President Obama praised Indonesia, a country he lived in for a few years as a boy, for its religious tolerance and Democracy, but also addressed trying to mend years of "mistrust" and "frayed tensions" with the country.
To cheers and a standing ovation with flashing cell phone cameras, President Obama addressed more than 6,000 people at the University of Indonesia, speaking warmly of his years spent in Indonesia as a child.
"Let me begin with a simple statement: Indonesia is a part of me," Obama told the crowd in Jakarta, speaking in the language of Bahasa, the national language of Indonesia.
Obama spoke about how much Indonesia has changed since he first came to the country as a small boy, including both political and religioustransformation and the president addressed the issue of what he called "frayed tensions" between the United States and Muslim communities.And he said the United States is committed to easing those issues, something he reminded the audience he first addressed in a speech inCairo, Egypt last year.
"I said then, and I will repeat now, that no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust. But I believed then, and I believe today, that we have a choice. We can choose to be defined by our differences, and give in to a future of suspicion and mistrust. Or we can choose to do the hard work of forging common ground, and commit ourselves to the steady pursuit of progress," Obama said. "And I can promise you - no matter what setbacks may come, the United States is committed to human progress. That is who we are. That is what we have done. That is what we will do."