Upon arival, President Obama even performs a ritual with the aide of Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.
"For too long, the people of this state, including ethnic Rakhine (Rakhine Muslims, considered by the Burmese to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh), have faced crushing poverty and persecution. But there's no excuse for violence against innocent people," Obama preeched to the audience at Yangon University.
Aides said Obama was determined to lock in the democratic changes under way in Myanmar, but would press for further action, including the freeing of all political prisoners. In response, authorities began releasing dozens more political detainees on Monday, including Myint Aye, arguably the most prominent dissident left in its gulag.
Tens of thousands of well-wishers, including children waving American and Burmese flags, lined Obama's route from the airport after his arrival, cheering him as he went by.
In his Yangon speech, he appealed to North Korea to take a similar path as Myanmar stating,
"To the leadership of North Korea, I've offered a choice: let go of your nuclear weapons, and choose the path of peace and progress. If you do, you'll find an extended hand from the United States of America.”