resident Obama kicked off his three-day tour of Southeast Asia on Sunday. Landing in Bangkok, Obama visited the Wat Pho Royal Monastery with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and paid a visit to ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The 84-year-old monarch was born in Cambridge, Mass. President Obama will also hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and be the guest at an official dinner before heading to Myanmar on Monday. While the Thailand visit is largely seen as "a gesture of friendship to a long-standing partner and major non-NATO ally," the Myanmar trip is really the centerpiece of Obama's tour. His visit to the "once reclusive and autocratic state that has begun instituting democratic measures" will be the first ever by a sitting U.S. president.
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