18 October 2003

Howard on Charisma

MITCHELL: George Bush, by the way, was asked I think it was by Paul Kelly, or was it by Laurie Oakes, that he said that he hadn't yet retained your popularity post-war, that he hadn't and he said that that was because of your charisma. Has he learnt the art of the Aussie sendup?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, he's improving. - got a sense of humour. You'd have to have a sense of humour to describe me as having a lot of charisma!

I like our habit of booing prime ministers on solemn national occasions such as the NRL grand final and the Rugby world cup. I like having deeply, deeply uncharismatic prime ministers. I just wish we had a different deeply, deeply uncharismatic prime minister.

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