Indonesia to Erect Statue of President Obama as a Boy

Dec 8, 2009 9:37am

A six-and-a-half foot statue of President Obama as a 10-year-old boy has been commissioned in Jakarta, Xinhua reports.

The president spent some of his formative years there as a boy, where he was educated at a school that was decidedly not a madrassa, despite some false reports pushed by conservative news outlets two years ago.

A group called "Friends of Obama" made the announcement today, saying the statue will be inaugurated on December 10 in a playground in the Jakarta suburb Menteng Dalam, where Obama lived from 1967 until 1971 with his mother and stepfather.

"The statue is designed to inspire Indonesian children that they can be anyone they want to be," said Friends of Obama chairman Ron Muller.

– jpt

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