Fairfax photographer Alex Ellinghausen captured this moment when, well, I am yet to hear any good explanation for what is happening.
As you can imagine, the bizarre photo has been gratefully received by political junkies on social media, myself included. Its is simply Abbott meeting a family as he toured a factory.
But if Rudd is a chronic nerd, Abbott is an expert at gawk. The leader of the Liberal Party seems to have a knack for leaving his mouth gaping, for showing his bare chest and for looking down his nose at journalists. To these skills, we can now add hair-sniffing.
If you re-live that horrendous minute of silence Abbott shared with Channel 7’s Mark Riley, you’ll notice Abbott can make at least two of those mistakes at once.
By this point, we must assume that no amount of media training will solve the dilemmas Tony brings to media appearances. His avoidance of an interview with Leigh Sales – he was eventually interviewed by Sales’s colleague Chris Uhlman after months of requests – suggests that the presence of women only exacerbates his problems.
The critics of Abbott on Reddit enjoy hashing over the moment, again on 7.30 Report, when he let his guard down and conceded some speeches are fudged, not a true reflection of his position, not ‘gospel truth’.
Go on, re-live it. The nodding?! Why is he nodding!
I feel certain that to meet Abbott is to encounter a man with good social skills but a poor sense of personal space. He may have more in common with Mark Latham than Kevin Rudd.
Abbott even reminds me of Bob Hawke, with his tendency to “aaahhhh” his way out of answering any question quickly.
It is time for One Nation to change their name to FacePalm.
Stephanie Banister, the One Nation candidate for the Queensland seat of Rankin has become this week’s real political star.
The only thing more astounding than her factual errors are the basting she has received from international media.
This kind of merciless mocking could have happened just as dramatically without the great amplifier of social media, yet social media has enabled a few new angles to keep this rather entertaining story alive…
Stephanie Banister: Australian Islam gaffe goes viral An Australian election candidate has made the wrong kind of... http://t.co/mHEq9fgVWz—
Arun B (@Arun_B_Tweetz) August 09, 2013
Is One Nation candidate Stephanie Banister our very own Sarah Palin? | bit.ly/19fivI0 | http://t.co/B2crkoi6gh—
news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) August 09, 2013
But unlike Palin, Banister’s gaffe tape is being cut short…
One Nation looks set to dump candidate who mistook Islam for a country. Announcement expected Sat. theage.com.au/federal-politi… #ausvotes #auspol—
Daniel Hurst (@danielhurstbne) August 09, 2013