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Obama becomes first sitting US president to visit Laos

US President Barack Obama walks through an honor guard upon arrival on Air Force One at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, LaosBarack Obama became the first US president to visit Laos in office, touching down in Vientiane Monday for a summit of East and South East Asian leaders. Obama arrived in the capital, where the tropical rain did not prevent a large number of airport workers coming out to greet him and cheering — before being hushed by an official. The outgoing president’s visit comes decades after the United States launched a massive and secret bombing campaign in the country that lasted from 1964 to 1973.

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