I have been reading the transcript of the WH media conference and I’m thinking George W would have made the ‘Son of Sam’ look strong in social leadership credentials.
I’m not gloating here, but the Bush bankruptcy shows up just reading statements such as: “…and he [Rudd] is committed to the same values that I'm committed to: rule of law, human rights, human decency.” Pinocchio territory at its best, you can just see that nose growing.
“There's an interesting moment for all of us to recognize that we can become less dependent, in our case on foreign oil, and at the same time be good stewards of the environment.” Yeah George, sure…
For my cobber D.K. – Redheaded Wisdom – I need to reveal that George W can actually say thank you: “And I want to thank very much the Australian government and the Australian people for their willingness to help a young democracy such as Afghanistan. “
Apart from the consummate piss taking, something Aussies do very well, Rudd was slow and deliberate in his delivery. Rudd has his detractors here, mainly among the media and political elite, but his plodding, determined style sells well when juxtaposed with Bush’s verbal diarrhea. The biggest cringe was the actual WH transcript, complete with typos.
One thing Australians want is a continuation of the bond between our countries. We can be rough on our friends, including the
Rudd confirmed that in his opening statements: “Our alliance doesn't simply reflect our shared past. Our alliance defines our common future as two of the world's great democracies.” Speaking to Americans he added: “…the reason I'm confident of that is because it's rooted in shared values. We actually take the idea of democracy seriously.”
Meeting Clinton, McCain and Obama
Demonstrating that, Rudd will meet with leading Presidential candidates this week, following speculation over his plans to hold discussions with Republican and Democratic leaders.
He confirmed that he would be holding face-to-face meetings with both Republican nominee in waiting John McCain as well as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton - an over the phone meeting will be held with Barack Obama due to his campaign commitments.
Meanwhile the old guard here at home are still trying to find a position on Rudd’s performance. Liberal leader Brendan Nelson says apparent friendship between Rudd George W is a good thing for
For most of us it is the future now that counts. However how Rudd, relates to bush is marginal, meeting with major presidential candidates is an imperative if we are to maintain a strong relationship. We have some hard traveling to do together now.