Kevin, you should know better. Please don’t tell me you are going to be one of these leaders who relies on journalists for advice about photo opportunities instead of making sound judgements and decisions in your own right. The job of a politician is to lead; not to try and please journalists. I don’t buy this rubbish about you saying you are good friends with Hillary Clinton. You won’t stay elected or be effective because of your pronounced friendships. It’s substance we seek, not imagery. And beware, that same imagery may come back to haunt you in November!
What you should definitely not be doing is meeting with either of the contenders publicly – that’s the key word - in the middle of a Presidential domestic campaign. The Australian government must via its actions and statements appear unbiased. At least Barack Obama had the sense to just get on with what he was supposed to be doing. He took your phone call Kevin - but he didn’t seek it. He is no grandstander. This is a man of substance. Please take note.
By calling so publicly on Clinton you have again reminded Obama supporters of your declared support for Clinton on the Rove McManus TV show in Australia last year. Kevin you have a reputation for being bookish so here is your homework for the week. Please read anything on the subject, ” The real Hillary Clinton”. There’s lots of authentic material out there. Then you will know what most people already knew!
As Australia’s representative it is surely not appropriate to appear to declare favourites in such matters. Members of the public are entitled to voice their private opinions in public, however as Prime Minister, your private views must remain exactly that, -private. Mr Rudd, I am sure you will improve with practice. Just stick to the substance. And people will stick with you! Isn’t politics a buzz?
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