Barack Obama vs Paris Hilton in Bali

Nov 21st, 2011, in Featured, IM Posts, Travel, by

Two of the United States' more famous citizens recently visited Bali.

Barack Obama & Paris HiltonThe US President and former Menteng kid Barack Obama made his second trip to Indonesia since taking office, as part of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Meanwhile, celebrity heiress/businesswoman/sex-tape star Paris Hilton was also in Bali briefly to open a new salon owned by high-connected Dutchman Rob Peetoom in Seminyak, Bali.[1]

The question is this: Whose visit contributed more economically/socially to Bali and Indonesia? Read the two candidates' itinerary, then vote. Ladies first:


Paris Hilton's Contributions

Paris Hilton gives a dog steak

- Gave a Rp714 000 ($US80) filet mignon steak to a stray (and potentially rabid) dog. She later tweeted Balinese dogs' poor conditions upset her so much she couldn't sleep.[2] This may encourage people to treat dogs in Bali more humanely in the future.


Paris Hilton visits an orphanage

- Visited the Yayasan Peduli Kasih Anak orphanage.[3] This may encourage many people to donate, and raise awareness of Indonesian orphans' conditions.


Paris Hilton's Tweets from Bali

- Sent highly complimentary tweets about Bali to her 5.3 million followers.[4] This may result in a future increase in tourist arrivals. (Unfortunately for her family, there are no Hilton hotels in Indonesia any more. The former Hilton Hotel in Jakarta is now the Sultan Hotel, while in Surabaya it's now the Singgasana Hotel.)


Barack Obama's Contributions

Lion Air boss signs Boeing contract in front of Obama

- Witnessed the signing of Boeing's largest ever sale: 230 Boeing 737 planes for Lion Air, at a price of $US21.7 billion.[5] This may enable Indonesians to travel around Indonesia and the Asian region more easily.


SBY & Obama in high fashion batik

- Announced a $600 million deal through the Millennium Challenge Corporation “to support environmentally sustainable economic development through clean energy projects and sustainable landscapes projects, community-based nutrition programs, and procurement modernization.” With Indonesia's President, he also reaffirmed their partnership and “commitment to strengthen democracy and human rights in their own societies.”[6] This is aimed to help Indonesia improve its environmental record while still meeting its people's energy needs and improving their welfare. This was despite some concerns in the USA about military abuses like this in Papua province, particularly at/near American-owned copper and gold mines there.


Yudhoyono & Obama Partnership

- Encouraged Indonesia to consider joining a new free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It would exclude China but comprise four ASEAN countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam) as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Peru.[7] This may assist Indonesia find new export markets, as well as reduce tarriffs, subsidies and other barriers to trade.


So who do you think did more for Bali and Indonesia? Vote now with a comment below:

  1. Paris Hilton
  2. Barack Obama
  3. About the same
  4. Neither PH or BO did anything helpful

25 Comments on “Barack Obama vs Paris Hilton in Bali”

  1. avatar 4hm4d says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I would prefer Barack Obama since he has greater contribution than what Paris Hilton did..

  2. avatar Michael says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Slight error in your text. You say there are no Hilton hotels in Indonesia, but in fact there is a Conrad hotel in Bali. Conrad is Hilton’s high-end brand.

    The old Hilton in Jakarta was under the Hilton International brand, which did not belong to the Hilton family business. Hilton took back the brand a few years ago, and many Hilton International hotels had to be re-branded because it didn’t meet the standards of the Hilton brand.

  3. avatar Tony says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    And let’s not forget the former Bali Hilton, now The Ayodha

  4. avatar Moronnic says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hilton Bandung Hotel, West Java, Indonesia :)

    I vote for Paris Hilton. She has more direct impacts than BO.

  5. avatar Greg says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Easy: Paris Hilton. During an earlier visit last year, President Obama quietly resumed training and arms sales with Kopassus — the Indonesian special forces unit/KGB equivalent that is responsible for serious human rights crimes and thousands of murders.

    I was an American living in Indonesia at the time. Google “Kopassus” — stuff like this is nearly always cut from U.S. media, but it’s true.

    The Sydney Morning Herald touched on the arms sales: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/kopassus-must-be-held-to-account-20100725-10qex.html

    Enough ranting, I’m done. :)

  6. avatar deta says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Paris Hilton:

    - Gave a Rp714 000 ($US80) filet mignon steak to a stray (and potentially rabid) dog. She later tweeted Balinese dogs’ poor conditions upset her so much she couldn’t sleep.

    Obama:

    - Gave $600 million to Indonesian bureaucrats. The uncertain condition of Freeport upset him so much he couldn’t sleep.

    At least Paris is genuine with her intention.

  7. avatar Oigal says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Well I think that is the first time genuine and Paris Hilton have been used in the same sentence.

  8. avatar David says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I vote Paris, well she did a lot more for tourism at least than BO. BO’s Twitter account doesn’t even have any mention of Indonesia/Bali – http://twitter.com/#!/BARACKOBAMA – his ‘campaign staff’ are more interested in tweeting stuff like

    Look cool while staying warm with our new #Obama2012 zip-up hoodie.

    We’re re-releasing the campaign’s limited-edition “Made in the USA” mugs. Get yours.

    Right.

    While Paris tweeted after getting home:

    Bali completely changed my outlook on life. Feel so #blessed. See the world differently.

    Was that genuine? You decide.

  9. avatar deta says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Look cool while staying warm with our new #Obama2012 zip-up hoodie.

    We’re re-releasing the campaign’s limited-edition “Made in the USA” mugs. Get yours.

    Can’t blame him. After closing a deal for the sale of Boeing to Indonesia, it’s only natural if he feels the need to expand the business in zip-up hoodie and mugs.

  10. avatar Oigal says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Good point, was pretty bizarre watching the neo networks bagging him for ‘wasting’ time in Asia. Gotta love the hillbilly level of political debate in the US these days.

  11. avatar ET says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Paris Hilton said

    Bali completely changed my outlook on life. Feel so #blessed. See the world differently.

    So did I, but that was a long time ago. I wonder where they took her and what roads she travelled. Or she must have been flown around by helicopter, far from the madding crowd.

  12. avatar David says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I suppose one interpretation of it is ‘there but for the grace of God go I’.

  13. avatar deta says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I think so :) . She feels so blessed she doesn’t live in Bali.

    Wait till she meet a charming Kuta cowboy.

  14. avatar BrotherMouzone says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    - Witnessed the signing of Boeing’s largest ever sale: 230 Boeing 737 planes for Lion Air, at a price of $US21.7 billion.[5] This may enable Indonesians to travel around Indonesia and the Asian region more easily.

    It might if they hadn’t been sold to Lion Air.

    Obama’s arrival resulted in a flight delay for me, so I’m voting Paris. Plus, she has a lovely pair of puppies…

  15. avatar Chris says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Brother Mouzone,

    Garuda took the unusual step of buying advertising space in The Jakarta Post to print an apology for the EAS-inspired delays at Denpasar Airport that weekend. They must have been large for Garuda to do that.

    We did warn people here.

  16. avatar ET says:
    November 25th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    deta

    Wait till she meet a charming Kuta cowboy.

    She probably has. That’s why she felt so ‘blessed’.

  17. avatar agan says:
    November 26th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    ^
    Now now there is no need to insult a Kuta cowboy !

  18. avatar Oigal says:
    November 26th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Meanwhile shoddy workmanship has killed another tourist in Bali with the cafe owner blaming others for the death (no surprise there, taking responsibility is something we never do in Indonesia).

    Poor kid was just out of high school..

    I remain amazed that Bali still has a tourist industry..dirty beaches, squalid tourist attractions and over priced.

  19. avatar myjayvyn says:
    November 27th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Paris hilton of course

  20. avatar Mauricio says:
    November 27th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Were it bad enough that these summits are held in Bali where the roads and airport are not up to the task, insult is added to injury by the entourage of pejabat and their wives who chose to visit the island. Gauging from their low esteem that politicians are generally held in Indonesia, you’d think that they’d try to travel more or less incognito. No, instead they chose to travel in convoys with police escort, sealing off roads well in advance of their arrival and blocking the traffic of legitimate tourists and residents. As far I am concerned, the summits can be held in another island. Leave Bali and its residents alone.

  21. avatar BrotherMouzone says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    @ Chris

    To be fair, I never blamed Garuda – I assumed the delays were due to cruddy airport management; even at the best of times Ngurah Rai airport is a joke…

    Do you know if they’re planning to add terminals or renovate at some stage in the future?

    Last time I was there, there was a big poster of a very modern looking airport, but I didn’t know if this was a firm plan for construction or the management’s attempt to trick delayed passengers into thinking they were in a much nicer building.

  22. avatar Chris says:
    December 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Brother Mouzone,

    Do you know if they’re planning to add terminals or renovate at some stage in the future?

    Last time I was there, there was a big poster of a very modern looking airport, but I didn’t know if this was a firm plan for construction or the management’s attempt to trick delayed passengers into thinking they were in a much nicer building.

    Yes, Ngurah Rai airport is being expanded.

    About a year ago, they were talking about building a new airport near Tanah Lot because there was no room to expand the existing airport. Then they later said it was possible after all to expand the existing airport. It probably won’t be finished for a couple of years yet, though. Same like:

    - the much-needed expansion/renovation of Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta.

    - the construction of Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, replacing the inappropriately located Polonia Airport.

    - the new airport in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

  23. avatar Mauricio says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    …and when and if the expansion is completed, demand would have surpassed capacity. Just like the Bandung Toll road, and the toll-road to the Puncak. For Christ’s sake, you’ve got 120 million people on the island of java, and all your kampung vision can imagine is a two-lane road. Forget about airports. To this very day, there is no modern highway across the country’s economic, political and cultural fulcrum, Java.

  24. avatar BrotherMouzone says:
    December 13th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    @ Chris

    Well that’s good news, I guess. But as Mauricio says, it wouldn’t surprise me if by the time the expansion is completed, demand has already surpassed the expansion. They shouldn’t be planning for today’s demand, they should be planning for 2020′s demand. And that surely means a minimum of 2 more terminals. I doubt they can fit that in the current location.

    The new terminals at Makassar and Jakarta are both pretty well designed – they would make a nice model for Bali to follow. At the very least, a baggage conveyor belt longer than the current one (which is all of about 10 meters long) would be a start.

  25. avatar Mauricio says:
    December 13th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    When I landed at CGK’s Terminal III for the first time I thought I had boarded the wrong plane and landed in KL.



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