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January 27, 2010

Indonesian Group Wants Obama Statue Torn Down

Indonesians, who welcomed Barack Obama as one of their own two years ago, now want a statue commemorating his Jakarta school years to be removed, a sign the U.S. president's global appeal may be waning.

Indonesian group wants Obama statue torn down



Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.

The statue of “Little Barry” — as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s — stands in central Jakarta’s Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president’s former elementary school.

Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.

“We’ve been discussing for the past two weeks what to do with the statue… whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it. We’re finding the best solution,” Jakarta parks agency official Dwi Bintarto said.

The statue of Obama as a 10-year-old was installed in Menteng park in central Jakarta in December 2009 to mark the four years he attended a local primary school there while living in Jakarta.

A month later, a campaign to pull down the statue has gathered momentum in the world's most populous Muslim nation which not so long ago embraced Obama almost as a native son.

By Wednesday, a Facebook group called Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park had attracted over 55,500 members and local newspaper the Jakarta Post this week reported the group had filed a lawsuit to have the statue removed.

"Barack Obama has not yet made any important contribution to Indonesia and, if we may say, Obama has only ever eaten and defecated in Menteng," the Facebook group's page said.

Wild Thing's comment.......

They never should have put one up in the first place.

“Barack Obama has not yet made any important contribution to Indonesia and, if we may say, Obama has only ever eaten and defecated in Menteng,” the Facebook group’s page said.

Oh my gosh! LOL

And how bout we send him back to you and he can actively destroy your country instead of ours??? We should send them the original, so that he can do something for them. No returns, though.

Menteng is a wealthy subdistrict located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. It is known as a neighborhood for bureaucrats, diplomats and the wealthy among Jakartans.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 27, 2010 05:50 AM


Heh, Heh, Heh, Heh, sorry baracky, you are a worldwide loser.

"Never Forget that Radical Islam and Political Correctness killed 14 souls at Ft. Hood Texas on 11/5/09!"

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at January 27, 2010 09:44 AM

I still think they should be looking for his records. A good place would be...say, how 'bout, his birth certificate.

Posted by: Mark at January 27, 2010 12:13 PM

Poor Barry. Nobody wants him, everybody hates him, guess he'll just have to eat some worms. I am so tired of his rhetoric that I just want to toss my cookies. He's just about as irritating as fingernails down a chalkboard.

Posted by: Lynn at January 27, 2010 01:57 PM

obama's charm is wearing off worldwide. His overtures to the Taliban and al-Queda were thrown back in his face, he pissed off the British and the French know him for the incompetant he is.

Posted by: TomR at January 27, 2010 02:30 PM

I bet he tells us tonight he is going to ask for the Churchill bust back HAH HAH :O)

Posted by: jan at January 27, 2010 05:11 PM

All right Wild Thing, my ebay bid is $1.00!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 27, 2010 08:47 PM

Posted by: Jack at January 27, 2010 09:45 PM

Darth, Hahahahahaha good one.

Jack, thanks for the video, that is excellent.

Mark, I agree, that birth certificate is not
going to go under the bus not matter how much
Obama wants it to.

Jan, Hahahahaha love it, good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 27, 2010 11:55 PM

Conservative Wake-Up Call: RINO Mark Kirk less than two weeks away from being Senate nominee.

Posted by: Jack at January 28, 2010 01:13 AM