Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama-love in Asia

Don't everybody just love 'em some Obama? Mostly, hopefully, this love is based on policies and character, but sometimes it's more about the fact that he's one of us. So obviously they are partying hard down in Harlem, Chicago and Nairobi to celebrate the election results, but Obama qualifies as "one of us" in a couple of other happy places too.

Case in point: the fishing village of Obama in Japan, which has embraced wholeheartedly the man who bears its name. Festivities (left) include a dancing troupe of "Hula Girls", in honour of Obama's Hawaiian birthplace. You can read about that here.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, students at the SDN Menteng 01 school are in similar raptures. The young Barry Obama, as he was then known, studied at the school in Menteng, Central Jakarta, where he is now commonly known as "Anak Menteng" (The Menteng Kid). They've been allocating 15 minutes every day to pray for an Obama victory, and clearly it has paid off. Students at the primary school (pictured below) are inspired to shout, sing and in one girl's case, pick her nose, by the electoral results. You can read about that here.

(I feel bad for this girl having her photo taken while seemingly in the midst of an excavation, but damn, there's just something so Indonesian about that)

1 comment:

  1. Buy the Belechan DownstairsNovember 11, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Hahaha nasal exploration. Those kids prayed for 15 minutes a day?

    Dizamn. Go Barack!