Thursday, October 30, 2008

Victory Parties in Bangkok - November 5, 2008

Come and join Democrats Abroad Thailand to celebrate what will be a historic victory for Barack Obama, and for Democrats in the House and Senate, on Wednesday, November 5th in Bangkok!

There are two events that will be taking place on that day.

First, there is an invitation-only “Election Watch” event being sponsored by the US Embassy which will take place in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Erawan (Ratchadamri Road, near Chitlom Skytrain station) from 7 AM to 2 PM. DAT has negotiated and received a limited number of invitations and we are opening these up to DAT members on a first come, first served basis. DAT must provide a list of attendees to the Embassy so we need to hear from you no later than the morning of 30 October 2008. RSVPs must include the full name and email address of the DAT member (sorry, non-members cannot be accommodated) and must be sent to For those who met the deadline before our quota from the Embassy fills up, we will send you a formal invitation that you must print out and take to the Hyatt, along with photo ID (passport). DAT will have a table at the event, which will include big screens, inter-a ctive activities, and DAT give-aways (a free t-shirt every time a selected swing state is called for Obama-Biden!). Since the Embassy is also inviting senior Thai officials and civil society representatives, and other diplomats, DAT members who attend are requested to dress professionally. (Who knows, members of the royal family might attend.)

The other, less formal event is the DAT Victory Party which will be ongoing at the Roadhouse Barbecue from 9 AM and continuing all day (and evening!). Chef Dana will have breakfast ready and happy hour prices all day for DAT members and friends – so please join us any time during the day to watch the election results, hear the commentary, and celebrate the movement of American Democrats that we have built in Thailand, the US, and around the world. There is no need to RSVP for the Roadhouse event – just come along at any time – you will no doubt be able to locate us just by the cheering. The Roadhouse is located at the corner of Rama 4 and Suriwong Roads, walking distance from the Sala Daeng BTS stop. There is a map on the web site (

We look forward to seeing you, and celebrating with you, on November 5!

With best wishes,

Phil Robertson
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand
mobile: (085) 060-8406
fax: (02) 672-0592

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DAT T-shirts are available!

Americans in Thailand!

We have available the DAT "Bangkok for Barack" and "Thailand for Obama" Thai/English t-shirts – the two coolest political shirts in Thailand! In exchange for a 500 baht donation to DAT, we will give you a t-shirt! You can pick them up, or we can arrange to mail them to you. We have all different sizes (they are American sizes), please ask for the ones that you want. See some of our models (thanks to Rick Graves' niece in Seattle, my daughter Annie, DAT Treasurer Andy Boname, and Rudy Porter) wearing the shirts below!

The process for getting a shirt is one of the following. First, give us an order of the shirts you want, specifying the number of shirts, and sizes, and your contact information, including phone, email and mailing address. Send it to Khun Jaeng (jaeng 'at' and Phil Robertson at democratsabroadthailand "at"

Then you can do one of the following. You can make a deposit to the DAT bank account for the number of shirts that you want, and then send DAT the bank pay-in slip (either by fax or as a scanned document attached to an email) and we will mail you the shirt within 2 or 3 days of receiving your proof of payment. The DAT bank account is at Krung Thai Bank, account name: John Andrew Boname; account number: 009-0-09385-2, bank branch: Queen Sirikit Convention Center. If you fax the slip, please send it to the attention of Khun Jaeng, ISM Tech, fax number: 02-634-3799. If you decide to email it, please send it to Jaeng above, with a copy of your email sent to democratsabroadthailand 'at' Of course, please also make sure to include the mailing address that you want the shirts to be sent to!

Alternatively, you can call Khun Jaeng at (02) 634-3800 during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and make arrangements to visit the ISM Tech office on Silom Road (at the corner of Silom and Naradhiwat Rachakarin Roads) and pick up the shirt directly.

No shirts will be mailed until we have proof of your donation to DAT!

The money will be used to promote get out the vote efforts targeting Americans in Thailand. So you are getting a great t-shirt, showing how you feel about this election, and contributing to efforts to promote the Democratic ticket among Americans in Thailand! Thanks for your support for Democrats Abroad Thailand, and for the cause of Democrats in 2008 -- please support Obama-Biden, and Democratic candidates for US Senate and House of Representatives so that we have a working majority for reform and change in 2009 and onwards!

Best wishes,
Phil Robertson
Democrats Abroad Thailand
(085) 060-8406 (tel)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2nd Presidential Debate at the Roadhouse -- October 8 -- 6 to 8 p.m.

The next Presidential debate is just around the corner -- and DAT will be screening it on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Roadhouse Barbecue (, map on the website). We suggest that you get there by 6:00 if you want to have dinner before the debate replay starts.

Word in the US media is the McCain camp is desperate, and will be coming out mean and dirty, trying to trash Barack Obama on a personal and policy level -- and so our candidate needs your support! Come out and cheer on Barack Obama with a group of progressive Americans -- and let everyone know how you feel about this election! And come out to meet old friends and make new ones, and of course, enjoy the delicious cuisine and cold beers always on offer at the Roadhouse -- the DAT's unofficial Bangkok club house! There are more TVs and a great sound system (both which were used to great effect during last Friday's showing of the V-P debate) and plenty of room for all. Another batch of DAT's cool Thai/English Obama t-shirts will be available, along with bumper stickers and other Obama paraphernalia!

Worried about where is that absentee ballot you requested? Or not even sure that you're registered? Changing your address in Thailand and worried your absentee ballot might not catch up with you? Something else? The "vote doctors" from Americans Abroad for Obama and DAT will also be in the house -- and ready to take your questions and find solutions for problems with absentee ballots -- bring your questions, voting materials and anything else -- and they will find an answer for you!

Please RSVP if you're coming to democratsabroadthailand "at"!

Come on down and join us on October 8th, for another evening with the best Party in town -- the Democratic Party!

With best wishes, and onwards to victory in November,

Phil Robertson
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand