oval ball

The Australian Herald Sun: Prime Minster Julia Gillard brought new significance to the Oval Office when she embarked on a game of Aussie Rules kick-to-kick with US President Barack Obama.

Ms Gillard, the Western Bulldogs’ number one ticket holder, gave Mr Obama an introduction to the much-loved Aussie game after a meeting in Washington overnight.

In a show of mateship between the two nations, Mr Obama joked the Aussie leader almost smashed a “bust of (Abraham) Lincoln” as she booted around the red Sherrin.

Ms Gillard had presented the ball, summoned from the Australian embassy, in a box before Mr Obama asked for a demo.

The prime minister fired off a hand pass before it was the president’s turn. He followed up with a kick and pretended to throw the ball gridiron-style.

The PM’s team:


President Obama practices passing a football with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office. Under Australian Football League rules, a player must hold the ball in front of them and punch it with a clenched fist in order to conduct a legal pass to another player. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

7 Responses to “oval ball”

  1. 1 Shirley
    March 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Ahh, this Is too cute 🙂 Bless their hearts.

  2. 2 Me4obama
    March 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Eat your heart out you mother haters. This is the cutest thing eveeer.

  3. 3 EDP4BHO
    March 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    After looking at POTUS in this video joking about the bust of Lincoln, and thinking about that dumb ass Quinnipeac poll of him behind fat ass Christie in warmth, you know that poll had to be rigged. There is no way in hell you can top that warmth and humility, along with the dignity. Yeah, that’s it. POTUS has dignity, recognized in USA often as snobbery and elitism. That’s why I say, ignore the dumb polls. And what, pray tell, was the purpose of the poll in the first place? I had no idea that when we elected Barack Obama as President that he would have to perpetually pass a likeability test. Bunch of heathens, all!

    • 4 Audrey
      March 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      LOL, Christie described as “warm” is as true as describing Saudi Arabia as a “Christian nation”. It is so incredulous that you wonder how smart the people who come up with lies and spin!

  4. 5 Sonjia Duncan
    March 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I look at the pictures and read the comments and then I realize I have this big smile just over taking me. Everyone have a great day I will, isn’t it nice to wake up knowing Barack H. Obama is President of the United State. God Bless The UNITED STATE OF AMERICAN.

  5. 7 Anonymous
    March 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Kids are going to love these pictures – I think they are amongst my favorites to date. And the people of Australia are going to love it. Plus, the other world leaders are going to be jealous and wonder why they couldn’t play ball in the Oval Office, instead of just having to do those boring press availability things…. 🙂

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