President gets rock-star welcome in Myanmar

  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 8:01 PM

 

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Yangon on Monday, desperate for a glimpse of something no one had ever seen in their country before: a president of the United States. "O-bam-a!" the crowds chanted, waving and holding signs. President Obama drew more crowds when he visited famed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside her manicured lakeside estate, where she spent 15 years under house arrest before being elected to Parliament. The two leaders greeted each other like old friends before retreating into her home for a brief talk as onlookers shouted "Freedom!" outside her gates. Obama and Suu Kyi emerged a short time later to address a throng of international media camped out on her lawn. In his conversation with President Thein Sein, Obama referred to the nation as Myanmar, even though Suu Kyi and her supporters prefer Burma, the name used before the military takeover.

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