Rudd like a pig in mud in the Foreign Ministry
It’s hard to imagine a politician more comfortable with the convoluted parlance of international diplomacy than Kevin Rudd.
The freshly-minted Foreign Minister just held his first press conference to announce he’s zipping off to Pakistan enroute to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week (that’s “the UNGA” to the cool kids).
It was a very different Kevin Rudd to the surly-looking outcast at yesterday’s ministerial swearing-in ceremony (you can read Sam Maiden’s account of yesterday here.)
There’s been some speculation Julia Gillard’s appointment of the man she knifed to the high-profile role on the world stage was a tactical blunder. But after today’s reminder of just how much Rudd gets off on round table discussions, bi-lateral meetings, and even coffee with senior diplomats, it now seems like a very good idea.
A happy, busy, Kevin Rudd is going to be much more use to Gillard than he would be stewing away in a puddle of bile on the back bench.
He’s back where he always belonged.
His press conference was a lesson in just where Rudd came from.
He’s off to “a meeting - a high level meeting” on Sunday where he’ll be able to brief his “international colleagues” after his time “on the ground” in flood-ravaged Pakistan.
He talked about nations as “developed and developings”.
His desire to visit Pakistan was cemented after he “sat down for coffee with the head of Ausaid just a couple of days ago”.
The newly energized and invigorated Rudd was able to shrug off questions about his demeanour at yesterday’s swearing-in with a casual sledge against David Marr.
He comitted himself to serving as Foreign Minister for the full term of Government, and restated that “our national interest are at stake” in the bid to get a spot on the UNSC (United Nations Security Council to you).
Rudd hasn’t looked this chuffed since Cate Blanchett’s last baby was born. Sometimes giving people what they want can be a very good idea.
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