February 1st, 2010
04:15 PM ET
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Obama, first lady to visit Indonesia, Australia in March

President Obama will visit Australia and Indonesia in March.

President Obama will visit Australia and Indonesia in March.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to Indonesia and Australia in the second half of March, the White House announced Monday.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, would visit the two nations to advance U.S. interests in the region.

No specific dates were provided.

Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, which Gibbs noted has the world's largest Muslim population. The trip to Australia will commemorate the 70th anniversary of U.S. relations with the country, Gibbs said.

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. gary davis harbor oregon


    February 1, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. lkb

    I resent Obama going to Indonesia as president and representing this country. It is a dictatorship country that we should not give credibility to. Maybe he should stop spending tax dollars on unnecessary trips....didn't he say we must live within our means? Why not lead by example? Oh excuse me, he's priviledged, wealthy in his own right and does not have to pay his way.

    February 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Slider


    We need the vacation.

    February 1, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    Going to Indonesia...oh this is just classic.

    Guess the Obama's feel they must go over there and try and talk the Indonesia authorities to NOT tear down the bronze statue representing Obama at the age of ten. The bronze statue known as "Little Barry" standing in Jakartas Menteng Park. Just classic and something I would expect from "Little Barry"

    February 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Glenn Koons

    I read that in many international areas, statues of the faux Messiah were being torn down. He better go quickly so he can scrape and bow to the Indonesians before all the statues come tumbling down. Obama just announced more debt, more taxes, more spending. I wonder if Indonesia appreciates that as he grovels over there. I bet at the end of the trip, Indonesia will be getting more American taxpayer dough. And just how have they helped to deal with Islamofascist jihadists???

    February 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Confused in Denver

    Our President is taking the time to travel to "second-tier" countries (sorry, Australia!) this spring but cannot seem to make it to the EU annual summit meetings in Madrid. What is happening with our foreign policy?

    February 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Fed Up

    Going back to his birthplace?

    February 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Hugo

    Ahhh yess, another tax payer funded little vacation jaunt for the first family...I wonder if Obama will need to use his Indonesian passport since he undoubtedly has or had in the past dual citizenship status? What Constitution, we don't need no stinking badges...
    Spending cuts = No more world jaunts for the Obama klan in the name of desparity...

    February 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Can You Hear Me Now?

    (No, they don't hear me)

    Obama wanted so much to be a historic president. Well, he has found a way – killing space exploration while Russia, China, Japan, India, France and South Korea press on. He will go down in history as the president that began the process of turning us into a second rate country. A welfare state. Hey, you voted him in, not me!

    February 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Travis In Colorado

    Is it time for another vacation already? Oh how the time flies when you're bankrupting a country, lying to the American public, failing in every endeavor you partake in, etc. The Olympics, Healthcare, the economy, campaigning for Democrats, even trying to unite your fellow Democrats, etc. The list goes on and on. What a joke Obama is.

    February 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Mark

    He should feel right at home surrounded by the worlds largest muslim population, I guess he will tell them how bad and arrogant America is.

    Does this guy think we fly him around the world using Monopoly money??? If he wants to go hang with the muslims let him do it on his credit card, not ours. Or maybe he could do like the average American is doing by watching spending to make sure we don't spend more than we earn.

    February 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. gt

    take peloise and reid with you...

    February 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh my God!!! Why are they leaving the country?? Don't they know that people are unemployed? How can travelling to Indonesia get US jobs? Oh my God!! .......lol

    February 1, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    That ought to get the tea baggers all enraged.

    February 1, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Ender

    You Republicans may commence complaining about Obama traveling to other nations while ignoring the fact that all presidents visit other nations ............ in 3 ....... 2 ....... 1


    February 1, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    More travels on the taxpayer's nickle.

    February 1, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Buck Wheat

    Please have a sfe trip to, but DONT COME BACK!

    February 1, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Pat F

    Obama can take his sentimental journeys on his own dime.

    To the Democratic party hacks who think this waste of time and money is just peachy: send him a fat check of your own dough to spend.

    February 1, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Vickie

    And here it comes......

    February 1, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Skeeter

    Yeah, if you don't like Amurica you can giiit out!!

    February 1, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Steph

    I see that the birthers and tea baggers are out in full force! All that hate is bad for your health....

    February 1, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Joyce

    If the truth was known most all the people that compain about everything he does just can't stand the idea that we have a black president.
    I would like to know what the repubs would have done to keep the country from going into another depression.
    How can you help with the cut tax bit when so many people were out of work and no taxes to cut. Only the rich business men would have profitted from that.

    February 1, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. sharon

    wait.................did bush travel???????????????????
    did Rove??????????????????????????????

    did any American Pres???????????????????????????????

    So.................this topic will not do.
    Oh , for those who have not traceled outside of the US or your back yard...................when a person bows.......this is just like a handshake.........nothing more. A GREETING.


    February 1, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Bo

    Indonesia is the largest nation with a Muslim majority. But it trails both India and Pakistan in terms of the Muslim population.

    February 1, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Debby

    Well his statue is being torn down in Indonesia so he has to make a Messiah appearance. Gosh why not visit Haiti the country he gave 100 million to. He should see if the money will be spent right.

    February 1, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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