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Obama makes historic trip to Myanmar

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi step out onto the balcony of her house to deliver a statement in Yangon, Myanmar, on November 19, 2012.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tour the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Nov. 19. Obama became the first serving U.S. president to visit Myanmar, 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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Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

"I don't think anybody is under the illusion that Burma's arrived, that they're where they need to be," Obama told a news conference as he began a three-country Asian tour, his first trip abroad since winning a second term.

"On the other hand, if we waited to engage until they had achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we'd be waiting an awful long time," he said.

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Crowds wave U.S. flags as they line a street outside the home of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as Barack Obama arrives to meet her in Yangon, Nov. 19.