vegemite wars

This video is great:

President Obama and PM Gillard applaud after singing “Happy Birthday” to teacher Colette Fraley

“Before she started teaching she was a journalist,” Obama said. “So she decided to make a change and do something useful. I couldn’t resist,” he smiled at the reporters.

President Obama and Australian PM Julia Gillard speak with advance placement US history students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, March 7


President Obama laughs after being asked about vegemite with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

PM Gillard was asked “what is vegemite”, and explained what it was. She said she and the President disagreed about it.

“It’s horrible,” he said.


29 Responses to “vegemite wars”

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    March 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Boy, I wish I could hear what was being said, even SSJoe almost cracked a smile. First time for that.

  2. 2 Theo67
    March 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Talk about “show and tell”. Awesome moment for those kids.

  3. 3 Me4obama
    March 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Conservatives are going to explode for trashing vegimite.

    • 4 Theo67
      March 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, it’s going to be an “international incident”. The Vegemite Scandal – oh, the horror….

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      March 8, 2011 at 12:37 am

      I have no doubt that you are wright Me4Obama. teehee. Let them shout and make fools of themselves.

  4. 6 hgerhard
    March 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I smile whenever I see President Obama engaging young people in classrooms, Town Halls or in the public square. It’s clear that he sees the future in these young people, and he is always encouraging them to excel, to prosper and to contribute. Nowhere else does he find more resonance for his deeply held belief in public service and true patriotism than in the open minds of the young. As much as the larger society is self-centered, poll-crazy and soundbite-oriented, these youngsters relate to this President and his vision of working hard and long to lift the country up and make our society more prosperous, more just and more inclusive. Scorned by his critics for not embracing American exceptionalism, President Obama will be remembered for giving a new and more wholesome definition to that term.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      March 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Most importantly, their minds are still open. He can influence them to stay open and expand their relationship with reality.
      When we harden our mind set we tend to conform what we see to our beliefs, what is true becomes more difficult to recognize and incorporate into our lives.

  5. March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I love the pictures of the Presidents on the wall, and then, in the classroom, there’s 44 !

    I still get a chuckle out of that.

  6. 11 Fred
    March 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Vegemite is the worse thing a human being could have ever created 😡

    It’s so bad I had to lay down for an hour after just a teaspoon of that err stuff (Chip we need a puke smiley :lol:) 😉 😆

  7. 18 collegekay
    March 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve had vegemite. Terr-ri-ble!

  8. 19 barb
    March 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    What a group of happy faces. The PM is lovely.

    vegemite reminds me of a “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy does an advertisement for a vitamin which sounds like vegimite. She has to keep repeating the commercial which requires her to take a teaspoon of it because she can’t get the words right. She makes all kinds of faces, slurring her words and eventually forgets the teaspoon and drinks the whole bottle.,,,she is drunk as a skunk …. veta vita vega timum…….It was hilarious. 😆

  9. 20 Jessica
    March 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love the President the most when he is interacting with young people and children. They’re excited and respectful. I’m proud of this new generation and immhopeful they’ll make America more perfect.

  10. 21 Sue in Minnesota
    March 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I would not consider myself a true world traveller, but I’ve been a few places outside of the United States. I spent 3 weeks in Australia and absolutely loved the people, and the experiences we had there. I agree with the President’s views on vegemite….double yuck.

  11. 22 AnitaW
    March 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Very nice interaction for this class. Something they will remember forever.

  12. 23 V C prezOfan2
    March 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    There is no doubt our President has a great rapport with young people. I very rarely see anyone not listening attentively when he is speaking to a group of children/young adults. For a while now I’ve been trying to remember (one?) incidents when #43 was photographed interacting warmly with young people/adults (or even with older people). I have no mental recall of him seeming natural and warm with any segment of the electorate! Did he (and, or his wife) interact in a real way with any segment of the country (apart from the photo-ops at election time)? Is President O (and his wife) way, way different or have I just forgotten the many incidents when # 43 behaved as if he really saw and cared about his constituents as people? Usually when I see President O like this, while part of me is gushing and blushing with pride, part of me is thinking ‘He isn’t behaving in any way differently from previous presidents; you’re just prejudiced.’ What-e-ver, THE MAN IS GOOD and I love him to bits!!!!

  13. 24 EDP4BHO
    March 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Love it when he laughs and crinkles his nose…he looks like a little boy….so cute. Like you VC, I think he is different than any other president in my lifetime, when it comes to interacting with young people. So real. That’s the youthfulness in him that I so enjoy. Never afraid to learn new things. That’s what sets him apart from all the others. He is a perpetual student of life.

    • 25 Dorothy Rissman
      March 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

      EDP, Our president has a joy about him. Even in the most difficult of times, he is able to enjoy the moment and by doing so, he also makes us smile.

      • 26 EDP4BHO
        March 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        True. I do laugh when i see him laughing, wondering what’s so funny. He’s very contagious 😀

  14. 27 Titti
    March 8, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Never had Vegemite but love Marmite *shrugs*

  15. 28 jazzypom
    March 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

    @Titti. Marmite and vegemite are very similar. I think Marmite is a bit more tar like, lol. I don’t really eat it directly on it’s own (like with bread, etc), but I do what my vegetarian/vegan friends do – they add it to vegetable sauces (a good source of b vitamins, etc – a little dab’ll do yah), and it gives the dish a nice flavour .

  16. 29 lisa
    March 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Did you guys watch the Oprah episode in Australia where Hugh had Oprah try Vegemite? She loved it!!! Makes me want to give it a try 🙂

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