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April 26, 2014
On Board with President Obama in Malaysia

President Obama is welcomed in Malaysia with royal 
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King’s Palace (Istana Negara)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia_State Dinner_April 26, 2014
President Obama arrives for the State Dinner with Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Queen Haminah followed by Prime Minister Najib Razak
King’s Palace (Istana Negara)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 26, 2014
His Majesty King Halim and The Honorable President Barack Obama, 
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During the toast, President Obama expressed his deep gratitude to the Malaysian people for including some of his late mother’s artwork in a museum exhibit two years ago.  
He also spoke of Lyndon B. Johnson, the last American president to visit Malaysia in almost 50 years.  President Obama recalled how Johnson had been impressed during his 1966 visit by the “extraordinary vitality and eagerness he saw on the faces of the people of Southeast Asia.”

​President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during a
 joint press conference at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya_April 27, 2014

President Obama receives a tour from the Grand Imam (left) and 
Abdul Rashid Bin Md Isa (right) during his visit to
 the National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur 
Sunday, April 27, 2014
President Obama at Ease in the Region of his Early Years 

President Obama tossed off Malaysian phrases with ease during a state dinner in KualaLumpur. He also broke into a spontaneous exchange in Indonesian during a town hall meeting the next day. His personal connection to the region showed up in more subtle ways as well, as when he slowed his pace to keep in step with Malaysia’s king — a move many Malaysians saw as a cultural gesture of respect for an elder.

Obama’s sense of comfort in the region stems from his childhood time in Indonesia, where he lived between the ages of 6 and 10. That part of his past has garnered relatively little attention back home — an oddity that surfaces only when he does something that seems out of place, such as ordering green-tea ice cream during a campaign stop in Oregon.

On this trip it was different; the president was clearly at ease during his week-long visit to the region. And he was most comfortable in Southeast Asia, the place of his childhood.
Note:  It’s an understatement that our elected 2016 U.S. President must display a high level of comfort being on the world stage relating to various nations and it’s peoples as the world becomes increasing interconnected.  

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) and the
U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur are pleased to present: 
Ann Dunham’s Legacy: 
A Collection of Indonesian Batiks
An exhibition that showcases 20 batiks from the private collection of 
Dr. Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother

Dr.Maya Soetoro-Ng with a book based on her mother 
Dr. Ann Dunham’s work as a cultural anthropologist
 & her private batik collection 
which toured in six US cities and Malaysia

Ann Dunham at Borobudur in Indonesia, in the early 1970s

​Barack Obama hugs his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, at her wedding to Konrad Ng, third from right.  Sasha & Malia standing next to their 
great grandmother Madelyne Dunham, seated; Konrad’s parents, 
Joan & Howard Ng, brother Perry Ng and Michelle Obama
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Final country on board with the president, the Philippines
Be daripada Iman yang baik!
Be of Good Faith!
Camille Mitchell

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