Oh there is so much to learn about President Obama from the Times travel story about his Indonesian trip, finally coming to fruition today after three delays. Like how Barry, as he was known while growing up there as a boy in the late 60s, said he wanted to be president. And how he went to Roman Catholic church service like everyone else. Oh, and how he was raised by a gay guy who would later become a member of a cross-dressing entertainment group.
Mr. Obama’s family rented the guest house inside a compound belonging to a prominent physician. There, according to the neighborhood’s longtime residents, the young Obama, who had already experienced differences in class and religion in his short stay in Indonesia, was exposed to another aspect of Jakarta’s diversity.
His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.
At last, we learn why the president is taking such a muted approach to LGBT equality: he doesn’t want to interrupt the natural process of gays entering the arts.