When President Obama touched down in Laos on Monday, he became the first sitting U.S. president to do so.
The Asian country of about 7 million people is the last stop on Obama's Asian tour after he left the G-20 summit in China (where he was given a less-than-enthusiastic welcome).
Obama is set to push for closer economic ties to Southeast Asia, USA Today reports. But he's also expected to bring up human rights abuses in the nation and the millions of undetonated Vietnam War-era bombs still in Laos.
Legacies of War reports the U.S. dropped 2 million tons of explosives over Laos between 1965 and 1973, killing or injuring at least 20,000 people since the war ended. 80 million bombs never detonated. Many of the injured are children.
Son of a whore, I will swear at you in that forum.
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, said he will not take kindly to Obama criticizing him, despite his deadly war on drugs drawing international controversy.
Put simply, [Laos] is one of the most systematically rights abusing governments in the region.
But Laos' government has drawn its own critics, especially after activist Sombath Somphone disappeared in 2012. Some are pressuring Obama to bring up the country's record.
But given how touchy his landing in China for G-20 was, maybe Obama has gotten used to cold welcomes.