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Obama Abroad

President Will Travel Next Month to Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore

Updated 5:02 p.m.
By Scott Wilson
President Obama will travel to four Asian countries next month, but will skip over his childhood stomping grounds of Indonesia.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that Obama would begin his week-long trip Nov. 12 in Tokyo. He then travels to Singapore for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

He will conclude the trip with stops in China, where he will visit Beijing and Shanghai, and in South Korea, where he will go to Seoul and visit with U.S. troops stationed in the country.

But no Indonesia, where Obama spent some time as a child and writes about fondly in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father." At least, not until next year.

Gibbs said Obama met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last month, where he broke the somewhat disappointing news.

"They agreed on the importance of having a visit that would showcase the importance of a growing U.S.-Indonesian bilateral relations," Gibbs said. "After reviewing the possibilities, they agreed the best time for such a visit would be sometime next year, at a date to be mutually determined by each side."

Already, the president has visited 16 country -- the most in the first year of office by any president, according to a report by McClatchy News.

Posted at 4:12 PM ET on Oct 7, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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"Obama's First Year Travel Sets Presidential Record", full story at Funny how the rest of us are in the midst high unemployment, high deficits and a struggling economy, but Obama thinks nothing of flying hither and yon on our dime. You might want to note the paragraph near the end of the story: "A total of 77 other aircraft were used on one multi-country trip to Asia by former President Bill Clinton in 2000, according to the Air Force Times, including 14 C-17 Globemasters, 12 C-5 Galaxys, three C-141 Starlifters and two C-130 Hercules. ABC News at the time estimated the cost of that trip at $50 million. The totals also don’t count the costs of first lady Michelle Obama’s trips when she flies abroad." Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Boy oh boy, those DemocRATS sure love to spend our money don't they?

Posted by: profmoriarty | October 8, 2009 1:19 AM

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