Had enough of executive branch speeches this week? Well, here's one more from Down Under. No, don't click away. In what you're about to see, a mundane speech by an Australian cabinet minister becomes remarkable - but only when played up against clips of Michael Douglas as the president in the great Aaron Sorkin film The American President. Take a look at the video above.
Who's this cabinet minister? Does he have a name! Maybe he feels so embarrassed that he doesn't want to be known to the world?
Anthony Albanese is the ministers name.
Dang. Are politicians the same the world over? Disingenuous? Pandering? Hmmm....
I really don't understand the view Americans have that their president is some kind of a messiah/super hero. Seems to me that a president is someone you elect because you have to, so you don't want to pick someone who is going to screw up/screw you. It's when a president is elevated to some insane level of expectation (Obama) and then knocked down plenty of notches before he considered to be just another pragmatist. (Obama) Btw, that Aussie minister's speech was boring and aimless, but in the hands of President Michael Douglas (Nice ring, no?) it's a call to the American people to unite, stand together, and join in the struggle to defend the common good. Maybe should pick more presidents?
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