President Obama Visits Thailand

    US President Barack Obama (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) listen to the dean of the Faculty of Buddhism, Chaokun Suthee Thammanuwat (R), during a tour at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok on November 18, 2012. Obama landed in Thailand on November 18, intensifying his diplomatic "pivot" to Asia, on a tour which will see him make history by visiting Myanmar in a bid to encourage political reform. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newly elected, will travel. On Sunday in Thailand, Barack Obama kicked off his first presidential trip abroad since rewinning the office. It’s the first of three Asian nations the president will visit, including Burma and Cambodia. The looming fiscal cliff and the possibility of an expanded conflict in the Gaza Strip cast a dark cloud over the trip, however. The United States has sought to expand its influence in Asia as China has begun to exert an increasing presence in the region.

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