Obama Making Nostalgic Visit to City of His Childhood, Jakarta

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1 January 1970 07:00 WIB

TEMPO.COBogor - Former President Barack Obama and his family are set to visit his childhood home city of Jakarta at the end of their 10-day vacation to Indonesia.

Obama and family previously went whitewater rafting in Bali and visited the ancient Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Yogyakarta, Central Java.

Read: Obama to Visit Bogor Botanical Garden Today


Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will host Obama on Friday at the Bogor Palace in West Java, a grand Dutch colonial building famous for its 200-hectare botanical gardens and the herd of spotted deer that roam the grounds.

Read: 4,000 Personnel to Secure Obamas Visit to Jakarta

Obama was incredibly popular in Indonesia during his presidency, and many here saw him as a symbol of hope and religious tolerance because of his years living in the Muslim country. A statue of the kid still remembered as "Barry" by childhood friends was erected outside the elementary school he attended in Jakarta.

AP



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