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Jakarta Post

Obama speaks Indonesian, wishes to return to Menteng

  • David Stone-Resneck,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 24 2009   /  03:23 pm

US President Barack Obama uttered a few words of Indonesian on Thursday, decades after living in the country as a boy, during a visit to the State Department in Washington, and expressed his wish to revisit his old neighborhood in Menteng, Jakarta. After making his formal address to the department, Obama exchanged a few words in Indonesian with former Jakarta US Embassy counselor for public affairs Charles Silver. Silver greeted the President, saying "Selamat Siang, Bapak (Good afternoon, sir)," to which Obama replied, "Terima kasih, apa kabar? (Thank you, how are you?) Silver answered "Baik, baik (Fine)". The American President complimented Silver on his Indonesian accent, adding that he wished to visit his old neighborhood in Menteng, Jakarta. U.S. Embassy Assistant press attache Stafford A. Ward said, while he would like the American Pr...