Barack Obama's Myanmar Speech Layered With Popular Appeal

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - President Barack Obama's speech at the University of Yangon was the first time he has spoken directly to the people of long-closed Myanmar. He told them about freedom and the importance of finding strength in diversity, but, for some, the more significant message came from what he did, not what he said.

Obama is the first foreign leader President Thein Sein has met in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, rather than in the capital, Naypyitaw. The government says the location was chosen for logistical reasons, but many cheered Obama's decision to speak Monday at the University of Yangon, a place brimming with opposition history and personal memories for many in the audience, rather than sequester himself with top leaders in the empty, soulless capital built by the former military regime in 2006.

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