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Michelle Obama Absent From Recent Stop On Vacation

| by Alex Scarr
Former first lady Michelle ObamaFormer first lady Michelle Obama

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family continued their excursion through the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia June 29, visiting temples in the region and taking several photographs. Notably absent from the troop during a recent temple visit, however, was former first lady Michelle Obama.

After examining photographs of the family's trip to Indonesia, Daily Mail pointed out that Michelle was not pictured in any of the photos taken during the most recent visit to the Prambanan Temple in Central Java. Mr. Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia were both present at the tour, but the former first lady was not. No reason was given for her absence.

The Obamas spent five days on the resort island of Bali before returning to the mainland of Indonesia for more traditional sightseeing. The family visited historic cities Yogyakarta and Magelang June 28, where Mr. Obama was pictured walking the steps of the Borobudur temple. Borobudur, an 8th-century Buddhist temple and the largest Buddhist temple in the world, is Indonesia's biggest tourist attraction.

Michelle and the former president were pictured together June 28, wearing upscale evening clothes while out in Yogyakarta, according to The Guardian. Considering how highly photographed the family has been during their vacation, it is likely that Michelle did not accompany the family during their visit to the Prambanan Temple June 29.

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More than 600 security personnel have been provided as a detail for the Obama family during their trip to Indonesia. Several hundred guards met the family at the airport in Yogyakarta when they landed in their private jet.

Mr. Obama remains a very popular figure in Indonesia, as several photographs of the former president touring famous sights have gone viral among social media users.

BBC described the Obama family vacation as being subjected to a "saturation" of press coverage. Photographers from Reuters and The Associated Press have been following the family's stops around the country, and several other news outlets have dispatched reporters to cover the trip, as well.

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Mr. Obama lived in Indonesia for several years during his childhood. His mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man and moved to Jakarta in 1967, where the future president would then spend the next four years of his life, according to The Guardian. After the marriage went south, Dunham stayed in Indonesia to continue her anthropological work in the country and sent her son to live with his grandparents in Hawaii in 1971.

Mr. Obama is scheduled to speak in front of an Indonesian Diaspora Congress July 1.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Guardian, BBC / Photo credit: AP via Daily Mail, Reuters via Daily Mail, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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