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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Meet Obama, our new man in Washington

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 11 2010   /  10:08 am

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, you can pack up your bag and come home. Your services in representing Indonesia in the United States is no longer required. You have done a tremendous job these past few months in leading the embassy, but we now have a new man in Washington. His name is Barack Obama. He lives in the White House.Indonesia cannot ask for a more effective representation in Washington than the American president. And this is probably the biggest intangible result Indonesians came away with from Obama’s whirlwind visit here, a country where he spent four years of his childhood, growing up, speaking the local language and attending Indonesian schools.Returning to Indonesia for the first time in his capacity as President, Obama pledged to help promote greater understanding and cooperation between the two countries. Just the kind of things any envoy in a foreign land is expected t...