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Obama Statue Removed From Jakarta Park

From a brokenhearted Associated Press:

Barack Obama statue removed from Jakarta park


January 15, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Authorities removed a statue of Barack Obama from a park in the Indonesian capital due to a public backlash and moved it Monday to a nearby elementary school that the U.S. president attended as a child.

The bronze statue, inspired by a childhood photograph of a 10-year-old Obama in shorts with a butterfly perched on an outstretched thumb, had been targeted by critics since it was erected in the Jakarta park last December. Detractors argued that an Indonesian hero should have been honored instead, noting that Obama still could pursue policies that hurt Indonesia’s interests.

Don’t these “detractors” realize that Mr. Obama is a citizen of the world and thereby also the President of the world, including little Indonesia?

Obama, whose American mother married an Indonesian after divorcing his Kenyan father, went to school in the capital from 1967 to 1971 and is regarded fondly by most Indonesians.

Edi Kusyanto, a teacher at the affluent government school Obama attended, said the 43-inch (110-centimeter) statue would be standing in the school grounds by the time the president visits Jakarta from March 20-22.

"There is no controversy about the statue being here. Everyone at the school welcomes it," Kusyanto said.

The statue was erected with private funds raised by the Jakarta-based nonprofit group Friends of Obama Foundation, but Jakarta Gov. Fauzi Bowo is paying for its relocation.

Ron Mullers, an American living in Jakarta who came up with the idea for the statue and raised money for it, declined to say whether he thought moving it was an overreaction.

So it wasn’t even an idea from an Indonesian.

"It’s a beautiful statue and it had become a tourist attraction," Mullers said.

"My feeling is that the park is a place where more Indonesian people can see it," he said.

Still, he said he was happy that the statue might inspire the school’s students to follow their dreams.

Heru Nugroho, leader of a Facebook campaign to remove the statue, welcomed the move but added that the decision had taken too long. He said he would now drop court action seeking the statue’s removal.

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population and many here believe Obama will improve relations with the West.

Mr. Obama will improve Muslims relations with the West just as soon as he is done lowering the sea levels.

By the way, we thought Islam forbade the creation of craven graven images of any animate creature. Where was the outrage at making the statue of a Messiah man?

Or perhaps that was the real reason for the outcry, and we just aren’t being told about it.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Obama Statue Removed From Jakarta Park”

  1. misanthropicus says:

    Anticipative PhD at Notre Dame –
    Anticipative Nobel Prize –
    Anticipative bronze statue –
    Opossum – office of the elected US president –
    Bronze statue in Indonesia commemoratting Obama’s childhood years there (and his Indonesian citizenship, as well) –

    Outlandish, anticipative paeans issued by a fawning media well before the Obama’s instauration, for an incoming, transformational presidency –
    Standing in thoughtful pose by Lincoln’s statue, opportunity for fawning photographers to take then spew photos anticipating the gread deeds yet to come –

    And countless, countless other air compressors pumping air in this enormous, grotesque, bloated shape hovering over America –

    It’s the time for the North Koreans to come here and learn new ways of praising mister Kim –
    Yes we can –

  2. Proof says:

    Not meaning to poke the bear (well. maybe just a little!) isn’t the fact that they are building statues to Obama in Indonesia as if he were a native son enough to even rouse a little curiosity about the status of his citizenship? I’m just sayin’…

    • VMAN says:

      Whether he is a citizen or not isn’t the question. The question is whether his heart is truly American which it is NOT.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I have always maintained that when statues of a person still living are erected, that person is of no value.

    Used to be in the US, that much time would pass before a likeness was constructed, aside from painting a portrait or taking a photograph for obvious reasons.

    When you look at the likes of 20th century dictators, or even dictators throughout history, it’s a dead-nuts indicator of how bad they really are by counting the number of statues there are of them while they are still living.

    • Petronius says:

      Good points, Rusty.

      But rather than a graven image or similar likeness, Liberal taste demands that Nerobama should be represented by a work of modern art, such as a pile of twisted metal, a heap of soiled rags, or perhaps a yellow-stained canvas, partly shredded, and splattered with red blotches.

      The destruction of beauty, order, and civilization is, after all, the one significant achievement of Liberalism.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, it’s completely unscientific and based only on my own observations and opinion. When you look at Iraq, and the Saddam Hussein statues that were all over the place….well…that got me to thinking. And most people of note who are humble, really prefer NOT to have a statue of themselves erected.

      Now, I know there’s a green someplace where an artist has created a statue of every president, living or otherwise. I don’t count that since the display is of a general nature toward all presidents. But singular statues irritate me even if I’m a fan of the likeness if that person is still alive. Time is supposed to be the judge of greatness. One must give the fondness an opportunity to fade.

      I know there’s a statue of George H W Bush in the Intercontinental Airport in Houston. I don’t care for it. Not the likeness, but that it was created at all while he’s still around. Not saying anything about Bush 1 being good, bad or otherwise. It just goes against my grain.

      But again, when you look at dictatorships, you can usually find ridiculous homages to the “fearless leader” without much effort. However, I’m not so sure if that works for Kim Jong Il, Castro, Achhh-I-need-a-job or El Guappo. I could go look but right now, I’m comfortable in my ignorance.

  4. artboyusa says:

    I was on my way to Arlington to water Ted Kennedy’s grave with my tears but I still found time for …“Barack Sings the Blues”! an “ONLY IN AMERICA: the Legend of Barack Obama” Special!

    Kevin Shitt, Special Assistant to the President, pushed the door open and peered inside. From the darkened recesses of the White House broom closet there came a low, emotive sound, a tragic lament of disappointment and loss:

    “Once I built a railroad, I made it run,
    Made it race against time.
    Once I built a railroad, now it’s done —
    Buddy, can you spare a dime?
    Once I built a tower, up to the sun,
    brick and rivet and lime.
    Once I built a tower, now it’s done —
    Buddy, can you spare a dime?” crooned the mysterious voice.

    “Hello? Who’s there?” called Kevin. “Hello?”

    “Buddy, can you…Oh. Itsh you” slurred the slender figure slumped below the window, washed in moonlight. “Hi Kev – whatsh up?”

    “Mr President! Are you okay?”

    “Never better”. The slouched progressive raised his chin in a feeble echo of his usual Mussoliniesque facial disposition but Kevin could see the tears which streaked his oddly narrow face. “Wanna drink?” The president proffered a bottle of Night Train in a paper bag to the astonished lackey.

    “Um, no thanks” stammered Kevin, eyeing the empty bottles which littered the floor.

    “Whatsa matter? Don’ you wanna drink wimme? You think you’re better than me or shumthin’?”

    “Um, no sir. I’m, er, a teetotaler”.

    “Tea bagger? Yeah? It’s cause I’m black isn’t it?”

    “No sir, Mr President! You’re 100% post racial sir! But sir, we’ve been looking for you everywhere. You’re supposed to be speaking at a rally in Hamburger Helper PA in half an hour. The tame media, the trained crowd – everything’s all set!”

    “Screw ‘em” belched the president.

    “Sorry, Mr President?”

    “I said screw ‘em. Let Biden do it. I’m tired. Wanna take a nap”.

    “Vice President Biden can’t do it, Sire. He’s still confined to that giant hamster ball because of his mange condition”*.

    “Oh, right” muttered Obama, glugging another mouthful of fortified wine. “Whatever”.

    “The people want YOU, Sire. They want President Obama!”

    “No, they don’t Kev. Look at those pollsh: look at ‘em! Forty four percent approval rating. Syphilis is more popular than me! Even the Indonesianarians don’t love me any more. I should be milesh ahead by now –milesh ahead – but I ain’t. No sirree. Except in Kenya: I could be Preshident of Kenya anytime I want… or France”. Obama sighed deeply. “Itsh bad, Kev – Walter Mondale bad”.

    Kevin Shitt stood frozen with horror. Obama lowered his head and began to croon again:

    “Say, don’t you remember they called me Al,
    It was Al all the time.
    Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal —
    Say, buddy, can you spare a dime?”

    “Mr President – don’t do this!” implored Kevin Shitt. “We can still win – yes we can! You just have to believe!”

    “By Allah, this could have been a great country, Kevin” sobbed Obama. “All it needed was me…”

    “It still needs you, Sire! If you give up now, who’ll sign the surrender documents? Who’ll put Hillary on the Supreme Court? Who’ll carry forward our positive message of hope and change and cram it down the people’s throats until they fucking choke on it?”

    “Itsh no good, Kev” sighed the disconsolate Nobel Prize winner. “No good. The people will only reject me some more, jusht like Daddy did. Their minds are too shmall, their fears are too strong to go all the way with me on my journey of personal dishcovery…those bitter, primitive, racist honkies, they really let me down. Screw ‘em all”.

    “I’ll, um, I’ll put out a statement saying you’re unwell” lulled Kevin. “A touch of cholera or leprosy or something. You just have a little nap, Sire, and you’ll feel better after you’ve slept”.

    Obama toppled slowly over and lay there in a tight little ball, murmuring quietly to himself: “Lousy Americans…hate them sho much…gonna reject me…jusht like Daddy…Daddy…why, Daddy? Why? Itsh me, Daddy – Barry…are you there Daddy? Hello?”

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    The Delaware lawmaker denied that any third parties were involved in the incident or that the tumble could be described as an ‘assassination attempt’ by worried Obama staffers who want him replaced by either Hillary Clinton or a Barney the Purple Dinosaur stuffed toy as the Dem’s VP pick because of fears that the Administration is being “made to look silly” by “an over promoted goofus who never listens and never learns anything” as unnamed sources suggested.

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  5. pilgrim1949 says:

    I’m sure the word “craven” was intended to be “graven” as in constructed/built.

    On the other hand, “craven” is an apt descriptor for The Anointed One and his administration filled with the limp-spined who also go all weak-kneed in the presence of Those Who Would Inflict Man-Caused Disasters upon us or anyone else.

    Yup, “craven” images of our craven Overlords (who are anything BUT craven when attacking their political/ideological enemies) will do just fine, methinks.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    Well, all we can say is that here in America, the next generation is now speaking about the present Obama administration and how it is being run.

    Here a video of what “our” next generation really thinks of the present administrations budget and deficits.


  7. pilgrim1949 says:


    Re — Freudian Slip…..

    ….and for all these years, I thought that’s what a transvestite wore!

  8. catie says:

    Buh Bye, waving Barry. Maybe they can send it to Savannah and call it “Waving Boy” and put it next to the “Waving Girl”.

  9. canary says:

    Indonesia has turned back to the conservative muslim killing the modern muslims & christians. This should make Obama happy as he and his mother believed getting rid of the communistic conservative muslims was deplorable. She had to quit her home-made weaving basket and work for the whiteman. Plus, they got a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Nike shoes, and could drink booze, and not wear veils. So, they drove out that leader that brought them prosperity selling oil to the white-man, and they’ve been back to the veils and suicide bombings for some time. It’s worse than it was a year ago. If Obama doesn’t catch any flack, it will because he gets a secret message to the poeple, “I’m just pretending to like America. Don’t give up hope, I am your savior and will some day lead you. You will bow to me. Don’t forget I bowed to the conservative hardened islamic Saudi Arabian King.”
    I’m guessing there will be many who boo him while he’s there. Why by golly he’s changed.

  10. Mithrandir says:

    I say we have an American M1A1 Abrams tank roll up, attach a pully to it, and rip it down like we did with the Saddam statue….

  11. LewWaters says:

    They should have left it where it was while we helped double their pigeon population.

  12. canary says:

    In Indonesia, especially the scantly dressed Obama child statue is considered pornography.

    Was moved to the muslim school where Obama said he studied & prayed the koran daily, though it’s principal denied this during Obama campaign.
    Did he leave the Christian school because his mother found it too indoctrinating.
    Obama got a medal for catching a butterfly? Did he eat it as his step-father taught him ‘a brand of Islam with an ancient animist Hindu faith. Obama claimed step-father had no religion during campaign, but in fact
    said Lolo taught him you were what you ate, and there may be some truth in it. The tough dog meat, and tougher snake meat, did the trick & never wore off. . The crunchy grasshopper aided him in basketball. Eating the butterfly would give him flying powers, and I’d say AF1 is kind of creepy.

    Did he eat it like the dog meat (tough). Obama also lied saying his step-father followed no faith, as it was a brand of Islam with ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He told Obama man took on the pwoers of whatever ate. Now the (tougher) snake-meat
    worked best. The (crunchy) raosted grasshopper just changed his looks.

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