So I was thinking, as I so often do; I thought about Prime Minister Abbott, after my last entry about Prime Ministerial interviews – what will his legacy be?
I (over?) simplified John and Julia’s tenures into a series of bullet points as below:
I was trawling the internet today and came across the following article:
AN OPEN LETTER: TO THE PARENTS OF THE VICTIMS MURDERED BY ELLIOT RODGER
By Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher
3 Liberal, 1 Palmer United, 1 Green, and 1 ALP candidates all walk into a Red Room.
Meet Your Senators!
I had a bit of an argument with my parents about Tony Abbott the other day.
I argued at the time: Tony Abbott isn’t, in my personal opinion, an impressive statesman. After so long as a politician, he should have a better grip of diplomacy, personal image and the way he carries himself. I.e. Indonesian phone hacking scandal.
Barack Obama’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial service:
….watching it, I got the sense that it was more than just one for the ages. I liked it.
It had all the oratory hallmarks of Obama gold — tactical and extended pausing, eye contact, vocal crescendo peppered with the odd hand gestures. I had forgotten how piercing his eyes were, he seemed almost emotional at times — drawing long breaths as if to contain emotion at one or two points. He seemed quite moved.
These are my highlights and lowlights from his speech: