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16
Nov
11

australia, day one

President Obama and Australian PM Julia Gillard greet students gathered at Parliament House in Canberra

15
Nov
11

australian arrival

3:30 PM Canberra time (11:30 PM DC): The President arrives in Canberra

4:15 PM (12:15 AM DC): Ceremonial welcome at Parliament House

4:30 PM (12:30 AM DC): Meeting with PM Julia Gillard

6:0 PM (2:0 AM DC): Joint press conference with PM Gillard

7:30 PM (3:30 AM DC): Parliamentary dinner, speeches from both leaders

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Live coverage:

Herald Sun * Yahoo Australia * Sydney Morning Herald * ABC Australia

White House live (2:0 AM ET press conference)

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News.com: As the Occupy camps in Melbourne and Adelaide rage against the ills of Western capitalism, young Australians have given their backing to the man who leads the world’s biggest economy.

A news.com.au survey can reveal that under-35-year-olds are happiest about Barack Obama’s visit, with more than 50 per cent saying they were happy or ecstatic.

…. The feelings of good-will and warmth for Mr Obama are in stark contrast to those George W. Bush aroused when he visited Australia in 2003 and 2007.

… A Gallup poll shows that approval of US leadership nearly tripled among Australians between 2008 and 2010, jumping from 25 per cent to 69 per cent. It was the biggest increase Gallup measured worldwide pre- and post-Obama.

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….. greeted by Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce

… greeting Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard

15
Nov
11

coming up …. down under

Okay, we are about to enter time-zone befuddlement …..

The President will visit two Australian cities…. Canberra is 16 hours ahead of Washington DC ….. Darwin is 14 and a half hours ahead of DC …. so, it’s already tomorrow in Australia 😯

Julia Gillard

3:30 PM local time (11:30 PM DC): The President arrives in Canberra

4:15 PM (12:15 AM DC): Ceremonial welcome at Parliament House

4:30 PM (12:30 AM DC): Meeting with PM Julia Gillard

6:0 PM (2:0 AM DC): Joint press conference with PM Gillard

7:30 PM (3:30 AM DC): Parliamentary dinner, speeches from both leaders

Canberra Times

Thursday (in Australia!): The President begins his day by laying a wreath at an Australian war memorial; meets with opposition leader Tony Abbott; addresses the Australian Parliament; visits a local primary school with PM Gillard; visits the US embassy. Leaves Canberra for Darwin. Visits a memorial to the USS Peary and lays a wreath. The President and PM Gillard together address Australian troops. That concludes the Australia portion of the visit. The President flies that night to Bali, Indonesia.

Friday: Attends a number of bilateral meetings. Meets with the Prime Minister of India and the leaders of Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. Meets with the ASEAN nations, the 10 Southeast Asian nations. Meets with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia; attends an East Asia dinner that night.

Saturday: The East Asian Summit takes place through the day. At its conclusion the President returns to the United States.

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Original video here – thanks Donna and VC

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Australian Newspaper Links: The Canberra Times * The Age * Sydney Morning Herald

Warning: these are owned by Rupert ‘fair and balanced’ Murdoch: The Australian * Herald Sun * Northern Territory News (Darwin) * The Daily Telegraph

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TV/Video: ABC * Special Broadcasting Service * News.com * Sky News Australia * Yahoo Australia

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Any links to add? Leave them in the comments 😉

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Live coverage:

The Herald Sun will have live coverage of the President’s arrival – but seeing as it’s Murdoch-owned, its commentators will probably be wearing Romney t-shirts.

Live coverage of the President’s arrival for the official dinner and speeches at Parliament House here (ABC Australia) – thank you JER

More live streaming at Yahoo Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald – thanks Meta and COS

And:

White House live

15
Nov
11

off to oz

President Obama greets service members before boarding Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, en route to Australia

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Original video here

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From American Bridge on YouTube – ‘Veteran kicked out of Romney event for wearing pro-VA t-shirt’:

14
Nov
11

down under

NT News: President Barack Obama has been insured against crocodile attack for his visit to the Northern Territory. TIO issued him the standard policy – a cover note carrying a photograph of a saltie with the promise to pay $50,000 in the event of a fatal attack.

Chief executive Richard Harding said the insurance policy had been framed and would be presented to the president during his visit to Darwin on Thursday. … “We’re excited to be issuing one of these policies for President Obama as a memento of his time in the Territory.”

TIO has been selling the $10 cover for 23 years – but President Obama will get his for free.

😕

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Canberra Times

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CNN: A new poll shows Mitt Romney leading the GOP presidential field by a wide margin in New York, but a majority of voters statewide said they would choose to re-elect President Barack Obama if the election were held today.

Romney was the choice of 32% of Republican voters in the state, double the support of businessman Herman Cain, who was second at 15%, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Tuesday.

….. Fifty-seven percent of registered voters said they hold a favorable view of the president … He also carries a wide lead over Romney in a hypothetical matchup, 59%-34%.

Full article here

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MSNBC: In light of Herman Cain’s moment yesterday …. it’s worth noting that he wrote a book in 1999 titled “Speak as a Leader: Develop the Better Speaker in You.” In that book, he offers advice about public speaking, particularly on how to handle media interviews.

….. “First, if you know the topic ahead of time,” he writes, “plan the key points you want to make during the interview and be able to state those points in a variety of ways. If you will be doing frequent interviews with the press, then a media training course would be advisable in order to learn effective communication techniques. Second, there is no such thing as off the record. If you say it, then assume it might be used at some point. Third, expect the unexpected and be prepared to remain calm and professional.”

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Bloomberg: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company’s business model was “insane.”

Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with the consulting work Gingrich was hired to perform for the company in 2006 tell a different story. They say the former House speaker was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company’s public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.

Full article here

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