It is an honorable opportunity to be the invited guest from Indonesia Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) in Barack Obama Public Lecture in Indonesia today. My campus has been chosen as the academic institution to cordially welcome The President of United States in the first largest Muslim populated country.
He started his speech this morning by greeting to all of Indonesia and saying that Indonesia is a part of his life, a personal individual, and as The President of United States. He appraised Indonesia’s value of tolerance, peaceful democracy, and equality amongst the diversity of its people.
What I noted from his speech is that he highlighted on development, democracy, and diversity in Indonesia. He said Indonesia and America are engaging comprehensive partnership in all level, scope, and spectrum. Both Indonesia and America have stake to each other development: Indonesia as the emerging market in Asia Pacific and America as the standing economic power. The growing middle class in Indonesia is a potential market for American goods as well as a n alluring investment place. He hoped that more and more people of Indonesia could go to American school along with the more people of America to learn of Indonesia and gain more intercontinental understanding.
Further, he address that unlike in other country, development and democratization are reinforcing one another. He said Indonesia has experience a lengthy journey of democratization back from more that fifty years ago. He remembered about the struggle of Indonesian heroes to strive for independence, student activism in 1960s and 1999, and the peace power transition through a general election since 2004. He admitted that now Indonesia is a powerful democratic country in the world and continuing its leading initiatives in democracy.
The last thing is what I really grateful to be an Indonesian. I surely do not need Barack Obama to tell that Indonesia is a very amazing country with its diversity. People with different religions, ethnics group, traditional language can stand side by side and reinforce togetherness to establish a sustainable development. its openness of press, embracement of people aspiration, and inclusiveness are the shared values across the archipelago. And I feel this much clearer when I have personal experience to travel to another country and to feel that “Thanks God, I am Indonesian!”
This would be a memorable day for the rest of my life. I still can hardly believe that Barack Obama was right in front of me and addressing the word that shook the world instead of watching his video sharing for universal hope of change. He once again ignited me to learn more and work hard my country. I should finish my study in Indonesia to deepen my basic of nationalities and let me study abroad to broadening my horizon. This is the time for me to take the pillar of my generation. Yes, Sir, yes we can. See you in America!