Obama Praises Vietnamese Youth in Personal Exchange

May 25, 2016 7:52 AM

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U.S. President Barack Obama said interacting with young people during his three-day visit to Vietnam makes him optimistic about the country's future. In some remarkably personal exchanges with young audience members at a town-hall style event in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday, he confessed that he was not always very serious in his youth.

The president spoke to some 800 members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Network, who welcomed him enthusiastically with loud cheers, American flags and a standing ovation. YSEALI is Obama’s signature program, launched in 2013, to strengthen leadership development and network...

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