Double Christmas Gifts for Obama

The US President Barack Obama got actually two prizes in the same day on Thursday (10/12). In Oslo, Norway, he received the Nobel Peace Prize as an adult and in Jakarta, Indonesia, he got his childhood statued.

Photo by Sasha

This is another evidence of what I said in the end of my previous post President Idol. We tend to hate our own head of state and over-treat the others. Unfortunately, BBC Three has only The World’s Strictest Parents show which sends teenagers abroad to live with other family. It hasn’t come up with an idea of swapping presidents.

Supporters of the president unveiled a bronze statue of him as a young school boy at Menteng Park. The “Barry Dreams Come True” action figure stands only a stumble away from the school he used to attend as a kid.

“The statue is not for an individual cult nor is it for political

motivations, it’s more to motivate younger generations of Indonesians,” said Sylvina Murni, the Central Jakarta Mayor, as quoted by Reuters. “Who knows, there could be another child from this country who can be a world leader.”

Are students from the same elementary school motivated by the US 44th president? “I do not want to be like Obama, I want to be a general,” said a schoolboy attending the ceremony to Reuters.

Obama spent four years of his childhood in the neighborhood when his mother married her Indonesian husband in the 1970s.

Non-Indo statue

As long as I’m concerned, the US$10,000-worth statue is the first one of foreign person in public places in Jakarta. Even of six presidents of Indonesia only one whose statue is placed in a public place, the founding father Soekarno. However, the Obama statue doesn’t picture him as a president instead of a child and the mayor guarantees no public tax involved in the building.

It’s expected that Obama will be requested to have a look at it when he visits Indonesia in 2010. Blaming on the postponement of the state visit, there will be a longer list of side events waiting for his appearance. His then-school wants to be peeped. His step big-family wants him to share nostalgia in his then-house.

It’s expected too that the experience in his planned visit won’t be much different from what he had in Oslo when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Demonstration is undoubtedly.

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