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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, waves as he embraces Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi after addressing members of the media at Suu Kyi's residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's historic Myanmar visit

In a historic breakthrough, President Barack Obama

on Nov. 19 stepped onto the soil of long-shunned Myanmar and into the

flag-waving embrace of its once repressed people. "You gave us hope," he

declared, the first U.S. president to visit what not long ago had been

an international outcast.