Obama Statue Taken Down


Son of Liberty
Wow, and I thought he was idolized in the States! I had no idea he actually had tribute statues erected in his honor over seas.

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Authorities removed a statue of Barack Obama from a park in the Indonesian capital due to a public backlash and moved it Monday to a nearby elementary school that the U.S. president attended as a child.

The bronze statue, inspired by a childhood photograph of a 10-year-old Obama in shorts with a butterfly perched on an outstretched thumb, had been targeted by critics since it was erected in the Jakarta park last December. Detractors argued that an Indonesian hero should have been honored instead, noting that Obama still could pursue policies that hurt Indonesia's interests.

Obama, whose American mother married an Indonesian after divorcing his Kenyan father, went to school in the capital from 1967 to 1971 and is regarded fondly by most Indonesians.

Barack Obama statue removed from Jakarta park - Yahoo! News

So what do you guys think? I noticed it said that one of the reasons they took it down was because it should have been a statue of an Indonesian Hero instead. :hah:


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
Well yeah, it should have been an Indonesian statue, in a public park (although it's been privately funded); I think moving it to the school was good idea and better location for the statue than the park.