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According to his national security aide “the president is very much looking forward to his visit“, which is “standard protocol” and will give Obama a chance to have a “bit of a check-in” with the Muslim world after his “much lauded” Egypt speech.

President Obama will also celebrate “Hero’s Day” commemorating “the Battle of Surabaya, in which Indonesian soldiers defeated British and Dutch troops to win the nation’s independence in 1945″.

But he won’t visit a Sikh temple in India because he’s afraid the headgear will make him look like a Muslim.

Okay Barack, if you say so.

(Politico) — President Barack Obama will visit one of the world’s largest mosques when he makes good on a long-delayed promise to visit Indonesia, the island nation where he lived briefly as a child.

The president will visit Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta — the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third largest Muslim house of worship in the world — during his swing through the country Nov. 9-10. Islam is the dominant religion in populous Indonesia, making it the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

White House national security aide Ben Rhodes said the visit is standard protocol for Obama, who visited the famed Blue Mosque while on a visit to Turkey shortly after his inauguration. “When he visited Muslim-majority countries as president, he has often visited the most prominent mosques,” Rhodes said.

The president’s high-profile visit, however, could stoke the heated confrontation over the Park51 Project, an Islamic cultural center and mosque planned for a site just north of where the World Trade Center towers fell in Manhattan on Sept. 11. In August, Obama roiled the simmering debate when he declared that Muslims have a legal right to build the cultural center — a statement which angered opponents who saw the center as an affront to victims and rescue workers who died on Sept. 11 — but he later said he didn’t think building the cultural center was a good idea.

Rhodes cautioned against linking Obama’s statement about the Park51 Project and his visit to the Jakarta mosque. “I would not conflate the two,” he said. “When we planned to go to Indonesia in March, we planned to go to this same mosque.”

Obama had called off his first visit to Indonesia to focus on passing the stalled health care bill, and he canceled a rescheduled visit in the aftermath of the BP-Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill Gulf of Mexico in April.

“The president is very much looking forward to this opportunity,” Rhodes said.

After a tour through India, the Indonesia leg of the president’s trip to Asia will kick off on Nov. 9, when Obama meets with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta. An official state dinner will follow that night.

The next day, the president will celebrate “Hero’s Day,” an Indonesian holiday. It commemorates the Battle of Surabaya, in which Indonesian soldiers defeated British and Dutch troops to win the nation’s independence in 1945. The president will lay a wreath at a cemetery and then visit the Istiqlal Mosque, followed by a speech in a yet-to-be-determined venue.

Rhodes said Obama will discuss the “close ties” of the two countries, as well as American outreach to the Muslim world and Indonesia’s success as a democracy. He’ll also touch on his own childhood in Indonesia. It’ll be a big crowd, as Obama is “very popular” because of his biography and policies, Rhodes said.

“He wanted to have the opportunity to reach more Indonesian people,” he said. And it’ll be “a bit of a check-in” with the Muslim world after the president’s much-lauded speech at Cairo University in June 2009.


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  • He'll be right at home, because they say "God damn America!!!" there just like at Reverend Wright's mosque in Chicago.

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  • Of course he'll visit the local Mosque. He's a Muslim dual citizen of Kenya and Indonesia, it's only right he visit his fellow Jihadis, it's common courtesy.

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    • You do realise that the USA had to fight us (the British) to win independence too. Surely you can at least consider that common history. Or do you think that the US should remain neutral on imperialism.

      I hear that he's going to celebrate the 4th of July too; I guess he really must hate us!

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  • Obama disgusts me.
    Impeach the muslim fraud!

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  • So our Half Breed President is going to pay homage to a bunch of Child molesters?,..

    don't surprise me a bit,...

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  • I wonder who he'll ass-kiss now. At least he'll feel right at home.

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  • Let's hope Obama leaves behind a suitcase nuke.

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  • %u201CIf you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.%u201D %u2014Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965
    this is exactly where we non More..

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  • Just a few days ago, he made a speech using the car analogy of telling Republicans they can "ride in the back of the bus". I've never heard a BLACK man use that term. It's an insult to Rosa Parks.
    Now he's going to visit a mosque. Go ahead, Nobama, you are just diggin' your own political grave

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  • This is the lunacy of the democrat's pc BS. But he won%u2019t visit a Sikh temple in India because he%u2019s afraid the headgear will make him look like a Muslim. Then he says he will visit muslim mosque... that is the issue not that he will visit another mosque meanwhile he wont speak unless cross of christ is hidden & snubs any visit of a synagogue. This makes the defense of well Bush visited a mosque precepts look just as ignorant.

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  • oh no the horror! next he'll be holding and kissing the hands of Saudi Sheiks like Bush!

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  • You people are seriously pathetic. Your narrow view of the World is just amazing: You morons do realise it helps to build relations with the muslim world don't you? Ah that's right, you're under the impression that the west should bomb every muslim country and... and what exactly? You right wing psychos should be locked away. You contribute nothing.

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    • Yeah, because you Danes have this whole Islamic militant thing handled, don't you?

      Go ahead, asshat infidel, talk some sense into them...I'm sure they'll be receptive.

      Oh, and if they invite you to a disco in Bali...

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    • Unlike you weak, coward Euro pussies, we do not bow down and submit to our enemies. This impostor president does not represent us.

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    • That will be the same Indonesia who the US supported in its fight to establish an independent secular democracy. The same Indonesia who was an ally of the US against the communists during the cold war, and the same Indonesia who has been at the forefront of the struggle against Al Qaeda in the region over recent years. And yet they are still your "enemy"!

      With enemies like these, who needs friends!

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    • Exactly....trolls with no sense of history or fact because it doesn't fit their tiny tiny "World View".

      And of course they have forgotten ANY trip to a mosque by ANY Republican (both Bushs) or that Ronnie was so astute that he sent a cake and bible as a gift to Shi'a mullahs while circumventing the Constitution...but hey....who cares about those pesky facts, details and truth.

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