Indonesia considers removing Obama park statue

Indonesia considers removing Obama park statue

Can the 'Little Barry' statue in Indonesia stand tall until Big Barry's Indonesia visit in June?
Barack Obama Jakarta statue
A young version of United States President Barack Obama raises the Indonesian flag placed there by a protester.

Indonesian authorities debate on what to do with 'Little Barry' statue in Jakarta's Menteng Park 

Much to the ire of many a Jakartan, a statue of a 10-year old United States President Barack Obama (Obama will visit Indonesia in June) was erected in December 2009 in Jakarta's Menteng Park. The 'Little Barry' statue is already in danger of being taken down. Disgruntled Jakartans (over 55,000 in the Facebook group) openly wonder why exactly it is they have a statue of a foreign president as a young boy in the center of a park in their capital, never mind the fact President Obama lived in Jakarta as a little boy in 1960 not far from where his younger bronze self stands.

The Facebook group page says, "Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and shat in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American."

It appears Indonesian authorities have heard enough of the sour comments about the statue, as they stated Monday they are trying to "find the best solution" to either take it down, move it, or keep it where it is.

One potential solution is to erect a statue for the current Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in place of Little Barry. It could depict Yudhoyono engaging in his favorite pastime, singing pop songs.

Chris Anderson is the former associate editor of CNNGo based in Hong Kong and is now senior editor at Huffington Post Media Group.

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