Rudd caught out
Rudd is quoted in the Weekend Australian (25/10) saying in a conversation with President Bush Rudd raised the question of the G20 and Bush replied G20 - what's that? The call came though at a dinner Rudd was holding when he was called away to talk to Bush. He came back to the dinner and seemingly big noted himself to the dinner guests. This would suggest Bush is stupid and that would suit the dinner guests and supporters who still think Rudd is competent enough to handle the position of Prime Minister and that world leaders just hang about waiting for his wise words. The rest of us smelt a rat and questions have been asked by the blogging community. The media, still on a honeymoon and reluctant to point out their bride looks ugly in the cold light of dawn, have been predictably silent about the matter. The US have made it plain that Bush is well aware of G20 and that puts ex diplomat Rudd in a quandary. How to backup....I know, he thinks, I'll attack the libs for once suggesting al-Qaeda would welcome Obama as President and defuse the issue. Doesn't work. al-Qaeda are on record as preferring Obama as President in that they want Bush and the Republicans humiliated, but the question remains unanswered. If Rudd didn't say what the Australian says he did, and remember the editor-in-chief of the Australian was at the dinner, then why has he let the matter fester for a week without clarification? Because it suits him and his idea of what a statesman is. The article in the Weekend Australian portrayed Rudd as advising and convincing Bush to take a certain course in the attempts to calm the financial markets. It suggested a wise and knowing statesman was advising and setting straight a stupid republican president on how to handle a problem. The truth is more likely that world leaders now sees Rudd as blabber mouth, not to be confided in, as anything said in conversation could end up on the front page of the local newspapers in a manner that reflects well on Rudd and poorly on the guy at the other end. At least that's what the London Times report (London Times link from Andrew Bolt Ex diplomat...very ex! Ex Prime Minister....soon...please...before our name is mud.