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Barack Obama represents a new hope for Americans and the world. The 44th president of the United States is also the pride of an Indonesian school in the Menteng district of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where he attended classes as a child.
I don't want to tell you the pressure for these young Indonesian students... Imagine, a president of the United States wore out his shorts on the same benches as them!
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 us well in motivating students to achieve success."said Senior Deputy Akahmad Solikhin.
But will Barack Obama ever, during his presidency, visit his former Indonesian school, as the principal suggested to the children?
Four years in Indonesia
Barack Obama lived in Indonesia for four years, from 1967 to 1971. He arrived there at the age of 6, his mother having remarried to 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.
It's funny, this 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 declared, in a press conference "I am confident that we can improve our bilateral relationship."
Funny, too, this testimony from an Indonesian member of parliament, Dewi Asmara Oetojo, who went to the same elementary school as Obama when he was a child: "It's just amazing!At the time, we were so young that we never imagined that he had the qualities of a leader. But he said, "I want to be president. That made us laugh..."
And Oetojo added that he hopes Obama will remember his youth to be "a different American president" and "to allow Westerners to better understand Asians"..
My faith ... "Yes, we can!"
Added 21/12/2008 : It is to Indonesia that Barack Obama will probably reserve his first official trip to a Muslim state. We will have confirmation soon.