Obama The Menteng Kid

You probably already knew that President Obama spent a few years of his childhood in Indonesia with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. But did you know there was a children’s book and biopic about President Obama’s years in Indonesia?

The official poster for Obama Anak Menteng. They certainly found an Obama look-alike!

The official poster for Obama Anak Menteng. They certainly found an Obama look-alike!

The movie offers an entertaining if largely fictionalized account of a young Barry Obama. For one thing, he’s always making empassioned speeches about the importance of diplomatically resolving conflicts and how to be a great leader.

The plot centers around Obama’s struggles to fit in, find friends, and defeat bullies.

Spoiler alert: in the end, Obama learns from his sage and wise Indonesian stepfather how to use his natural leadership abilities and sensitivity to overcome adversity and reform his bully.

Next time you’re bored on a Tuesday night, the full movie is available on YouTube!

In Indonesian with English subtitles.

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