By Shawna Thomas and Catherine Chomiak
This weekend, President Obama will embark on his first trip to Thailand as president of the United States. According to the White House, while in Bangkok the president "will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations and reaffirm the strength" of alliance between the two countries. But he won't be there very long, because in what will only be a three-day trip, he's going to cram in a historic visit with Aung Sang Suu Kyi in Myanmar and participate in the East Asian Summit in Cambodia.
So what's the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to do if the leader of the free world doesn't have time to really take in the sites of Thailand? The answer: stage a series of photo ops with a life-size cutout of the president in various cultural and tourists destinations throughout the Thailand countryside.
Didn't see that answer coming, did you?
On the official Facebook Page of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok, embassy staff has posted 10 photos of President Faux-bama in front of beautiful temples in Ancient Siam. The caption:
"U.S. President Barack Obama will be visiting Bangkok over the next week. Since he cannot visit all of Thailand's provinces during his trip, we took one of his "representatives" to see examples of Thailand's beautiful monuments and historical sites."
Find the other nine photos here.