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Obama making nostalgic visit to city of his childhood

News Agencies | Updated on: 30 June 2017, 16:00 IST

Former President Barack Obama and his family are set to visit his childhood home city of Jakarta at the end of their 10-day vacation to Indonesia, where they went whitewater rafting and visited an ancient Buddhist temple.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will host Obama today at the Bogor Palace in West Java, a grand Dutch colonial building famous for its 200-acre botanical gardens and the herd of spotted deer that roam the grounds.

Obama was incredibly popular in Indonesia during his presidency, and many here saw him as a symbol of hope and religious tolerance because of his years living in the Muslim country.

A statue of the kid still remembered as "Barry" by childhood friends was erected outside the elementary school he attended in Jakarta.

-PTI

First published: 30 June 2017, 16:00 IST
 
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