Indonesian Neighbors Used to Call Chubby Young Obama ‘the Boy Who Runs Like a Duck’


Maybe there’s another reason besides volcanic ash that Obama is cutting his trip to Indonesia short. Among the handful of eye-opening tidbits that emerged when the Times talked to locals about the boy they once knew as Barry — such as the fact that his former nanny later joined a transvestite group called Fantastic Dolls, who, as per Jakarta custom, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball (volleyball?) in the street — is that young Barry was a sort of amateur Vizzini.

Maybe if the president had used a little of that rhetorical chicanery to sell his policies to the public, we wouldn’t be so familiar with the word “shellacking.”

Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry [NYT]