Famous for bowing before dictators, despots and mayors, U.S. President Barack Obama today was left confused as to whether he should bow before Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, another deeply unpopular incumbent. Confused, he simply bowed for the camera.
YOU’RE the most powerful man on the planet, the leader of the free world, but you will sit here, and here only.
So the humble note dictated.
In a moment of protocol madness – or the work of an obsessive-compulsive staffer – US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard were left in no doubt where to put themselves when they huddled together in the latter’s office for a casual chat for the cameras.
Stuck loosely to the back of the ’80s-style carpeted armchairs were two notes bearing quite distinct designations: President and Prime Minister.
There were other sticky notes dotted around the room, stuck on chairs for other dignitaries and staffers to prevent any widespread seating panic.
Curiously, Obama doesn’t show Gillard nearly as much affection as another world leader.
The Tower of Glower also made the trip to Australia. Let’s hope they didn’t take separate flights this time.
Note to my friends in Australia: Get used to a lot of gushing about toned arms.