the other for its cringeworthiness. As if you need me to tell you, last weekend was the meeting of the G20 leaders in Brisbane. Prior to the main meeting on Saturday, US president Barack Obama took the opportunity to address students at the University of Queensland. I wondered why he’d do that.
As I watched, it soon became clear that this was a very clever move indeed.
So do I, Mr President. I was logged on to Facebook while watching the speech, as were many journalist friends.
She joined the Facebook discussion saying: “I hope they do call it The Brisbane Speech. It was wonderful.”
I later saw Campbell Newman use the same phrase, and former governor Quentin Bryce called it: “One of the great speeches.”