Prime Minister J. Gillard's speech to America

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  1. agvulpes profile image86
    agvulpesposted 7 years ago

    Did anyone bother to watch our PM Julie Gillard address to the American parliament?  I only saw a small snippet but what I saw made me squirm in my seat.  What I saw was cloying (and that is being kind) and I felt she went right over the top.
    I would really appreciate hearing from some Americans what they thought of our PM's speech.

    1. agvulpes profile image86
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It looks like some of the more higher paid and more savvy commentators may agree with me:
      http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/44996.html

      Does Australia really need another "All the way with LBJ" Prime Minister or is there an Agenda emerging?

  2. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    ABC net. Pretty sure no mention on TV. I never heard of it. Americans don't really care about anybody else but themselves. They know almost nothing about foreigners or foreign affairs. Hot spots in the world are called geography lessons. This has almost nothing to do with the people, but rather the state of the media. The major networks net are little more liberal because they know hardly anyone looks at them.

    1. agvulpes profile image86
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure what you are saying also applies here in Australia. Does anyone really know where 'Afghanistan' is located?

  3. profile image44
    ShortStoryposted 7 years ago

    We don't have a "parliament." And just who is this broad supposed to be?

    1. agvulpes profile image86
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The term was used in the sense as described by Wikepedia!
      "The name is derived from the French parlement, the action of parler (to speak): a parlement is a discussion. The term came to mean a meeting at which such a discussion took place".
      I will ignore the rest of your comment!

      1. profile image44
        ShortStoryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        The word you were looking for was 'Congress.' As in "Some old broad gave a speech to the Congress and nobody cared."

        1. agvulpes profile image86
          agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I was not looking for a word because I believe that the word I chose was contextually correct (from my perspective not yours)
          I still choose to ignore the rest of your comment. Cheers

  4. AnnCee profile image69
    AnnCeeposted 7 years ago

    Video of speech at link:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nationa … 6019358462

    Gosh, I think she's a superstar!  What's wrong with a little high-mindedness?  Thatcheresque!  Bravo!

    1. agvulpes profile image86
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Anncee it is nice to know how things are seen from another perspective!  As I said, there have only been snippets appearing on our news broadcasts and of course News stations have their own little 'agendas' running and they would want to show things in their worst/best light depending on which side of the fence they sit.

      1. AnnCee profile image69
        AnnCeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Maybe we'll see an American come to the forefront who can be a Ronald Reagan to Julie Gillard's Maggie.  I'd love to see a team like that again.

        Decency, optimism and confidence have been sorely lacking in politics for far too long.

        1. agvulpes profile image86
          agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Well AnnCee I don't pass any judgment on any other countries politics or politicians  other than to say: "sometimes you have to be very careful what you wish for"! hmm

          1. AnnCee profile image69
            AnnCeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Is Gillard not doing a good job?

            1. agvulpes profile image86
              agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Well, and this is totally my own opinion, considering that she is actually governing with a 'minority' government with the 'ass-ist-ants' of three independents and the man she deposed as PM for her Foreign Affairs minister she is doing a reasonable job. I feel she is still in a Honeymoon period!

  5. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Ag, I noticed that the local "Shock Jock" radio station interrupted it's endless barrage against her and the Labor Government to compliment her on her speech.

    I know these guys take the line of least resistance, so it looks like it may have gone over better than expected with the whinging extremists. That's a bit of a worry! smile

    1. agvulpes profile image86
      agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes Earnest having now had a chance to have a look at the speech I can see where it can only cement our relationships with America.

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It still made me cringe though! lol lol

        1. agvulpes profile image86
          agvulpesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Yep, me to lol we certainly do have the old 'cultural cringe' with regards to the way we are viewed by other nations!
          But "hey take us or leave us" that's what I say:lol:lol

 
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