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)
Post convention glow
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
on his forehead, in