"Dreams from My Father" – the autobiographical memoir of U.S. President Barack Obama was published in 1995, but written by Obama during an extended Bali holiday in 1993 spent in Ubud.
With many citing the books as providing the catalyst for the meteoritic political career that saw Obama rise from community organizer to U.S. Senator to his eventual election to the Whitehouse in 2008.
To commemorate both the author and the book he wrote, a plaque was dedicated during the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
at a simple ceremony attended by the (then) Minister of Culture and Tourism
Jero Wacik, the governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika and the raja of Ubud Gde Tjokra Putra Sukawati .
Jakarta businessman Ron Mullers and Metro TV broadcaster Dalton Tanonaka helped finance the plaque.
The plaque has recently found a permanent place of pride at the entrance to the Kopi Bali Restaurant
where many tourists are stopping to pose for a photo, recording a proud past moment in Ubud’s history.
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is a picture of Dalton Tanonaka posing with the Obama Commemorative Plaque at Kopi Bali Restaurant
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