U.S. President Barack Obama puts his hands together after the conclusion of his speech at Yangon University’s Convocation Hall in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. In a historic trip to a long shunned land, Obama on Monday showered praise and promises of more U.S. help to Myanmar if the Asian nation keeps building its new democracy. "Our goal is to sustain the momentum," he declared with pride as the first U.S. president to visit here. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
"When I took office as president, I sent a message to those governments who ruled by fear: We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your first," Obama said. "... So today, I have come to keep my promise, and extend the hand of friendship."