= President Obama speaking Indonesian with State Department person, Charles Silver, who was in Peace Corps Malaysia with Jim and Pinky in 1968! also Balinese dancers!
Students at Obama's old school in Menteng, Jakarta, celebrate (from The Jakarta Post)

Menteng students overjoyed with Obama's win

The Jakarta Post   |  Wed, 11/05/2008 3:02 PM  |  Jakarta

"Obama... Obama... Obama... We love you!" yelled hundreds of students from all grades in a Menteng elementary school in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, as they watched results come in for the U.S. presidential election.

Students and teachers were overjoyed to suspend classes, gather in a 1,500 square meter ballroom and witness how a former student of the school became elected the next president of the United States.

Headmaster Kuswadiyanto said the teachers and students had been starting their school day differently during the past few days.

"Every morning before lessons start, we've been praying for Barry, hoping for him to win the election," Kuswadiyanto said, as quoted by

As tallies on the television screen grew and confirmed Obama's win, all the students expressed their happiness by running around, scattering all over the place, dashing out of the ballroom and roaming the schoolyard even though rain was pouring down.

Obama's victory was also their victory. They were proud that the one-time Menteng student had became the leader of the most powerful country on the planet. "I want Obama to come here so we can talk with him," said Ajo, a fifth grader.

The teachers said the school would pray for Obama again on Thursday. "We want to express our thankfulness, so we will continue praying for him.... Today we are just enjoying this victory with the students," Kuswadiyanto said. (and)

Garrison Keillor -- Sitting on top of the world
Indonesian BBC interviews with Gail, etc.

Pinky in Grant Park -- Trib photos (not of Pinky)
(Note that this ticket was totally useless for getting me anywhere near a place where I could actually see anything. Ah, but the ambience.....)

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Post convention glow
Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak / August 1, 2004)
On the heels of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama headed out for
 a five day tour through Illinois, pausing to hold a baby with "Baby 4 Obama" written
 on his forehead, in DeKalb, Ill.

pictures from Pete Souza