Obama's Indonesia visit officially shortened
November 9th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Obama's Indonesia visit officially shortened

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) - President Obama is officially shortening his visit to this city because of fears that volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi could have grounded Air Force One, according to administration officials.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier told reporters aboard Air Force One that officials were closely monitoring the ash cloud and that forecasts show air traffic might again be disrupted because experts say volcanic ash can wreak havoc on jet engines.

Administration officials said late Tuesday the President's already-quick visit will be shortened by two hours, forcing cancellation of a wreath-laying ceremony on Wednesday and causing other tweaks to the schedule.

Obama will also start a speech at the University of Indonesia a little earlier than expected on Wednesday in order to get to his next stop, South Korea for the G-20 Summit, sooner.

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, said the speech, which will hit on key themes President Obama laid out in his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last year, remains a top priority. "We want to preserve as much of the schedule as we can," he said.

Two previous trips to Indonesia, where Obama spent four years as a boy, were cancelled because the President had to deal with health care reform in March and the Gulf oil spill in June.


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  1. 2zpoint

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    The abrupt trip ending made me think of the lyrics to a Jimmy Buffet Song. "I don't know...I don't know I don't know where Imma gonna go when the volcano blows!" ...I don't think that I would want to be there either! Those poor people! It is such a dangerous thing...I hope they can or have found a place to go!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
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