Obama stops in Asia

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The president's arrival

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama arriving at Yangon International Airport. Newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama arrived to kick off his working visit, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation in the history of Myanmar-U.S. relations on November 19, 2012

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Seeing the pagoda

US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are escorted around the grounds as they visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on November 19, 2012.  Huge crowds greeted Barack Obama in Myanmar on the first visit by a serving US president to the former pariah state to encourage a string of startling political reforms.

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Entrance to the pagoda

US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on November 19, 2012. Huge crowds greeted Barack Obama in Myanmar on the first visit by a serving US president to the former pariah state to encourage a string of startling political reforms.

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San Suu and Obama

Aung San Suu Kyi and U.S. President Barack Obama. Newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama arrived to kick off his working visit, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation in the history of Myanmar-U.S. relations on November 19, 2012

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Chat before the gala

U.S. President Barack Obama talks to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as they arrive for the gala dinner together with other head of states participating in the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh November 19, 2012

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American welcome

A Burmese teacher holds American flags as students line the streets to welcome US President Barack Obama as arrives at Yangon International airport during his historical first visit to the country on November 19, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Secret service keeps a watch

A US secret service security officer looks out from Aung San Suu Kyi's house before a brief joint press conference with US President Barack Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon, on November 19, 2012

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Air Force One arrives

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive at Yangon International Airport on November 19, 2012. 

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Cheering for the president

Local residents wave and show a banner as US President Barack Obama's motorcade drive past in Yangon on November 19, 2012.

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San Suu and Hillary listen

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton listens alongside Aung San Suu Kyi as US President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Yangon during his historical first visit to the country on November 19, 2012 in Yangon, Myanma

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A moment in history

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University of Yangon, November 19, 2012. President Obama became the first serving U.S. president to visit Myanmar on Monday, trying during a whirlwind six-hour trip to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform. 

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Respectful greetings

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, returns a greeting to Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, prior to a gala dinner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama is in Cambodia on the final leg of his three-country tour of Southeast Asia.

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Diplomatic toast

US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen toast during the Association of Southeast Asian summit dinner at the Diamond Island Convention Center in Phnom Penh on November 19, 2012.

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Full house in attendance

Members of the audience listen as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University of Yangon, November 19, 2012.

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After the speech

US President Barack Obama waves at members of the audience after speaking at the University of Yangon in Yangon on November 19, 2012