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Jakarta Post

President Obama’s words are important for Indonesia

  • Togi Pangaribuan

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25 2013   /  08:00 am

The inauguration was beautiful. Beyonce sang the national anthem and Michelle Obama showed off her new bangs. Obama did not mess up his oath like he did in 2009 and the struggle for reelection — a struggle lasting about two years, ended in a 32-second swearing in, which took place in the Blue Room of the White House.

Most of us watched with different emotions, views and concerns. As the new leader of the free world was being inaugurated, the most important question we should have been asking ourselves was this: What was in it for us Indonesians?

Indonesians should refrain from only focusing on the emotional connection Obama has with us and should start realizing that Obama’s policies have been very beneficial for Indonesians.

We must utilize his second term to the full. The US is a very important partner for Indonesia.

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