Obama Family Visits Indonesian Town Where Barack Grew Up (Photos)


Former President Barack Obama and his family continued their Indonesian vacation, wrapping their five-day trip to the island of Bali before moving on to the historic city of Yogyakarta.

The family ended their five-day visit to the island after spending their days touring temples, meeting with locals and whitewater rafting, reports ABC News. They continued their tour of the country, visiting the cities of Yogyakarta and Borobudur.

The family stopped to take several photos while at Borobudur, according to the Daily Mail. Borobudur is a ninth-century Buddhist temple complex and houses the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Barack was seen walking the steps of the temple, which is Indonesia's biggest tourist attraction.

The trip to Indonesia was a nostalgic one for Barack, as he spent several years of his childhood in the country. His mother, Ann Dunham, remarried and moved to Indonesia in 1967, taking 6-year-old Barack with her, reports ABC News. When the marriage broke up, Dunham stayed behind to continue her anthropological work and her role as a developmental aid worker. Obama returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents when he was 10 years old.

One of Barack's classmates remembered sharing a classroom with him, recalling that Barack was often the volunteer to solve difficult questions posed by the teacher.

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"I feel proud that my friend became a president," Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Barack's at an elementary school in Jakarta, told Reuters. "He was a clever boy. Whenever a teacher asked him to solve a problem in front of the class, he could do it."

The Obamas' trip has been met with fanfare in the Muslim-majority nation, as his visit coincides with the extended public Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Indonesian newspapers have commented on the family's trip, with one using the headline, "Obama loves Indonesia."

Barack made an official visit to the country while president in 2010, but has returned with former first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha and Malia, for a relaxing vacation. Pictures of Barack touring the rice fields and walking about town have gone viral in Indonesia, a country full of avid social media users.

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Reuters reported that CNN Indonesia confirmed 700 officers helped secure the Obamas' tour to the temples at Borobudur. The family also spent several nights at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in Bali before leaving for the next leg of their trip. Barack is also set to meet the Indonesian president on June 30.

Sources: ABC News, Daily Mail, Reuters / Photo credit: Thomas Depenbusch/Flickr, Reuters via Daily Mail, AP via Daily Mail

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