In Indonesia, Obama is the pride of the students of the school in Jakarta where he was in class when he was little. [© Bay Ismoyo / AFP]
In Indonesia, Obama is the pride of the students of the school in Jakarta where he was in class when he was little. [Photo: Bay Ismoyo / AFP]

The Indonesian childhood of Obama

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 

Barack Obama embodies new hope for Americans and the world. The 44th President of the United States is also proud of an Indonesian school in the Menteng district of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where he was in class as a child.

In a school in Jakarta

I found on YouTube this report in Jakarta, in the school of Obama, shot at the beginning of the year 2008.

I do not tell you the pressure for these young Indonesian students ... Realize, a president of the United States has used his short pants on the same benches as they!

The classes were suspended this Wednesday morning (November 5, 2008), to allow the 250 schoolchildren to follow the electoral evening live. "Obama's example serves to motivate students to achieve success"said Senior Deputy Akahmad Solikhin.

But will Barack Obama someday, during his presidency, visit his former Indonesian school, as the principal has suggested to the children?

In Indonesia, Obama is the pride of the students of the school in Jakarta where he was in class when he was little. [© Bay Ismoyo / AFP]
In Indonesia, Obama is the pride of the students of the school in Jakarta where he was in class when he was little. [Photo: Bay Ismoyo / AFP]

Four years in Indonesia

Barack Obama lived in Indonesia for four years, from 1967 to 1971. He arrived at the age of six, his mother having remarried with an Indonesian. His friends at the time called him "Barry".

During the campaign, these former classmates made the photo below, to express their support. They even went up a fan club Obama.

photo DR

It's amusing, that sudden revival of Indonesia's love for America ... Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of course called Barack Obama to congratulate him on his victory, and said in a press conference: "I am convinced that we can improve our bilateral relations. "

Fun, too, this testimony of a deputy of the Indonesian parliament, Dewi Asmara Oetojo, who was in the same primary school as Obama when he was little: "It's just amazing! At the time, we were so young that we never imagined he had the qualities of a leader. He said, however, "I want to be president." That made us laugh ... "

And Oetojo adds that he hopes Obama will remember his youth to be "A different American president" and "To enable Westerners to better understand Asians".

My faith ... "Yes, we can! "

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Added on 21/12/2008: It is to Indonesia that Barack Obama will probably book his first official trip to a Muslim state. We will have confirmation soon.

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  1. Indonesia had an "official" craze for France ... For a young democracy, with its "weaknesses", the history of France was a path that seemed virtuous. Disappointed (!) Or not (?), Indonesia is experiencing another craze today ... Without doubt much more legitimate because they have a school desk worn by a presidential pants.

  2. Since the task that awaits Obama is immense, he could combine politics and multilateral strategy by going to his old school in Jakarta (joy of children, etc.), but also assertion of attention, even recognition of other geopolitical spheres .... It also seems that the small Japanese port of Obama is waiting for his arrival ... .so, always in the same perspective ... .A tour in Asia, from Indonesia to Japan, why not?

    Also fun to see all these people wearing an Obama Tshirt, at other times was Che guevara ...

    Anyway, yes, he can! 🙂

  3. @ Orion56: It's not only Indonesia, but the whole world who is starting to love America again ... Amazing.

    @ Lydie: Yes, from Kenya to Japan, from Honolulu to Jakarta, to Iraq, everyone succumbs to Obamania ... But it gives rise to so much hope, that disenchantment may also be great. Nevertheless, he already has a stature more "international", more open to the world, through his personal journey, than his predecessor.

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