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Indonesia 1968: Birth of a Hope & Change Philosophy

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By Doug Powers  •  November 9, 2010 01:46 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

According to a New York Times article about Barack Obama’s early years in Indonesia, clues as to the future president’s economic philosophy were evident at a young age:

One time, recalled the elder son, Slamet Januadi, now 52, Mr. Obama asked a group of boys whether they wanted to grow up to be president, a soldier or a businessman. A president would own nothing while a soldier would possess weapons and a businessmen would have money, the young Obama explained.

Mr. Januadi and his younger brother, both of whom later joined the Indonesian military, said they wanted to become soldiers. Another boy, a future banker, said he would become a businessman.

“Then Barry said he would become president and order the soldier to guard him and the businessman to use his money to build him something,” Mr. Januadi said.

Some things you never outgrow.

**Written by Doug Powers

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