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Obama Shortening Australian Visit to Spend More Time in Indonesia

Morgen on March 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Allies? Who needs allies? From today’s Sydney Morning Herald (emphasis added):

Barack Obama’s trip to Australia is going ahead but his 24-hour visit will be contained to Canberra.

The US President will address Federal Parliament on March 26 after flying from Bali the day before and dining with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Lodge.

Mr Obama’s shortened itinerary – which allows him to spend more time in Indonesia – will include a meeting with Governor-General Quentin Bryce and a range of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Australia-US alliance.

Mr Obama was forced to ditch his original plans for a family trip to Australia due to his bid to clinch a historic revamp of America’s healthcare system.

Apparently the President’s decision to delay his visit will also cost Australian tax payers an extra few¬†million dollars, as the Australian parliament was originally scheduled for a recess beginning on Thursday of this week, but will now be held in session waiting for Obama’s arrival a week later. (I wonder what sort of DVD collection the President has picked out for Prime Minister Rudd?)

Also, while the leadership of the largest Muslim country in the world will no doubt be welcoming the President with open arms, some Indonesians seem shall we say a little less than thrilled about his upcoming visit.

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