Skip to comments.Little Barry heads back to school next week
Posted on 02/13/2010 10:35:13 AM PST by opentalk
The Central Jakarta administration will move the controversial "Little Barry" statue from its current location at Taman Menteng in Central Jakarta to state elementary school SDN 01 Menteng next week, an official says.
"We are currently discussing with officials from the school and its alumni association," city spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia told reporters Friday. "We hope the move will happen next week."
US President Barack Obama attended the elementary school for almost two years when he spent part of his childhood in Jakarta.
Erected by the Jakarta-based Friends of Obama Foundation in December last year, the statue, which resembles Obama as a boy, recently sparked wide public criticism for insulting the nation's pride.
Just a few days after the Central Jakarta municipality unveiled the statue at Menteng Park, experts and a group of Facebook users demanded it be dismantled.
On Wednesday, the Central Jakarta District Court held a hearing to try a class action lawsuit by five plaintiffs representing 50,000 members of the "Take down the Barack Obama statue from Menteng Park" group on Facebook.
The five plaintiffs - Heru Nugroho, Protus Tanuhandaru, Daniel Rudi Haryanto, Andes Soesman and FX Agung Bimo Sutedjo - filed the suit against Jakarta governor, Central Jakarta mayor and the Jakarta Parks and Cemeteries Agency, saying the statue didn't deserve a place at the park and should be immediately removed.
Although appreciating the administration's plan to remove the statue, Heru said the group would go ahead with its lawsuit.
"We will only withdraw the lawsuit if the city administration publicly apologizes for its one-sided decision to permit the statue," he told The Jakarta Post.
Hawaiian-born Obama moved to Indonesia at the age of six to live with his mother, Ann Dunham, and Indonesian stepfather Lolo Soetoro.
Obama attended third grade at the school in 1968. He returned to Hawaii at the age of 10 to live with his maternal grandparents.
Hmm, hard to tell.
Maybe Stanley Ann had twins? That would explain how he could be in two places at once.../sigh
Are you saying Scott is one of those boys in that group picture? If so which one, because I don't see any resemblance of the boy in the bottom picture with Barack to any of those in the group picture.
No idea, sorry. Notice how no names are given?
” . . . the statue, which resembles Obama as a boy, recently sparked wide public criticism for insulting the nation’s pride.”
I see from googling that the Besuki school and Meteng are one and the same.
Thanks, forgot about the Catholic school. Ok, so maybe that’s where the Christmas trees come in at but then there’s still the question of where/when/how does Scott fit in.
Anyone else think there’s a Czar of Cover Up who’s having fun sending us all on a wild goose chase?
It’s not compulsory. It’s just an OPINION! You may also NOT be able to see the resemblence between the circled ADULT and Scott Inoue the chiropractor...but I can.
Hint: He’s NOT wearing his glasses.
Yep, I spent a good while searching around for names.
“He returned to Hawaii at the age of 10 to live with his maternal grandparents.”
I have always wondered why he was sent away from his mom.
The story is that Sr. went back to Hawaii around the ‘71/72 holiday season (per airport photos) to take care of family stuff. A student at the Punahou School said Hussein “won” a scholarship and he claimed he was the son of an African prince.
Total speculation here but in most cases of kids getting sent away in second marriages is problems with step-parents. Ann has two choices 1) send him to Kenya with Sr. except Keziah wasn’t too happy with the white wife so she certainly wouldn’t want to raise the half white kid, or 2) send him to the US but there might have been legal problems giving the grandparents some sort of custody what with the adoption and possible Indonesian citizenship.
It would be a win-win for everyone for Sr. to come back to Hawaii to deal with any legal issues. Lolo gets rid of the step kid. Ann has her son back in America. Sr. takes a few weeks to take care of the family matter and can go back to Africa without a guilty conscience. Keziah doesn’t have to raise the white kid. The Punahou School gets to brag they have enrolled the son of an African prince and have given him a scholarship which they can write off their taxes because it’s for poor, impoverished, in transition, Kenya. The Dunhams aren’t out any private school tuition for the grandkid. And little Barry can carve “King Obama” into the sidewalk.
Her background is as murky as her brother's!!!
Thank you for that reply and as I suspected, Barry was a problem child. Possibly some sibling rivalry with baby sis, child of Soetero? Who knows, but there was a problem.
I saw that pic of “King Obama” on the sidewalk so I believe he was told such and believes it to this day. That he is an “African King”. Perhaps he is but he certainly isn’t my “King” and ergo, the problem in America.
Great posts, BTW. Nite.
That photo does not look like Obama. Who is Obama?
What year was Maya born? We also have to acknowledge that when Maya was born the resident requirement at the time of Barry’s birth for citizenship to pass from mother to son, would no longer apply for Maya.
heck now I see lines drawn across the page.
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