Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jakarta's Obama Statue Coming Down?

The United States has a built in safeguard against personality cults. In order to appear on a postage stamp, a person has to be dead for ten years, unless they are a former President.

The rest of the world doesn't have the same restrictions. For this reason, there is a whole list of countries that have issued Obama stamps. Liberia, Tanzania and Guinea are among the nations that have chosen to enshrine President Obama with such lofty notables as Homer Simpson and Sadaam Hussein.

When I saw the stamps from Liberia I was very surprised at their high denomination. I used to go to school with a girl who lived in Liberia. She said that they used old American money. I had thought that the Liberian dollar was close in value to the American dollar, bit it is currently trading at 72 Liberian dollars to one US dollar. With Liberia's years of civil war, one really shouldn't be surprised.

Amazingly enough, the Liberian government has even issued a five dollar coin with a value of about 8 cents.

Most of these stamps were issued in the heady aftermath of Obama's election, when the glow of the teleprompter in Obama's eyes as he gazed into the distance sufficed to make people's hearts palpitate.

Since then, Obama seems to have lost his charm. A statue was erected in Jakarta after Obama's election showing Barack Obama as a young boy when he was living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Now, according to Agence France Presse (AFP), authorities in that country are mulling a proposal to have the statue torn down. AFP reports as follows on the latest tarnish on Obama's bronze.

"Members of the "Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park" group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.

"Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American," the web page says.

"For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama's monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately."

The childhood connection and his knowledge of a few words of Indonesian made Obama popular in the mainly Muslim country of 234 million people."

The world seems to be coming down from a giant bender. The lights have come back on. The sun is up. It was dark in the bar, but now we can see who we took home. And it doesn't look pretty.

With all its problems, America is not Cuba or North Korea. We still have a free press and broadcast media. We have a bicameral legislature. With all hope raised among America's enemies that Obama would give away the store, he still has to get by a Congress that still has to face the American people every two years. So now, all those stamps and even coins are going to look sillier and sillier not only to Obama skeptics, but to those who had hailed him as the Messiah as well. Those who were so quick to commemorate Obama's electoral victory might do well to take a closer look at the country that elected him. A system that can survive the foolishness of the American people, (including their latest President) should be duplicated elsewhere. Sphere: Related Content

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