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Obama trip to Asia light on tourism for a presidential jaunt

The White House has gone to great lengths to show that President Barack Obama isn't a lame duck. It's less worried about showing he's not a lame tourist.

Departing on Saturday on a trip that will take him to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia, the president will experience the beauty of the Turkish Riviera and bustle of Southeast Asian capitals — largely from the inside of heavily secured hotels and convention centers.

Obama's nine-day schedule leaves little room for the light sightseeing or "cultural stops" typically part of presidential travel.

There appears to be no visit through the Roman ruins at Aspendos or time to gawk at shining gold...