John McCaslin

Mr. Buchanan offers two sure ways to swiftly end the war, which is now spreading into the United States: Milton Friedman's way of decriminalizing drugs, or Mao Zedong's way of killing the suppliers and users. But Americans, he points out, would never adopt the Maoist solution, given this country's users are our "classmates, colleagues, friends, even family.

"Indeed, our last three presidents did not deny using drugs."


"He was a plump kid with big ears and very friendly," Kay Ikranagara recalls of the young Barack Obama. "He sat on a wall and flapped his arms like a bird" to make people laugh.

Mrs. Ikranagara and Mr. Obama's mother, Ann Dunham Sutoro, became lifelong friends when their children began attending school together in Jakarta.

"Like me, Ann was a child of the '60s who ended up in Indonesia, ready to take up challenges," she tells USAID Frontlines editorial director Ben Barber.

Mr. Obama's mother, who died of cancer in 1995 at age 52, spent more than 20 years in Indonesia working for USAID, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and other organizations. She worked especially hard to bring education to poor children and adults, and saw to the preservation of ancient village crafts, particularly textiles, which "was her love."

"If she were still alive, she would decorate the White House with Indonesian textiles," Mrs. Ikranagara says.


Clarification appearing in the Key West (Fla.) Citizen newspaper: "A front-page photo on the wing of Saturday's Citizen included a Photoshopped image of President Obama in front of the Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West. The image was intended as a photo illustration, as the president has never visited the museum in person."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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