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Jakarta Post

Obama’s victory, smart power and the US awakening

  • Jennie S. Bev

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2012   /  12:24 pm

I attended the US election vote-counting at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Ballroom on the morning of Nov. 7 in Jakarta at the invitation of the US Embassy. It was both a party and an affirmation of the US’ position as superpower in the world. It gave me a sense of pride knowing that the Americans in the room were not divided by political parties, but united under the image of “The Road to the White House”.

The White House has been a symbol of power for over 200 years. And it still is.

Students of the National University (Unas) and Borobudur University were among the invitees and they seemed mesmerized by the information presented and, of course, a model White House erected on the stage. Introducing young people to the building where the US president works and his family resides creates a mental image that lingers and, hopefully, will inspire them to visit this historica...