President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for a trip to Southeast Asia. Obama will seek to reinforce American influence in South

 

              President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012,  for a trip to Southeast Asia. Obama will seek to reinforce American influence in South
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for a trip to Southeast Asia. Obama will seek to reinforce American influence in Southeast Asia in spite of the large shadow cast by China. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)