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Jakarta Post

Obama among RI elites

  • Al Makin

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 28 2008   /  11:01 am

Obamania has now spread throughout the world. Barack Obama -- whom many expect to be an agent of change for the U.S. image in world politics in the wake of the Bush presidency -- has become an icon consisting no longer of merely flesh and blood. Instead, Obama is now synonymous with a new hope not only for the United States but also for the rest of the world. In Indonesia, unfortunately, only a few realize the significance of this Obamania, and fewer still are taking away a valuable lesson for Indonesia's elections from watching the United States prepare for its. Obamania, I bet, is very limited to a few intellectuals in Jakarta or other major cities in Indonesia. Those who follow the news and world politics, and particularly those who study abroad, understand this phenomenon taking hold in the rest of the world. Their numbers are of course very limited compared to those ...