September 16, 2003


Bill Clinton visited Australia in 1996. Anne Summers recalls his awesome awesomeness:

A notable highlight of the trip was on November 21 when Clinton stood in Sydney's Domain and addressed a lunchtime crowd. Thousands of people had streamed from the city to get a first-hand look at the famous president (and this was pre-Monica) and to have the incredible experience of hearing him speak in person.

As Clinton spoke that day, many in the crowd were in tears ... We liked what he said about our city and, by implication, our country. We felt proud and we were moved.

A signed copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass is on the way, Ms Summers. Naturally, Summers isnít expecting any joy from the next Presidential visit:

Bush's mere presence in the country is likely to be a lightning rod for protests. Exacerbating this will be the fact that he is being accompanied by Dr Strangelove himself, his Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

It remains to be seen how many Australians will want to tell Bush what they think of him, but it would not be surprising if anti-war protesters, Iraqis and even farmers - depending on what happens at this week's trade talks in Cancun - feel compelled to do so. It threatens to be 1966 all over again. What a pity it can't be 1996.

What a pity it canít be 2026, when Australiaís Sharia rulers decree that Summers not be allowed to speak in public.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 16, 2003 01:35 AM

The fact that there were no protestors when Clinton came is cause for disappointment. Had he acted on Iraq, sure uni studnets would have drawn up a few placards, but how many more Iraqis would be alive now? How many more would have tongues?

I remember Janette Howard tried to stop twits like Summers from coming to a lunch for Hillary but Hillary smuggled them in anyway, like dangerous drugs shoved up a rectum.

Posted by: Gabor at September 16, 2003 at 01:55 AM

Too funny, Tim, and thanks for setting that straight!
It's hard to tell about the Ozzie press sitting here in Texas, but it's clear that the Anglo-sphere shares so much, not the least of which are Clintonista knee-pad wearers in the 4th Estate who practice moral equivalence of Islamist murder as a religion.
The SMH, the BBC and the NYSlimes/WaPo, etc differ only in the loci of their HQs and their use of colloquial expressions.
Let's hope that shari'a gub'mint thang is only exagerration for effect in the case of all of our nations!
Bush and Howard are the Men.

Posted by: Jennie Taliaferro at September 16, 2003 at 01:55 AM

How dense do you have to be to get a journalism job these days? At this rate the Sharia rulers will be here a lot quicker than 2026!

Posted by: JEM at September 16, 2003 at 01:56 AM

Talk is cheap, whiskey costs money. Let's see how the protest-droids like it when the SS goes "weapons free"...

Posted by: mojo at September 16, 2003 at 02:34 AM

It's the US' fault Cancun failed???

EU all the way.

Posted by: Sandy P. at September 16, 2003 at 03:02 AM

Anne must wear out her kneepads at a furious rate!

Posted by: Mr. Snarky at September 16, 2003 at 03:15 AM

I can only hope that Ms. Summers may always retain such happy ignorance. Those of us so rudely awakened by 9/11 have chosen now at a date we hope is not too late to take a stand on freedom's wall. Ms. Summers seems to want to stand behind us and give us hell for blocking her view. If we are successful, then the cataclismic event necessary to shake her world may never come to pass. If we are lucky, we will forever rate her scorn.

Posted by: Wen at September 16, 2003 at 03:34 AM

'What a pity it can't be 1996' - Ah, nostalgia for past glories. Some of the old Left today are such reactionaries.

Posted by: Softly at September 16, 2003 at 04:08 AM

Pfft. Any leftist with half a brain (heh) knows that it's Wolfowitz as Dr. Strangelove, not Rumsfeld.

Posted by: Parabellum at September 16, 2003 at 06:21 AM

Hmm, what's that spot on your dress, Ms. Sumners?

Posted by: SteveMG at September 16, 2003 at 08:24 AM

Some Clinton stories about two members of the Australian chattering class whom I know.
When Clinton was first elected one of my male colleagues shouted out, "We've won!"
And on that November 21 another of my colleagues proudly came to work boasting that he'd been among the masses who shook hands with the great man.

Posted by: Angela Bell at September 16, 2003 at 10:58 AM

NEWSWEEK POLL: Bush and War on Terror
Saturday September 13, 12:33 pm ET
Fifty-One Percent Oppose Bush's $87 Billion Request in Additional Funding for Iraq and Afghanistan; 55 Percent Say the President Did 'Bad Job' in Preparing the Public for the Costs
To Protect U.S. From Another Attack, 66 Percent Say 'Very' Important to Capture or Kill Bin Laden; 60 Percent Say 'Very' Important to Capture or Kill Saddam
Approval of Bush's Handling of Iraq Drops to 51 Percent...

Posted by: Gadzewks at September 16, 2003 at 11:30 AM

We hillbillies up here in the Deep North intend telling Dubya what we think of him by roaring around the streets, drinking Budweiser (urgh, but you can't buy Lone Star or Colt 45) with Wild Turkey chasers, and mercilessly mocking any dreadlocked idiot we see doing anything to insult the President or any other Americans. But then again we're just dumb ol' boys, not like them smart southern proest types.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 16, 2003 at 11:34 AM

Summers is also probably enamoured with Bubba because he has shown to not be at all fussy where he parks his slick willie, and even a hideous troll like Annie-poo could probably get the horny old pillock to pork her out in the tool-shed. What a status boost with her ilk- I played hide the presidential plonker!

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 16, 2003 at 11:38 AM

Habib is right. Summers is just a tired old tart,a power groupie, bitter and twisted because this is one leader she won't be able to bed.

Can't wait for the Sharia rulers to force her into a burqa, preferably with one of those leather face masks as well.

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at September 16, 2003 at 11:49 AM

"What a pity it canít be 2026, when Australiaís Sharia rulers decree that Summers not be allowed to speak in public."

God, Tim, you're still the funniest blogger around.

Posted by: Aaron at September 16, 2003 at 12:42 PM

Habib wrote:
'even a hideous troll like Annie-poo could probably get the horny old pillock to pork her out in the tool-shed.'

Could they make it a threesome with Germaine Greer, the hag who has been infesting Australia this past week?

Maybe not, Bill would feel left out.

Habib, by the way, Wild Turkey is FRENCH.

Posted by: pooh at September 16, 2003 at 02:06 PM

I would like to meet former Pres. Clinton in person some day. He *has* to have some sort of magnetism to have people love him the way many do.

I still can't understand why the African Americans have embraced him as 'one of them', going so far as to claim he was the first black president.

Pres. Bush has a much more diverse staff, has blacks at the center of power in Washington, yet Bush gets nowhere near the acclaim Clinton does.
Clinton was a lot of talk and no action. Bush acts but doesn't talk as well.

I prefer action and deeds over words and magnetism. I know I'm in the minority. I just can't understand why people are so willing to overlook whatever Clinton does and treat him like a god.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at September 16, 2003 at 02:44 PM

I just recalled the take-over of Hiram Walker (another reason to hate the fithy snail-gobblers) so Maker's Mark it is then; and please don't tell me it's owned by the Syrians.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 16, 2003 at 04:23 PM

Hey habib, good ole boys dont drink colt 45 - colt is black ppl's beer. my tip, dont drink colt or schlitz malt liquor in front of any white southerners; you'll be told over and over the error of your ways. ps, The schlitz malt is the only beer in america that tastes like aussie beer. The rest is mostly goats piss.

Posted by: roscoe p at September 16, 2003 at 05:20 PM