Bush immediately caught his gaucherie. I agree with Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt that Rudd’s ineptness – he would have rehearsed his silly lines beforehand - probably partly reflects stage fright but there is also a measure of stupidity. This tedious, verbose, ex-bureaucrat could not handle the occasion.
RUDD: Mr President, you said that you had a warm regard for me because from a Texan point of view you found me to be a reasonably straight shooter. I therefore designate you as an honorary Queenslander.
In the great state of Australia (!), I come from the great state of Queensland (!).
It may surprise you that it's bigger than Texas.(laughter)
But can I say - but can I say quickly …
BUSH: Can you recover nicely, yeah? (laughter)
I suppose that, at least, he didn’t get the ear wax munchies.
The Australian media have made a lot of the fact that Bush and Rudd seemed to get on in public. What could be expected? Particularly when Bush realises he is dealing with a dill.
Of course Rudd has confirmed the announced exit of Australian troops from Iraq at just the right time. And to his credit he has apologised to the aboriginals, has ratified the largely irrelevant Kyoto Protocol, is holding a 2020 talkfest with 51% women and has just got Victoria to participate in the national water plan by paying farmers $1 billion to conserve water at more than four times its opportunity cost. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!