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Jakarta Post

Obama victory inspires RI youth

  • A'an Suryana

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 7 2008   /  10:55 am

"Hip, hip horray, Obama," Arum Pusparini, an employee at a private company in Jakarta, writes. "Congratulations Obama," shouts Ganjar Pranowo, a legislator with The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). "Congratulations, Mas (brother) Obama. When are you going to buy us a meal (to celebrate the victory), Mas?" Miranti Cempakawangi, an alumni of the University of Indonesia who also works for a private company, writes affectionately. The lines they wrote Wednesday (Jakarta time) on, shortly after Barack Hussein Obama was confirmed winner of the dramatic U.S. election, really represented the jubilant sentiment felt by many young Indonesians. The sentiment is easy to understand, considering that Obama has historical roots in the country. Obama lived here in Menteng, Jakarta, with his American mother Ann Dunh...