President Obama to Visit Guam on Way to Australia

A statue of President Obama as a child was unveiled in Indonesia December 10, 2009 (photo by Jakarta Post)

February 2, 2010

President Obama will visit Guam and Indonesia on his way to a trip to Australia to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia.

Japan Today reported:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama will speak with U.S. service members on Guam, without elaborating. After stopping on the island, the president will travel to Indonesia where he is expected to formally launch a comprehensive partnership to broaden and enhance bilateral ties, the White House said. In Australia, Obama will hold talks with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to discuss a range of issues such as the global economic recovery, clean energy and climate change, and Afghanistan, it added.
President Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia and will be bringing his family along. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that President Obama will formally establish a partnership with Indonesia during the trip. From the Telegraph:
Dino Patti Djalal, a spokesman for Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said the visit was a chance for Mr Obama to set relations on a more equal footing.

"We want relations between Indonesia and the United States not only to cover one issue. There used to be an imbalance, only democracy and human rights," he was quoted as saying by Antara state news agency.
He said Indonesia was eager to discuss trade, the economy, technology and heath, among other issues
He also acknowledged that the visit would have a "sentimental" aspect for Obama, who went to primary school from 1967 to 1971 in the wealthy neighbourhood of Menteng, where a statue of the US president as a schoolboy was erected in December.
The last U.S. President to visit Guam was President Bill Clinton visited on November 28, 1998.


Anonymous said...

It may be a long time before a US president comes here to the ANTI-FEDERALIZATION islands, the CNMI. Stanley Torres has once again proposed to look at our relationship with the feds. What an embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

The President will stop in Guam because the plane needs to refuel and he can talk to the military. Half of the people in the CNMI are not even U.S. citizens! (Though they should be)

the teacher said...

Perhaps I will write him a "Welcome to the Marianas" letter.

Captain said...

This guy cannot get the US on track (only big debt) and now he wants to tackle the other nations and the world's.
He will open a trade pack with Indonesia for it's cheaper goods and kill what little economy is left in the US.
Well he may be looking at a political run in Indonesia after his this term is up as he won't be a two term US President.
(But this CNMI "clown" was not supposed to be either)

Anonymous said...

By all means teacher, write that letter. Just don't do it on my daughter's class time. please.

Wendy said...

Hi Captain:

What president could "get the US on track" immediately in these conditions? Everyone thinks that President Obama has a magic wand and that years and years of corruption and utter greed by Wall Street, big bank, big business and lobbyists with their "give me more money while sticking it to the little guy" games can be fixed with a blink of the eye. It's not going to happen.

You may be too isolated to understand the reality of what the average US citizen in the mainland is going through now. Most of us know at least 5 people who lost their houses, know at least 10 people who are unemployed, and at least 50 people who cannot afford medical treatment. Or we are one of those people. I, for one, have put off medical care because I can't afford it. Most of the middle class is on the verge of joining the statistics. Every day we see more homeless on the streets, more foreclosed signs all around us, and more closed signs on businesses.

Last evening I received a call from my Representative Alan Grayson who had thousands of people on the line. He was taking questions and comments from constituents. While I appreciate Congressman Grayson and was totally amazed at his astute responses, I hung up after listening for 20 minutes because it was painfully depressing to hear people relate their terrible situations. There is no president who can fix the problems in the US any time soon, especially as long as the lobbyists remain shadow legislators and partisan division in Congress trumps the American peoples' serious needs. People are literally dying from the crappy health care system that is serving primarily insurance companies.

captain said...

You said it. He should handle the home front first.
There are too many things and not enough space to go into it.
His approval rating is way down now and sinking steadily, along with the rest of his solutions.
His plan it to try and "buy" the way out of this "world" situation by putting our grand children and great Grand children and Great, Great, granchildren into immense debt.
I will get into this further later if it warrants.
I wish I knew how to "forward" articles to this site that would enlighten many of you Obama supporters.
Unless he pulls something out of his hat of tricks, he will be a one term President.
As far as being "isolated" I travel much and also have offspring and other contacts in many areas in the US and am aware of the world wide problems.
I (and many others) have lost everything we saved and worked for because Wall Street and other entities. We are now "stuck" with a small pittance compared to what we would have been sitting on for our retirement for our "easy years".Many of us have a hard time to even eat. Medical is out of the question (as you have stated)
Even the Phil. is much more expensive than US. Maybe three time more for medication. Even with the mandatory price cut in many drugs,and a non workable "Generic" drug law.
Also much of the food in the Phil is much more than in Guam and NMI.
I am sure there will be more people replying to this.
Lets see if i am a minority here.
But I respect your opinion, and other, no matter what it may be.

The Saipan Blogger said...

I'm glad that we have a president again who cares. I don't think Bush cared; he was flippant about everything.