The trip marks the first-ever visit by Vietnam’s communist leader to White House.
The president announced plans for the countries to reopen embassies in their respective capitals this month.
The president formally announces plans to reopen embassies in each capital later this month.
The president hopes new-found bipartisan spirit in Washington can go beyond trade to other priorities.
“Sometimes there are days like this when that slow and steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama said.
Advisers from early in Obama’s tenure recall the work involved with several key initiatives.
The victory represents a hard-won payoff for a president who bucked his own party to land the legislation.
Clinton’s forceful foray into race relations comes three days after nine African Americans were gunned down at a Charleston, S.C., church.
For Obama, maintaining a schedule in the face of national trauma ensures progress on key priorities.
President Obama declares he has not given up on fighting back against gun violence despite political hurdles.