Obama tries again to visit childhood home Indonesia

TORONTO Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:49am EDT

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Perhaps the third time will be the charm for President Barack Obama's repeatedly postponed visit to Indonesia, where he spent several years as a child.

Obama said on Sunday that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had invited him again to visit the country.

"I'm confident that we are going to get there" this time, said Obama, who lived in the country with his mother and stepfather between 1967 and 1971.

Obama had first planned to take his family to Indonesia in March, but postponed the visit to stay in Washington and steer a sweeping U.S. healthcare industry overhaul through Congress.

The trip was rescheduled for June, but was put off again because Obama needed to oversee the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The two leaders gave no date for the rescheduled visit in their brief remarks to reporters at a breakfast meeting at the Group of 20 summit.

Obama made use of his Indonesian language skills at the meeting, at which the two leaders said they agreed to cooperate on climate change and education.

Obama greeted the Indonesian media in their own language. "My accent is perfect, it's just my vocabulary is a six-year-old's," the president told Yudhoyono.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by David Storey)

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STORYBURNcool wrote:
Taxpayer money is going to fund this sentimental journey?

Jun 27, 2010 4:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
auntym wrote:
What a waste of $$. Obama should remain here and solve some of the problems he “inherited”.

Jun 27, 2010 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
happydance wrote:
Hopefully, they’ll keep him this time!! Who needs him?

Jun 27, 2010 7:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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