The Jakarta Post
Former US president Barack Obama (center) and his entourage take a break after a walk through the field while visiting the Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island on June 25. (AFP/STR)
Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika was delighted with the arrival of the former United States president Barack Obama and his family in Bali for a six-day vacation from June 23 until 28.
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“We are ready to serve the guests, enjoy your stay in Bali Mr. President. If you need anything special you can call me,” said Pastika. "Indonesia is a beautiful and safe country. Obama's visit is Bali's tourism victory in the international stage," he added.
Pastika believes that Obama's visit is as big as any other head of state visit.
"The American people never regarded their previous president as a 'former president', they still refer to previous presidents as 'Mr. President'. Such is the case with Obama, who is currently vacationing in Bali, and this is why his visit is as big as any other head of state visit," Pastika said.
Obama and his family arrived on Friday, June 23 at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali at 6.52 p.m. local time and then head straight to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan where they are staying. On the next day, the group made a tour to Agung Rai Art Museum, Pengosekan Village, Ubud and Jatiluwih rice terraces in Tabanan regency. (asw)