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Little Obama's Statue

Updated on December 21, 2009

Statue of U.S. President Barack Obama when he was a child has been inaugurated. The bronze statues of Barack Obama stands in Menteng garden, Jakarta (the capital city of Indonesia). This statue was made as a memory of his childhood when Obama went to school in Jakarta. These statues represent a dream, the spirit of the child and friendship between two countries, Indonesia and U.S. This statue inspired children in Indonesia. Because in the future they can be anything, even become a president. And this is to appreciate president of Barack Obama when he was 10-year-old studied at Besuki Elementary School, Menteng, Jakarta. With nickname Barry. Obama statue spent around $10,000. Another reason why this statue was made to give motivation to young people, and an inspiration to young people, because this character is also live in Menteng when he was child.

The statue was reconstructed from images when Obama was 10 years old. He looks smiling. Little Obama is wearing T-shirts, shorts and sneakers. On his chest pinned a nobel peace medal. At the bottom of the monument where the statue stood engraved inscription: The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dream. The left hand of Obama statue raised to the top with a butterfly perched on a thumb. This statue has high 110 cm and weight 30 kg.


On the other side there is also written: Little Barry played with his mother, Ann, in this Menteng area. He grew up to be President of the United States and 44 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

The statue was given the name "Barry Dream Statue". Barry is a nickname of Obama when he was live in Menteng. This statue was designed Leo Angelo. Then the statue was made Edi Chaniago.

The development of this statue was initiated by the institution "Friends of Obama" institution.

Obama himself has heard about this statue. he was proud and did not object with the clothing worn in this statue,

Once established,many people around Menteng area seen enthusiastic take pictures with the Statue of Obama's background. There are many student and teacher of Menteng 01 Elementary school also visited this statue.

Although there are pros and cons between the people of Indonesia, as a teacher I only take the positive side. I hope my student can be a president like Barack Obama.

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    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, my uncle. Your comment really appreciated. You made my day so beautiful with your coming. God bless you, uncle.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      You've presented this so beautifully Prasetio!

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Support Med for giving your thought about this topic. Why I hate person who give contribution for the country and the peace of the world. Moreover he is a president, I have to respect him, like you said before.I don't care with other people who judge him. You are very kind person. I was not regret become your fans. Thank you very much.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for taking the positive side in regards to thoughts about President Barak Obama. Most times when I see his name on this venue, negative things are being said about him. I believe that whomsoever is president, they should be respected. We are not going to 100% agree with any leader whom we may have, but as leaders, they should be respected. Most of us apparently do not understand the value of positive thinking towards our leaders. This is a good hub, thank you for writing it. Thank you for being a follower.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry Febrie, I think you life in Jakarta. But thanks for confirmation. Bandung is good city and nice for traveling. Especially for window shopping and culinary travel. Thank you very much.

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      febriedethan 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi, no I am not stay in Jakarta, I live in Bandung, I heard it from the news :)

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Febrie for this information. I really don't know about this news. I really understand with the pros and cons about this statue. Some people in Menteng probably accepted but others refused. I think student in SND Menteng 01 will proud with the little Obama statue. I know your position in Jakarta. I give many thanks to you for this information.

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      febriedethan 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Pras, I heard that the statue has been replaced and no longer in the Menteng Garden due to the pros and cons. The statue now is in Mr. Obama's ex primary School SDN Menteng 01. Great hub :)

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks nick for coming to this hub. I hope you enjoy reading this hub.

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      nick071438 

      8 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      HI prasetio30- it's 2:35 pm here in BLISS, Catbalogan City, Philippines and congratulations for contributing to the world's culture and heritage a segment of the boyhood days spent in Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia and captured in an impressive statue of the current US President (Barry) Barack Obama. Laurels for you.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks ethel smith for supporting this hub. I believe Obama agree with you.

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Unusual to have such a statue but inspiring

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks Nikki for your nice comment. Obama is bring a new experience as a US President. I agree with you.

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      nikki1 

      8 years ago

      Hello prasetio30,

      I too am a fan of the Honorable Obama. He has so do much while in the office. In my opinion, he definately deserved the Nobel Peace Prize award.

      Merry Christmas to all.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Mr.Roychoudhury for coming to this hub. My country try to make better the friendship with US. I think Obama still have a good memorize about his childhood. And he could speak a little about Indonesian language.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The statue of little Obama (Barry) at Indonesia is a great tribute to the supreme powerful man of the world and a courage of progress to the children of Jakarta.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your Welcome, BkCreative for supporting this hub. As an Indonesian people I am very proud to Obama.

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much for this prasetio30 - I love how you find the most interesting information - that I can now bookmark and share with others.

      Since he was there as a child - how clever to create such a statue. I send thanks to the people of Jakarta - and to you!

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Sandyspider and Veronica for visiting this hub. I am glad you like this hub. As a good citizen we have to appreciate our president. So do I. Childhood was the best moment in our life. Is good to remember.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Prasetio30, you always come up with the most unique hubs. Thank you for sharing this with us, I was not aware of this statue.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information and photos of the statue of Obama as a child.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Hello, you always visit my hub. I hope you enjoy the picture above. I want to share that Obama is always welcome in my country.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I love this hub about Mr Obama being a child. Thank you for sending these pictures. A great idea to put a statue up showing him as a child growing up there.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks Mac Mission for coming to this hub. And give good comment.

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      Mac Mission 

      8 years ago from bangalore

      good to see this most of them dont have this kind of ability to lead country.

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