A bronze statue of President Obama, known as “Little Barry,” may be removed from Jakarta, Indonesia’s Menteng Park barely a month after its unveiling.
According to this story, Obama’s “relatives and friends erected the statue.” The statue sits near the former elementary school the President attended when his name was Barry Soetoro, and he lived in Jakarta with his mother and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. The statue is intended to encourage children to “dream big.”
Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian…
The Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park page on Facebook has 55,000 fans. The page, not written in English, allegedly says Obama has done nothing for Indonesia:
“Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the
Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in
Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American,” the web
“For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama’s monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately.”
There are three such pages on Facebook. This page in English is a “student groups,” and says “Remove the Obama statue and make room for real heroes.” This page shows 2,358 members and refers to a Fox News Story in its description. It links to the original group which appears to be in an Indonesian language, with 55,513 members.
I wonder who the Obama “relatives and friends are,” – the ones that erected this in the first place, and talked the parks department into accepting it. I’m betting there is more to this story.