March 29, 2009
Performing on the international stage has never looked so challenging.
Rudd can do a beaut fandango in China when he wheels out his Mandarin speaking credentials, but it's a lonely party trick.
Wife Rein has been rubbished for her ruffled cuffs, looking sillier than Seinfeld in the puffy shirt episode. Therese was all decked out to perform a few clown tricks of her own to entertain the underprivileged kiddies when she visited Harlem. There is much to be said for a fashion statement that diverts attention from one's lesser features. We can only imagine that Therese has determined that her only good feature is her hands and she's working them!
PM Rudd, meanwhile, is being dismissed by the British press with nothing more than a few swipes of pithy ridicule.
"Style: charisma-free zone best known for drunken trip to a New York strip club," was how one newspaper described the Australian leader.
Under the "distinguishing features" of the leader it records: "cool exterior belies inner chaos. May wear RM Williams boots."
When the Ruddles were in the US (now touched down in London), Obama spent the bare minimum of time with Rudd that diplomatic decorum requires, canceling their lunch and handing him over to Hillary for the breaking of bread instead.
Rudd will need to pull some magic out of Rein's cuffs for the G20 schmooze, otherwise this OS trip will be damned with much feint praise: an embarrassing failure, in other words.