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Bogor, Indonesia - Obama Makes Nostalgic Trip To His Indonesia Childhood Home

Published on: June 30, 2017 12:15 PM
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/ via REUTERS Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/ via REUTERS

Bogor, Indonesia - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday in his childhood home of Jakarta on the end of a 10-day vacation in Indonesia, where they visited ancient temples and went whitewater rafting.

Local television news channels broadcast live coverage of the family’s arrival in the capital.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met Obama at the Bogor Palace in West Java, a grand Dutch colonial building about 55 kilometers (35 miles) south of Jakarta that is famous for its botanical gardens and a herd of spotted deer that roam the grounds.

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The two jumped into a golf cart with Jokowi at the wheel and headed off to a cafe nestled inside in the lush gardens.

Many Indonesians have drawn comparisons between Jokowi and Obama, who were both highly popular during their election campaigns.

After becoming president, many here viewed Obama as a native son and saw him as a symbol of hope and religious tolerance because of his years living in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

A statue of the boy still remembered as “Barry” by childhood friends was erected outside the elementary school he once attended in the capital’s upscale, leafy neighborhood of Menteng.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and former U.S. President Barack Obama (L) ride in a golf cart during their meeting at the Presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Agoes Rudianto Indonesian President Joko Widodo and former U.S. President Barack Obama (L) ride in a golf cart during their meeting at the Presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Agoes Rudianto

“This is the last opportunity for us to meet with Barry, our childhood friend who has made us so proud,” said Widianto Cahyono, who sat next to Obama in the fourth grade and is hopeful the former president will visit his old neighborhood. “We have long waited for a reunion with him.”

Obama also retains a soft spot for Indonesia, where he lived from age 6 to 10. He moved to Jakarta in 1967 after his mother split up with his father and remarried an Indonesian man. They had his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is traveling with the family.

After her second marriage failed, Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, stayed on in Indonesia and Obama returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.

During a 2010 presidential visit, he delighted onlookers by proclaiming in Bahasa Indonesia that bakso, a savory meatball soup, and nasi goreng, flavorful fried rice, are delicious. They are two of the country’s signature dishes.

Prior to arriving in Jakarta, Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia visited the resort island of Bali where they stayed in the tranquil mountain enclave of Ubud, touring sweeping terraced rice paddies and rafting the Ayung river. They then traveled to the historic city of Yogyakarta, where Obama’s mother did anthropology research, and visited Borobudur, a ninth century Buddhist temple complex, as well as the ancient Prambanan Hindu temple compound.

Obama is scheduled to speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on Saturday.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Pius ErlanggaFormer U.S. President Barack Obama visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Pius Erlangga


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 Jun 30, 2017 at 12:34 PM Bobby Says:

Hope Obumer the worst president, we do the most damage to the country stay there!

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 01:29 PM Teddybear Says:

Haak a laiben Enjoy
At long u bz with your vacation u r quiet

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 01:39 PM The_Truth Says:

Jarkarta, Indonesia? I thought his childhood home was in Kenya?!

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 02:02 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

did he visit the mosque where his step dad took him as a child? According to Islamic law he is a Muslim as his biological father was Muslim.

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for this article. I serves a few purposes. First, of course, it reminds us that we used to able to elect qualified people to the presidency.

More importantly, in my mind, it reminds us how much worse the Obama-haters verbally abused him than the Trump-haters criticize Trump. Anyone who compares the nature of the anti-Obama remarks to the nature of the anti-Trump remarks can't help notice the difference.

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 03:17 PM Teddybear Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for this article. I serves a few purposes. First, of course, it reminds us that we used to able to elect qualified people to the presidency.

More importantly, in my mind, it reminds us how much worse the Obama-haters verbally abused him than the Trump-haters criticize Trump. Anyone who compares the nature of the anti-Obama remarks to the nature of the anti-Trump remarks can't help notice the difference.

Personal everyone could do whatever they want as long it's according the law,
Media gave Obama a free pass

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 03:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for this article. I serves a few purposes. First, of course, it reminds us that we used to able to elect qualified people to the presidency.

More importantly, in my mind, it reminds us how much worse the Obama-haters verbally abused him than the Trump-haters criticize Trump. Anyone who compares the nature of the anti-Obama remarks to the nature of the anti-Trump remarks can't help notice the difference.

Also, remember the dignified and adult way that Obama dealt with his detractors?

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 03:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Has "The Donald" left work yet for this week's taxpayer-paid golf vacation? To which of his resorts are we paying him to golf at THIS weekend? How much will tab come to THIS time?

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for this article. I serves a few purposes. First, of course, it reminds us that we used to able to elect qualified people to the presidency.

More importantly, in my mind, it reminds us how much worse the Obama-haters verbally abused him than the Trump-haters criticize Trump. Anyone who compares the nature of the anti-Obama remarks to the nature of the anti-Trump remarks can't help notice the difference.

True, he was even compared to a zoo animal but kept his calm

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 06:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Thanks VIN for this article. I serves a few purposes. First, of course, it reminds us that we used to able to elect qualified people to the presidency.

More importantly, in my mind, it reminds us how much worse the Obama-haters verbally abused him than the Trump-haters criticize Trump. Anyone who compares the nature of the anti-Obama remarks to the nature of the anti-Trump remarks can't help notice the difference.

What a sicko u are, yonasonw. It is time to. Stop being a sore loser and accept that Donald trump won, thank God, and your lowlife candidate hiLIARy lost and her worthless muslim predecessor is gone too! And as far as you're ridiculously dishonest comment about how Obama was supposedly treated worse than president Trump is, you are truly proving what a sick, twisted and delusional low life you are. Just like the rest of your fellow Democrat liberals.

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 Jun 30, 2017 at 07:49 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What a sicko u are, yonasonw. It is time to. Stop being a sore loser and accept that Donald trump won, thank God, and your lowlife candidate hiLIARy lost and her worthless muslim predecessor is gone too! And as far as you're ridiculously dishonest comment about how Obama was supposedly treated worse than president Trump is, you are truly proving what a sick, twisted and delusional low life you are. Just like the rest of your fellow Democrat liberals.

a] It wasn't yonasonw who posted comment #5. It was me. You got a problem with that?

b] What was it exactly in my comment that compelled you to respond so angrily? Do you see that you and your kind are the problem here? Let's review some of the words in your comment, and whether any of them were justified or called for: 1) sore loser; 2) lowlife; 3) worthless; 4) ridiculously dishonest; 5) sick; 6) twisted; 7) delusional; 8) lowlife (again). That's a lot of anger in a single paragraph, and if you think about it, it supports the claim that I made in my second paragraph of comment #5.

So my suggestion is to look yourself in the mirror and call yourself all the bad words you hurled at me, because underneath it all what's hiding is that those words are what you are thinking about yourself. So get it out of the open, and maybe then you can start to love and accept yourself, and then afterwards learn to love and accept those around you.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 12:36 AM Dan Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

What a sicko u are, yonasonw. It is time to. Stop being a sore loser and accept that Donald trump won, thank God, and your lowlife candidate hiLIARy lost and her worthless muslim predecessor is gone too! And as far as you're ridiculously dishonest comment about how Obama was supposedly treated worse than president Trump is, you are truly proving what a sick, twisted and delusional low life you are. Just like the rest of your fellow Democrat liberals.

Agreed.

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 Jul 02, 2017 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Let the former President enjoy his vacations; he is no longer in office. Therefore, I can't understand why everyone is so upset?

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