Presidential visit a first for Burma

Obama: U.S. a friend, work ahead

Posted: November 19, 2012 at 3:22 a.m.

President Barack Obama is presented with flowers as he and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right) arrive today at Rangoon International Airport in Rangoon, Burma.

Launching a landmark visit to long-shunned Burma, President Barack Obama said today that he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But his praise and personal attention came with an admonition to those in charge: The work of ensuring and protecting freedoms has just begun.


President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tour the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha with Chaokun Sut... (By: CAROLYN KASTER) (Credit: AP)

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