Daily Archives: November 9, 2010

The President Obama and First Lady Michelle in Indonesia

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet children during a meeting with the U.S. Embassy staff at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President Obama and First Lady Michelle visit Indonesia, where he lived as a boy, in an effort to reach out to the Muslim world.

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Bakso Diplomacy: Obama’s Love For Indonesian Meatball Soup Makes Headlines

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and his wife Kristiani Herawati, drink a toast at a state dinner at the Istana Negara in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

AP~JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Barack Obama’s popularity may be taking a beating at home, but in Indonesia he’ll always be a rock star – thanks to his love for the country’s traditional spicy meatball soup.

His long-awaited return was the talk of the town Wednesday with taxi drivers and officer workers marveling that the boy fondly remembered here as “Barry” rose to become the leader of the most powerful country on the planet.

But most are less interested in his efforts to bridge divides between the West and the Islamic world than in his impeccable accent when he tosses out Indonesian phrases and recollections about the food he loved when he lived here as a child.

Especially the soup sold by street-side vendors called “bakso.”

That was reflected on the front pages of newspapers.

The most widely read Kompas Tempo screamed out: “Obama’s bakso diplomacy!” Others headlined with remarks at state dinner made in Indonesian, and with a huge smile: “Bakso, nasi goreng … semuanya enak!” or “Meatball soup, fried rice … it’s all delicious!”

That cracked up Herry Putranto and his friends, flipping through papers as they shared breakfast at a street stall.

“He even mentioned ’emping’ and ‘krupuk’!” the 31-year-old said, referring to a popular traditional cracker. “Only native Indonesians know that!”

His friend, 29-year-old Irvan Kurniawan, agreed, saying “this is much more interesting than anything he can say about politics … that’s just complicated and boring.”

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, wife of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, view a display of Indonesian cultural exhibits at the State Palace Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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You’re Invited “Inside The White House

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Thousands of visitors tour the White House each day. It’s been a long time in the making and today, we’re pleased to invite you on our new interactive White House tour.

With some incredible behind-the-scenes photos from the Photo Office and our best “Inside the White House” videos, you’re invited to do everything from cook with the New Orleans Saints in the White House kitchen, to peek inside the Situation Room, to watch the Jonas Brothers perform in the East Room and tour the first ever beehive on White House grounds with beekeeper Charlie Brandt — plus a lot more. What are you waiting for? Welcome to the White House.

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