Thursday, February 24, 2011

Obama's Nanny

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/world/asia/09indo.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1

 

Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry

By Norimitsu Onishi

The New York Times

Excerpt from p. 2:

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.

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