So the UN Security Council bid is going well then
Julia Gillard once said she would rather be at home watching children learning in a classroom than roaming the international diplomatic stage. This week she’d probably rather be anywhere than the bathroom of her suite at the Waldorf Astoria.
The PM has been struck down with a stomach bug right when she really didn’t need one. She’s just had to cancel dinner with Barack Obama.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr was sent in her place overnight to deliver a speech Gillard was too sick to give. Did you hear the introduction he got at the business lunch where Gillard was supposed to give a glowing report on our economy? The fellow doing the welcome didn’t even know how to say her name.
Carr then went off notes and started talking about “galahs in the pet shops”.
To be fair this was only a few hours after Gillard herself gave a press conference where she linked her lobbying efforts in New York this week to coaching a team in this weekend’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals.
A couple of years ago I found myself in a gaggle of Washington journos whose full-time beat was the State Department. They seemed to find our bid for one of the rotating spots on the UN Security Council quaintly hilarious. That and the fact our former PM had been booted from his job by his own deputy.
I wonder what they would make of the galahs in a pet shop?
This whole thing is Kevin Rudd’s baby, but he doesn’t get to look after it any more. Yesterday he was preoccupied with a baby of a different kind, Tweeting the above picture of his granddaughter Josephine.
Do you think he might have been making a point?
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