February 1st, 2010
04:15 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    George W. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David and 490 days at his Crawford ranch.

    Total days on vacation during TWO WARS= 977 days!

    Where were all of you, critics when Bush was vacationing????

    February 1, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Dean

    How about advancing interest here at home? Bring our jobs back from foreign soils.

    February 1, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Rickster

    U.S. President Barack Obama bows to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at MacDill Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 in Tampa, Fla.

    lolol...man, what a clown. C'mon now, this entire Obama election just has to be some sort of a practical joke, right?

    February 1, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Mark

    I think the funding for obamas trips should be deducted from the Earned Income Tax Fund, let his believers that he takes care of so well pay for these useless trips.

    February 1, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Some in this country still think that we are the ONLY country in the world worthy of anything and everything.
    Newsflash, we are not alone and we need to learn how to get along with others. Of course, most of you sound like you were bullies in school so you wouldn't know what it means.
    BTW – not only was the President born in Hawaii, but for you geographically challenged Indonesia IS NOT anywhere near Kenya. Look it up on a world map if you know which side is which.

    February 1, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. polly

    "The hunt for the birth certificate continues...???" I have my birth certificate. No reason for him to not have one. It's really ok and completely natural for Obama to care about his heritage... as long as it doesn't interfere with his priorities as our President.

    February 1, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. haren

    This is not a vacation morons.
    All president visit other country to improve trade and foreign relation.
    Bush never visited any country before and during his presidency, thats why we had so much trouble and world hate us.

    February 1, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All I can said is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All this negativity iin this blog. I can't believe I'm reading noting but Hate. What have this world coming to. I would like to think we surpass all this nonsense. It is really ashame. Could you inmagine what a better nation without the hate

    February 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Albo58

    Well, you know what they say...if your country's economy is in the dumps, then go to Indonesia to think about it for awhile! What a complete boondoggle for a complete charlatan!

    February 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Dar

    Bama 4 Odumbo, I dont mind if he takes his wife, it wont cost us much more, big deal, I would take my wife.
    But Bama 4 Odumbo, are you really that in love with this guy? that you beleive everything that he says, come, wake up sister. He's not a bad guy but he is very unexperianced and he will and has made mistakes.
    Admit it.
    You kind of make me want to puke girl.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Bill

    CNN is supposed to be a safe haven for liberal democracts. So either 90% of FOX viewers have switched to view CNN, or all of these negative responses are coming from democrats. This is not good. When the presidents own base is turning on him, that means it is the beginning of the end for Obama. By the way I am a democrat, and flying to Indonesia in this economic enviroment is not very smart, nor do I approve.

    February 1, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    seebofubar February 1st, 2010 4:23 pm ET

    Relax all you rational people, let the lefties have their 15 minutes. This country has regained it's wits...

    Oh it's going to be wayyyy longer than 15 minutes. You're looking at about 7 MORE YEARS. But you are absolutely right, this country has regained it's wits after what will forever be known as the OBAMA 1-2-3 punch on Thursday. And he did'nt even break a sweat! He was smiling and enjoying toying with the "best" you had to offer. The country now knows WITHOUT A DOUBT that we elected the right man for the job.

    Meanwhile you and Hugo should join the "outstanding' team on FOX. They don't deal in facts and reality either. Bon voyage and best of luck.

    February 1, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. whaley41

    All you liberal lefties still blaming Bush!! Get over it!! Thats all you know is to blame Bush. BUSH IS NOT OUR PRESIDENT!!!

    February 1, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    not a bad guy but he is very unexperianced and he will and has made mistakes....
    What's love got to do with any of this Duh-Dar? This is politics my friend. You must not be a regular, so try to keep up. Of course he'll make mistakes,and has made them. So far I feel confident in how he addresses and recuperates from them.

    What makes us all puke is the uncanny ability that you right-wingers have in FLIPPING THE SCRIPT when you can't win an argument. Thanks for playing Duh-Dar.

    February 1, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Marc

    Hugo – You're not listening me man...
    Google Perkins vs Elg, it's a ruling from 1939 (OK I was wrong about the data) that states that NO MINOR (children specially) will lose his or hers natural born citizenship from the USA through the action of his or her parents. This ruling is still valid and your 'specialist' Phil Berg simply put prefers to ignore a valid SCOTUS ruling!

    February 1, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. polly

    Marie MD- Don't worry, the others are catching up. Do you think they will want to be our friends?

    February 1, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Obama Stood Toe to Toe With The GNOPers . . .

    And showed America, just why we elected him and not the Republics.

    February 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Dominican Mama 4 Obama (needs to get a job)

    It is so fun watching dems trash dems. dems and Independents are leaving Obama by the thousands every day, not because it is racist but because his policies are the worst this country has ever seen. It does kind of make sense that he is out of touch with americans. Living in Indonesia and Hawaii does not really make you very in tune with what is means to be an american.

    February 1, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. polly

    I like our way of life, I support helping others live this way, and I support freeing innocent people of viscious dictators.

    February 1, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Marshall

    So what exactly is the role of the Secretary of State?

    February 1, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Big Ed

    How in the world can the Republicans continue with the policy of "NO" and then look voters in the eye, tell them President Obama has had a year and he should be given no respect? You gave Bush eight years and then you think we don't remember all that went on during that time? Put down the "koolaid". It must be nice to take a break from reality...

    February 1, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. polly

    that is, vicious dictators

    February 1, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Justen in Florida

    wait... did we do somthing there we need to apologize for?

    How low do they bow anyway?

    February 1, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well employed, that's why some days I have more time than others to indulge in my "little secret" (blogging about stuff that's harder to change than shifting course on the Titanic!).

    Democrats, Democraps, Republican, RethugliKlan ultimately w're ALL Americans.

    Going home now, God bless.

    February 1, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Dar

    Mama 4 Odumbo, Okay you win, you made me puke.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming (yes mama it's coming)

    February 1, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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