Thursday, November 1, 2007

Proud Political Moments: "It Taste's Like Chicken!"

Rule #1 for Politicians. Think about what you do before you do it! Got that? This embarrassing footage was captured by Parliament's official television camera at least six years ago as Kevin Rudd, then a junior Labor Party lawmaker, sat in the House Representatives listening to a colleague question a government minister. Rudd, who is likely to become Australia's prime minister next month, is seen in the background absent-mindedly probing his left ear before apparently placing the same finger in his mouth.

The footage has found it way on to YouTube and has attracted increasing attention in recent weeks. Rudd was questioned by the media Wednesday about his behavior after the footage recently featured on U.S. national television on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." "All of us in public and private life I'm sure would wish our behavior to be more ideal," he said. And like every politico who tries to cover his tracks when he gets caught, Rudd previously told journalists he was scratching his chin. I'm sure the Aussie's are proud of this guy!

I tried to find some photograph of our President doing the same sort of thing. I found tons of stuff that President George Bush has said, that's a given, but as for picking his ear or scratching his ass, nada. But I did find this press photo of the President as he was greeted by Rep. Katherine Harris from Florida. Much to the chagrin of the president's brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Harris latched on to the president for several minutes and was observed to speak animatedly with him as they both felt each other out over some political matter.

We can criticize President Bush all we want. He doesn't always have his head in the right place. But his hand? Now that's another story. Way to go G. At least you weren't caught pickin' a booger!