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In India, Obama faces questions on U.S. relations with Pakistan

The president and the first lady visited India and Indonesia, part of a 10-day trip to Asia, the longest foreign trip of Obama's presidency.

Obama acknowledged that the result "requires me to make some midcourse corrections and adjustments," although he did not elaborate on what those might be. He said only that they would unfold over months and come after consultation with Republican leaders.

"I do think that one of the challenges that we're going to be facing in the United States is - at a time when we're still recovering from this crisis - how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalization?" he continued, touching on an issue at the center of his economic message to the four Asian nations he will visit on this trip.

"I think that there's going to be a tug of war within the United States between those who see globalization as a threat and want to retrench, and those who accept that we live in a open, integrated world which has challenges and opportunities," suggesting that the debate might be sharpest within his own party.

Visiting a high school

After a day talking trade and export contracts on Saturday, Obama and the first lady, Michelle, devoted their last morning in Mumbai to celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

In short, a morning of public diplomacy involved dancing.

At the Holy Name High School in an affluent Mumbai neighborhood, Obama and the first lady surveyed student projects on global warming and green villages.

Then the fun began.

The first couple entered an auditorium decorated with flowered wreaths and strings of lights. Children in vibrantly colored, traditional Indian clothes handed them candles, which they used to light the Diwali altar.

Then they sat back for a display of tightly choreographed dancing, which drew praise from the president.

When the kids beckoned the Obamas to join them, only the first lady jumped up and quickly learned the elaborate movements. The president joined her soon after, but did not prove to be the same quick study.

"Those of you who had a chance to see Michelle dance - she was moving," Obama later told the students at the town hall.

St. Xavier's College sits in the colonial center of Mumbai, a 140-year-old Gothic campus of high green-stone walls and arched windows shaded by palms.


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