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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:07 PM
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Just When you Thought Things Couldn't get Worse for Obama....
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:08 PM by Clio the Leo
Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue
(AFP) 19 hours ago

JAKARTA 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.

Obama, who was born in Hawaii, lived for four years as a child in Jakarta from 1967 after his divorced mother married an Indonesian.

The bronze was designed by Indonesian artists and depicts the boy Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt with a butterfly perched on his hand.

"The statue is of Obama as a child, not as the US president. His relatives and friends who erected it said it's meant to motivate children to study hard and dream big," Bintarto said.

Members of the "Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park" group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.

"Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American," the web page says.

"For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama's monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hFv1...




When asked to comment on the matter, the President said....

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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:09 PM
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1. I picture his laugh as sounding a lot like Ricky Ricardo's in that pic.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:10 PM
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2. honestly, they sound petty and ridiculous
I was hoping this was satire; that's not how anyone should air their grievances
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:11 PM
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4. The fact that they built the statue in and of itself is HILLARIOUS....
... and now that they're FIGHTING over where to tear it down is even more so.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:12 PM
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6. actually, it's kind of nice to know teabagging mentality is not strictly American
yes INDEED
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:15 PM
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8. Be funny if we found out that Orly was behind it....
"He wasn't born in Indonesia! He doesn't deserve a statue!"
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:15 PM
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9. STOP IT CLEO
OMG :rofl:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:10 PM
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3. Whatever Indonesia...nobody
asked you to put it up.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:12 PM
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5. Yep, just a bunch of Indonesian kool aid drinking cheerleaders!
:)
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:14 PM
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7. I'm sure his reaction wouldn't be the second pic
Obama would be concerned. That's just the type of person he is. He would want to know what he could do to make things better.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:16 PM
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11. he'd want to know what he could do to keep a statue of himself from being torn down?
lol, I doubt that's high on his list of priorities.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:19 PM
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14. No
he would want to know what he could do to help the people of Indonesia. Obama is cool like that.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:16 PM
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10. $50 the Facebook page is "Freeped" with Americans pretending
to be Indonesians

Wouldn't be the first time FreepTards have pulled off some thing like this

REAL SHAME is there are not Dems defending him
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:17 PM
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12. We have our hands full....
.... defending him on the economy and the HCR bill.

We can worry about fighting over statues sometime in 2018. :)
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:19 PM
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13. True
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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:58 PM
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15. Look at the bright side...
at least Nobel hasn't asked for his prize back. I'm thinking a lot of people were expecting a bit more change.
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