20 June 2009
The Singing President -- All The Way With SBY
I wonder if things are getting desperate in the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (or SBY as he is affectionately known) camp. It seems on a recent campaign stop the big announcements of a policy nature have been overtaken by the public performance of the President's new song. The song, "Is There?", was performed by Indonesian Idol winner Joy Tobing to a receptive crowd of about 3,000 in Pekanbaru, Riau.
I always figured that a president would be too busy to be promoting a new song when he could be doing the things that presidents do when they are being presidents. Or, in an election cycle, campaigning on the substantive issues of what he might be wanting to accomplish should the people see fit to give him another term in office.
Indonesian campaign events often include, or is it always includes, celebrities. Therefore, why should anyone be surprised when the biggest celebrity of them all is the current president himself (photo courtesy of Kompas and Kristianto Purnomo).