November 9th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) - President Obama was “deeply moved” when he was awarded a gold medal of honor on behalf of his late mother during a dinner with Indonesian President Yudhoyono.
Yudhoyono praised Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, for her research on the role of women and the empowerment of the country.
"I am proud and humbled to accept this award on behalf of my mother,“ the president said.
“That you would choose to recognize my mother in this way speaks to the bonds that she forged over many years with the people of this magnificent country,” he said.
Ann Dunham, who died in 1995, lived and studied in Indonesia when the future president was six through 10 years old. This homecoming trip to Indonesia has been canceled twice this year- once because of the health care debate and again for the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Obama made a promise to the Indonesians that “it won’t take so long before I come back.”
The president is spending a day and a half Jakarta in the middle of a 10-day tour through Asia. His time in Indonesia is being cut short due to the volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi which is threatening air traffic.