The Presidential Planner Abroad

By Cullen Dirner

Nov 9, 2010 7:01pm

From Sunlen Miller: President Obama wakes up in Jakarta this morning to a slightly shorter schedule than originally planned due to volcanic ash from Mount Merapi. The president, who is leaving two hours earlier than planned to continue on to South Korea will have a slightly modified morning schedule – now just visiting the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta with First Lady Michelle Obama. Afterward Mr. Obama will deliver a speech to the Muslim world before 6,000 in the audience at the University of Indonesia. President Obama will discuss his personal experience living in Indonesia as a young boy as part of a larger conversation about his hopes for the Muslim world. As a press conference with Indonesian President Yudhoyono on Tuesday, President Obama was asked about what he called “earnest, sustained” efforts to reach out to the Muslim world and reflected a bit on being back to the country for the first time since 1992. “When you visit a place that you spend time in as a child, as president, it’s a little disorienting,” the president said, noting that “the landscape has changed completely,” since he lived there as a young boy aged six to ten. After his address Mr. Obama will fly to Seoul, South Korea in advance of events on Thursday. -Sunlen Miller

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