Widodo: Indonesia’s ‘coolest’ president

   On the evening of July 25th, as soon as the special plane arrived in Beijing, Indonesian President Joko Widodo posted photos of himself and his wife getting off the plane after visiting China, one by one on his personal Twitter, Facebook, and Ins. Posted it again. Soon, more than 60,000 likes allowed people to see the president’s online appeal. Chased by millions of fans on the Internet, such a Widowmaker is definitely an atypical president.
  Diplomat Master
   Joko Widodo ‘s visit to China this time has created several “firsts” – it is the first foreign head of state ushered in by China after the Beijing Winter Olympics, and it is also the first stop of Joko Widodo’s first trip to East Asia after the epidemic.
   And just a day before his departure, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Milley, was visiting Indonesia. Such timing is obviously no coincidence.
   In a meeting with Indonesian military sources, Milley said he hoped to work with the Indonesian military to “respond to any challenges posed by China.” He also said the Chinese military had become more “aggressive and dangerous” over the past five years.
   Such blatant provocation is undoubtedly an attempt to undermine the atmosphere of President Jokowi’s visit to China.
   Even under the circumstance of being closely watched by the United States, Jokowi still regards China as the first stop of his East Asia trip, and his attitude is clear at a glance.
  The carpenter’s son becomes the president
   Speaking of Jokowi’s political career, it is a proper history of grassroots counterattacks.
   Joko was born into a poor family of carpenters in Solo, working in his father’s furniture store since childhood. When it was the most difficult, there was no electricity at home, so he could only go to a nearby mosque to do his homework.
   After graduating from university, he returned to his hometown to do the wood business, and later opened his own company and became a furniture wood merchant.
   In 2002, Joko founded the Indonesian Handicraft and Furniture Industry Association with friends and was elected as the chairman.
   Because the chairman did a good job, he ran for mayor of Thoreau on behalf of the Democratic Party of Struggle three years later, and the election was successful.
   Perhaps because of his civilian background, Jokowi didn’t have the air of an official when he was mayor.
   He does not receive government salaries. After signing the salary, he gives the money to the secretary to help the disaster victims and the poor.
   He is also committed to improving the efficiency of the administrative agency, cracking down on corruption, and rectifying the city of Solo in five years.
   With a good public base, Joko Widodo, whose popularity has grown rapidly, was elected as the governor of Jakarta by high votes in 2012.
   In less than two years as governor, he has implemented a series of projects that benefit the people: the introduction of medical insurance, the increase of the minimum wage, and the improvement of urban planning.
   In July 2014, Jokowi, as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party of Struggle, was elected as the new Indonesian president with 53% of the vote.
   Indonesian public opinion has used “popular expectations” and “people’s choice” to evaluate his election, and even the stock and foreign exchange markets have both risen.
   Of course, Jokowi, as president, has done more than these superficial efforts.
   After he came to power, he suppressed corruption with one hand and focused on economic development with the other, and achieved some real achievements.
  In the past few years, although Joko Widodo has failed to deliver on his promise of 7% annual GDP growth, the 5% annual growth rate is not slow, which made Indonesia’s economic aggregate surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2018.
   The number of poor people in Indonesia has also declined during the years under Jokowi.
   With his outstanding performance, Jokowi was easily re-elected in 2019, opening another five-year term in power.
  Bringing goods king + rock fan
   Joko has made his way in the political arena because of two words: close to the people.
   On Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Joko has more than 10 million fans. Here he publishes the news of his travels and records his interactions with the public.
   He doesn’t like to sit in the office, but likes to walk around the streets, often going to slums and markets to make “surprise” inspections. He refused government-issued buses and switched to fuel-efficient vehicles developed by Indonesian university students. When the flood broke out and people had to live in refugee camps, he knelt on the ground to communicate with the children during his inspection.
   Jokowi in life is cool too.
   He loves to ride motorcycles and often shows pictures with motorcycles. He also often leads cabinet staff to travel in formations on motorcycles, attracting the attention of countless young Indonesians.
   In the live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Indonesian Asian Games, he also made a cameo appearance as a motorcycle driver, and his appearance was very “burning”.
   In addition, Jokowi is also known as the leader of the leader. Before the “Double 11” in 2018, he put on a floral shirt and became a “big V with goods” in seconds and shouted about his own specialties. It has to be said that Joko Widodo’s role as “the people’s salesman” is undoubtedly to do his part to drive exports.
   In life, he was an avid rock fan. Throughout the campaign, he wore T-shirts with band logos like “Heavy Metal” and “Death Metal.” When he visited Denmark, the Danish Prime Minister agreed to send a signed album of the American “heavy metal” band, which made him speechless with excitement.
   In public, he would dance whenever he disagreed. No wonder in the hearts of netizens, he can be regarded as “the coolest president in history”.
   Jokowi once said: “The people have a lot of voices to tell me, and the only way to listen to them is to roll up my trousers, put on my slippers and walk out of the office, because now the people want to see leaders walking towards them.