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Jokowi gives Obama homely welcome at Bogor Palace

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Former US President Barack Obama (left) walking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting at the Botanical Garden near the presidential palace in Bogor, Indonesia on June 30, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gave former United States President Barrack Obama – and his lookalike – a modest yet warm welcome at Bogor Palace on Friday (June 30).

No reception was held for the former president, who spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, as he was visiting in a private capacity as part of a nine-day vacation in Indonesia that started on June 23.

Only Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their youngest son Kaesang Pangarep greeted Obama on the terrace of Bogor Palace at 3 pm.

Standing next to the car, Obama exchanged a few words with Jokowi for a few seconds before the President introduced Iriana to Obama.

Jokowi later introduced Kaesang and explained a few things about him to Obama, who later gave a thumbs up to Kaesang for the explanation.

After the brief exchange, Obama, who wore a blue long-sleeved shirt, embraced Jokowi and walked next to him into the palace and into the Teratai Room to sign the guestbook.

Jokowi later drove Obama in a golf cart to the Grand Garden Restaurant, located in the palace compound, where the two talked for 30 minutes and enjoyed Indonesian food before Obama left for Jakarta.