February 1st, 2010
04:15 PM ET
4 years ago

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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  1. Ken in NC

    WOW people, get a life. Presidents travel. They all do it and President Obama is no different. As far as him working for us, he does do that. The problem is that it is because he is Black that so many do not wish to see him do as all others White Presidents have done. Republicans are so hateful of him, they even turned on their President Bush to say that he was wrong to put terrorist on trial in US Courts so they can now say that President Obama would be wrong to do it. Republicans would eat their own and do anything harmful to their own party for the sake of trying to make the sitting President look bad. Such a pitty.

    February 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    Relax all you rational people, let the lefties have their 15 minutes. This country has regained it's wits and realized what a big mistake Obama is. Pewee Herman has a better chance of being elected president than Obama getting a secnd term. By all accounts the Dems will loose control of both the House and the Senate. It is fun to poke fun at Obama but why kick a dying dog?

    February 1, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Marshall

    Always on the Road. Who gets his frequent Flier Miles?

    February 1, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. MnMary

    To all the nasty, hateful, vitriolic, disrespectful, whining, negative, sarcastic, pains-in-the-XXX (mostly Republicans): You literally make me sick with your constant spewing. Give the man a break - President Obama IS only a man, a human being, just like you and me! He inherited a mountain of complex, urgent, and HUGE problems, has only been in office for one year, AND has had to deal with an obstructionist Congress... What the **** do you EXPECT???? If you think you can do a better job, why don't YOU run for office?! The President has a lot on his shoulders, and I commend him for approaching these issues with calm deliberation instead of shooting from the hip. President Obama deserves our respect, support and PRAYERS (note to all you so-called "Christians"). Please STOP condemning his every move, and become part of the solution rather than just enlarging the problem!!!

    February 1, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Have a great time Mr. President. It is too bad that this trip is not taking place sooner as it would allow the RethugliKlans time to recuperate from the ass-whipping you delivered on Thursday in Baltimore in THEIR HOUSE (so to speak)!

    Additionally, for those of you too ignorant to spew anything worth reading, besides the fact that travelling abroad is a prerequisite of the office of the President, it would behoove some of you yahoos to take a trip outside your state at least. World travel broadens the mind, it makes human being more accepting of each other and tolerant of different cultures. In sum youmight find out that the boogeyman is NOT the color you thought he was, and that you've been living along side him for YEARS. Sorry about that. But seriously, go out and educate yourselves and enrich your lives while freeing your minds. Travel.

    February 1, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Independant Vet

    SOONER THE BETTER .

    GOING THERE TO BURRY HIS TREASURE.

    BEST HE TAKE HIS FLY LIST AN PRESENT IT TO PELOSI , FOR IT CONTAINS , , REID , GIBBS, CHARVEZ , AN BROTHER FIDEL , GEORGE SOROS, AN A FEW OF THE CHICAGO MACHINE . GONNA LEARN HOW TO PLAY BASKET BALL , AN HAVE A FEW GOOD PUFFS , CHEW AN SPIT FREELY .

    DON'T CRY FOUL , THOSE THAT WORSHIPED HIM . FOR WHEN HE STARTED DIGGING UP THE DEAD TO VOTE FOR HIM . i PASSED . SO YOU THAT VOTED FOR HIM SHUT UP YOU GOT YOUR CHANGE. . UH HUH CRY BABY CRY . WHIGHT

    February 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Dixie

    Check out the # of days Bush was on the clock, but down on the ranch during his reign! 540 plus days

    February 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. magella

    So all you complainers out there...did you even blink when GWB was relaxing or cutting brush at his ranch or Camp David the better part of two terms? Can you even list five things he TRIED to do (let alone succeeded at) during the eight years he was in office? Let's see: controlling Al Quaeda/Osama bin Laden–fail. No Child Left Behind–fail. Hurricane Katrina–fail. Holding onto the surplus he got from Clinton–epic fail. His only successes were convincing good American men and women to give their lives for fruitless causes and running up the deficit without anything to show for it and lining the pockets of his rich defense contractor cronies. Oh, and making the rest of the world hate us–which is why Obama has to repair and rebuild those relationships now.

    February 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. simp

    LOL To all you ignorant, jealous evil people out here trashing the President and First Lady, get the hell over it!!! do you think morons like yourselves are going to stop this President from trying to heal our relations with other countries? What a bunch of mineless clowns. W put us in this situation where nobody likes us now this President is trying to change that. You people seem to have forgotten how many countries W allianated when he was in office. I love the ignorance on this blog, you clowns never learn.

    Travel, Travel, Travel Mr President take you lovely wife and children when you can. LOL

    February 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    Have a safe and great trip sir doing the job a real President should be doing.Snerdly,is that you on here,spouting all Rushs talking points.Go take your meds and be Rushs good little token.

    February 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. cal

    Deunce

    boy you need to seek help you have so much hate until it's sicken me. It's people like you that keep the hate and lies going. You are so busy wanting the President to leave and not come back, how about you leave and go to another country and spread all that sunshine you have to share, how about Iran? Loser

    February 1, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Greg Evans

    Considering that is where he was born, it makes sense for him to go visit his "Childhood Home"... Get a clue people. This president is NOT a natural born citizen

    February 1, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Wisconsonite

    I am so sick and tired of hearing the irrational hatred SPEWED by the Rabid Right over every single thing this President does OR doesn't do! You people act like foul-mouthed, spoiled brats! There are plenty of sites on the internet where your irrational, racist-based comments will be welcomed with open arms! You can all high-five each other while you try to top each others' insults & name-calling. GO THERE, PLEASE!!!

    February 1, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    February 1st, 2010 4:17 pm ET
    Marc-Hear you loud and clear, there is a provision in our Constitution that prohibits a Nationalized citizen from holding office, Obama under his mother's care(whether he liked or not) achieved Indonesian citizenship that in itself under immigration law require that he surrender his Natural born status, and become a Nationalized citizen.
    ______________________________________________________
    PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BORN IN HAWAII.

    HE IS NOT A CITIZEN OF INDONESIA.

    STOP THE LIES............ YOU ARE FOOLS!

    February 1, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Funny how he couldn't make the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall but sure seems to be able to jet off to some nice warm sun and partying! You go Barry! Change is a comming 2010 & 2012!

    February 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    TO ALL THE BIRTHERS:

    DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT GEORGE W. BUSH, THE NSA, FBI, CIA, SUPREME COURT......... WOULD ALLOW A ..........NON-CITIZEN TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES????????????

    GEORGE W. BUSH.......... ALLOWED IT?

    MORONS. (excuse the yelling, this is idiocy!)

    February 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Montana

    We won the election and now these sore losers will continue to spew your hate with lies. The way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with the so call facts that they present. Let’s face it no one will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. Keep plucking that chicken.

    February 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WOW!!! You right-wingers are ON FIRE TODAY!!!! Geez, you'd think you had enough time to calm down over the weekend. Tsk tsk to you! You thought 'the purple lipped BOY' was going to be an easy target. WRONG!!! All you have left are your idiotic claims about his citizenship. Once and for all: do you really think that 'the purple lipped BOY' could pull off something as grandiose as becoming YOUR president when he wasn't even an AMERICAN? Come on right-fringe, think about it! It goes right in line with what you all believe: we're not suppossed to be THAT SMART!!!!! Right?!

    February 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Lets vote for Obama again,we cant let the nutbags regain anything. If the GOP regains the Presidency in 2012,I know the Mayans were right.

    February 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. polly

    Home is where the heart is.

    February 1, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Pepou

    @Winconsonite: Yes I share your feelings. Racism and hatred and ignorance ! Many people in this country do not deserve our great President.

    February 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Greg, MN

    I am glad the first family gets some traveling under its belts on the taxpayers $$$$$.

    February 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. State of Tennessee

    The search for a church (a.k.a. mosque) that the royal family can call home continues. Perhaps Indonesia will be fruitful in this regard. Australia remains one of the few solid allies of the USA who have not been personally insulted on their own soil. He might as well get that out of the way on this trip as well.

    February 1, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. jerome

    Maybe he could sell the Indonesians his "Obamacare", lord knows we don't want it here!

    February 1, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. haren

    1=340 of them and he kicked butts of all Republican in their Caucus.
    what a great performance with detail answer to all lies of Republican.
    Thank god at last we have intelligent president who is trying to educate stupid INDEPENDENT voters by investing in education.

    February 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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