Ambassador of Thailand to the United States
of America
His Excellency Dr. Chaiyong Satjipanon
 
Military Officer attached to the POTUS
Major General Thiwa Penketgon
 
Representative of Don Mueang Airport
Mr. Somchai Sawsdeepon, Acting President
Mrs. Paranee Vatanotai, General Manager
 
Protocol Officials, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
 
Officials of the Embassy of the United States
of America

At about 3:20 pm, motorcade rolled at high rate of speed through modern city down cleared highway. 


Laura Meckler
The Wall Street Journal
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