President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for a trip to Southeast Asia, his first trip abroad since his re-election campaign. Obama will seek

 

              President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for a trip to Southeast Asia, his first trip abroad since his re-election campaign. Obama will seek
President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for a trip to Southeast Asia, his first trip abroad since his re-election campaign. Obama will seek to reinforce American influence in Southeast Asia in spite of the large shadow cast by China. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)