February 1st, 2010
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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. barbara

    You people are pathetic. All presidents travel to other countries. Why don't you grow up.

    February 1, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. joe J

    Do America a huge favor and don't come back that way you can feel right at home in a muslim country!!!!! Maybe than you can learn to love the good old USA instead of trying to change it and bankrupt it!!!! Please Please leave your sorry butt over there

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

    This POTUS does nothing but travel. I don't get it! It is like this job is nothing but an excuse to "see the world". He needs to stay in the office and work for me... and you... and the rest of the people in THIS nation! Did they not just take a long vacation at Christmas? Isnt he supposed to be an example to rest of us or is it just to those that can "milk" the system and the taxpayer?

    February 1, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Pepou

    Reading some of these outrageous, hateful, racist posts make you wonder if there is some hope of a post-racial society in this country. It is also so pathetic. Where were all these holier-than-thou when Bush spent weeks and weeks chopping wood in his ranch. President Obama travels because PRESIDENTS HAVE TO TRAVEL during their presidency. It's part of their job. Duh !

    February 1, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Angie in PA

    Where was the outrage with Geroge Bushes soooooooooooo many trips? once again Republicans== hypocrtical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. James

    of course taxpayers pay for diplomatic trips, this is nothing new to Obama, Democrats, or Republicans. Anyone have an intelligent complaint? Can we talk actual politics as opposed to listen to the right wing hypocrites cry and complain about every little thing? So Obama spent 1/4 the time Bush spent on vacation, get over it. You lost the election, stop complaining and try doing something constructive.

    February 1, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Can he take along a few Congress and Senate members too ?

    February 1, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Pepou

    @Can you hear me now: So you think that "killing space exploration" is a sin ? We need to go to the moon ? Let's fix things on earth first. Please.

    February 1, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Can You Hear Me Now?

    Hey Dims! Why do only the middle class have to watch their carbon footprints? Obama has flown around more than any other president – and lots of times for merely personal reasons. Or what about Al Gore's huge house and his private planes? Or John Edwards in his 28,000 sq ft house. How big of a house does he need for crying out loud? Or Nancy Pelosi and her very large private jet to fly her coast to coast twice a week plus her family a lot of the time. Why are they running up such huge carbon footprints if we're really worried about pollution? About climate change? About hypocrisy!

    February 1, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. John, Brooklyn, NY

    What is with the vitriol among the respondents here. Let me make a few things clear:

    1) If we were to limit our diplomatic relations to countries that had a democratically elected government with spotless human rights records, we would be be hobnobbing with a very limited list (in fact, according to many human rights organizations, WE wouldn't even qualify!),

    2) Indonesia represents the largest economy in Southeast Asia and has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With 200 million people, this ain't just a little player on the global scale.

    3) Aside from India, Indonesia is the largest perdominantly Muslim country in the world. We don't have a lot of friends in those parts, as you can imagine, so fostering a big one may actually help national security.

    4) I'm not even going to address the silly "birthers" issues related to his citizenship and, as for the jabs at where Obama grew up...frankly, I'm glad to have a president who is learned and worldly than being led by provencial dolts.

    February 1, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Mo

    GUYS, GIVE HIM BREAK. HE IS GOING THERE TO ADVANCE AMERICAN INTEREST AND SALE AMERICAN WEAPONS AND GOODS. BUSH DIDN'T BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO DO BUSINESS WITH HIM. THIS PRESIDENT IS ADMIRED BY ALL WORLD LAEADERS.

    February 1, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Gil Oberdas

    This Presidents's visits will probably not result in riots against our country like they have for the last 8 years.

    February 1, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. James

    I see why terrorists hate us. Republicans are idiots. They cry like little girls with skinned knees whenever a democratic president does his job, which includes going to other countries to establish and maintain diplomatic ties. They cry about everything and someone just needs to slap them in the face and say wake up, life isn't fair, no one wants to hear you cry about other people's success. There's a reason Obama is president and you're not.

    February 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Robin in SC

    I am appalled at the number of posts criticizing the President for visiting other countries. A huge part of the job of the POTUS is to represent America internationally. I'd much rather him go to Indonesia and Australia than to Israel to negotiate yet more US money going to that country...they already get more of our money per capita than our own citizens do, and who's fault is that? Do we not need allies in the MIddle and Far East? And is Australia not one of the emerging world powers, if not militarily, economically? Seems like a pretty shrewd trip to me.

    February 1, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Chris

    Every whiner on here is a complete and utter moron and I'm under the assumption you're all Republicans who need to cry about something. I'm glad your ignorance has allowed you to become so angry. The "Tea Party" revolution is a total joke. Call it what it is; undereducated racists who think they know policy but don't.

    February 1, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Joy

    WOW! These comments are just down right mean spirited.

    Do ya think that these trips could possibly be a means to advance US trade exports with these two countries.

    February 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @pepou: "We need to go to the moon ?"

    I guess I could say "we need to stay in Iraq"? "we need to keep bombing Afghanistan"?

    Maybe if Obama had cut the military AT ALL (one less robot bomber), he could fund NASA just fine.

    When will get a government that actually puts SOMETHING above the holy military?

    February 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. prairieguy

    The haters and their BS are out in full force I see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Margaret Peters

    He needs another vacation. After all its been a whole month since he came back from Hawaii. After a whole month of running his mouth, and accomplishing nothing, he must be exhausted.

    February 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Rasabu

    Give me a break. As a Democrat, I am tired of this president traveling so much. In fact, when he travels to other countries, he seems to make the problems with them even worse. Please just let SOS Clinton do the job she was hired to do and keep your butt home! We have enough domestic issues that need to be dealt with: unemployment, job creation, health care reform, housing, the budget deficit...Maybe you ought to stick around and work on the members on Capitol Hill. That is your job.

    February 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Hussein Mberwa

    I wonder what the tea buggers are thinkin about now.. they'll sound like there was never a president in the U.S who travelled overseas..

    February 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Marc

    Hugo – Probably you won't gonna hear me but...
    HE IS AMERICAN!!! American citizenship cannot, I repeat CANNOT, be removed by any of the parents from the child that has it, so his mother's second marriage might, just might, have granted him with the surname Soetoro for a while, but that's all that it happened with him. There's a SCOTUS ruling dating from around the 60's if I am not mistaken that prevents that to happen. Thus... HE IS AMERICAN!!!

    February 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Jerry

    The hunt for the birth certificate contiues, I will tell you you re getting warm and the hint is Africa.

    February 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Future expat

    Teabaggers will complain, because that's what they do.

    Teabaggers complain because they start with the assumption that Obama is an afro-socialist fascist communist Muslim terrorist. This is like starting a math problem with the assumption that 2+2 = 5; all your subsequent conclusions will be wrong.

    Teabaggers, therefore, should be ignored.

    February 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. flyhighfirefly

    hey republicans, are we so quick to forget the past eight years? bush spent 487 days at camp david and 490 days at his ranch... talk about 'excessive' and 'unnecessary'

    February 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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