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You may have updated news that Obama delays his coming to Indonesia (again). Last March when this first Afro-American president confirmed his delay, he was not only saying “No, I won’t come, Indonesia.” He stayed with his cabinet to struggle the legalization of the new Health Bill by the congress. And, now he also decides to stay with his people due to the tragedy of oil split on the Mexico Bay. Consequently, he has to cancel his visit to Indonesia and Australia, such risky decision for his foreign diplomacy since many believe that those two countries would be the bridge for Obama’s popularity in accordance with his global profile.
Well, I have to give salute to this president, because he proves his own commitment and legacy as a president. Obama himself shows how a real leader should be. He chooses to stay with a bunch of trouble bravely, instead of touring to other countries that contribute his famous much. He may have chosen to leave his country, give the command to the vice president to take a lead in the problem, and say to the press, “I am leaving for the future of America’s diplomacy. People, out there, should know that America is not against Moslem, America loves them, etc.” On the other hand, he didn’t.
Let’s look at what had happened here. Several months ago when Indonesian people were on the highest temper of facing Century scandal, where was the president? He didn’t do something that comfort his people quickly and just let the people argue and mock to each other. Even, he went to Australia for special occasion, receiving the Doctor Hounaris Causa, when many held big demonstration in front of the palace. Personally, I don’t like demonstration, I don’t suggest you yelling and screaming in public either. Yet, I do understand that Indonesian people don’t have any “better” way to voice their opinion, question, disappointment, and hope. You may have seen that even when they yelled and screamed, the government didn’t listen to them, how if they had only kept silent? Perhaps, the government didn’t even notice if there were people on the road.
As part of ordinary people, I don’t know what the president is doing and what he has done. And, frankly, I don’t like the president either. However, as an Indonesian citizen, I may have the right to have a care president, a leader who is willing to listen to the people. I am envy with those American people. They have a leader who puts the problem of the country in his first concern. They have a leader who doesn’t only think of what he should do to get the sympathy and popularity, a nice label of an ideal president.
However, I do understand that they’re just two different persons. Obama came from low-class society, even marginal society. I spent several years in America to stay with my Babe and I do understand how the people there treat the different skinned-people differently. Perhaps, the background contributes much effect on Obama’s leading way. On the other hand, our president came from military background. He may have had the same sad childhood with Obama, yet when he grew up in the military world, he had everything easily. You have to remember that he was the star in the military.
Well, may I hope to have a leader who is willing to listen to?