Above: Front pages of the December 5, 2007 editions of Matichon, Daily News, Komchadluek. The Komchadluek headline reads: The Supreme patriarch of the Buddhist faith praises the King: "(He) wins the hearts of people in the world"
King calls for unity, use of bio-fuels - Bangkok Post, December 4, 2007
...This year's speech began humourously, with the king admonishing his 2-year-old grandson Dipangkorn Rasmijoti - the son of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn - for talking during the ceremony.
"He is like his father. He talks a lot," the King said of his grandson's interruptions.
The king used his recent hospitalization and difficulties walking to urge Thais to work together for the sake of the nation.
"My legs don't walk in union. I was saying the other day that the military and civilians need to be united. If we are not united, the country will face disaster..."
On a serious note, King Bhumibol used his birthday eve speech to admonish the navy for recently expressing the wish to buy a submarine, noting that submarines were unsuitable for Thailand. The Gulf of Thailand is a notoriously shallow body of water...
"No booze, sex on Thai king's birthday" - Jakarta Post, December 4, 2007