This is a historic first for the Lao American community. President Obama visiting Laos and speaking to the Lao people. It also is a first because it brings Lao Americans from being an invisible minority to a visible minority in America as well. It goes to show that Lao Americans are living in America and President Obama simply elevated the Lao American community and Laos as well. Even as a Lao American myself, I am glad that Obama raised the profile of Laos and the Lao American community.