Obama Speaks Near Perfect Indonesian

In Indonesia, the president does his best to dispel American concerns over his foreigness - he speaks Indonesian.

“Saya bagian dari Indonesia,” he said to the cheers and applause from the audience at the University of Indonesia. I am a part of Indonesia. Here is a US president making a personal commitment to help the country where he spent four formative years of his childhood.

He recognized it when he said “Saya pulang kampung nih [I am coming home, guys]”. President Yudhoyono awarded the late Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, with the Bintang Jasa Utama, the highest order of the meritorious services award given to foreign citizens. Dunham, who died in 1995, dedicated a large part of her career to Indonesia helping poor women through micro-financing schemes.