Obama Makes History In Laos, Cancels Meeting With Duterte05:24
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) listens to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo while heading for a plenary session during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on Sept. 6, 2016. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) listens to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo while heading for a plenary session during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on Sept. 6, 2016. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama is the first sitting president to visit Laos. Speaking there today, he said the U.S. has a moral obligation to help the southeast Asian nation heal from its war wounds. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. conducted a covert bombing campaign in Laos and thousands of unexploded bombs still litter the countryside.

Obama also was scheduled to meet with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte today, but canceled that meeting after Duterte made a slur against Obama.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with De La Salle University professor Richard Heydarian about how people in the Philippines are reacting to the cancellation.

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Richard Heydarian, professor of political science at De La Salle University in Manila. He tweets @richeydarian.

This segment aired on September 6, 2016.

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