Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, September 16
US President Joe Biden’s just your average Joe, it would seem. And he did what all average Joes do—he forgot someone’s name. Only that “someone” isn’t your regular John Smith—he’s the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Biden was addressing a press conference on security ties with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australia’s Morrison. And when he came to Morrison, he seemed to have blanked out on his name.
"Thank you, Boris and... and I want to thank… that fellow Down Under,” Biden said, turning to Morrison. Morrison shot back quickly: “Thank you very much, pal".
Media commentators were quick to point out the blunder, and soon, the hashtag #ThatFellaDownUnder became a top trend. Some Australians bristled, but most saw an opportunity to take a swipe at Morrison, whose popularity seems to have plummeted since the Covid lockdowns.
Slightly awkward…😬 https://t.co/L52gKNzlua— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) September 15, 2021
Surely “That fella Down Under” is the equivalent of running into someone in the pub whose name you can’t remember and can only come up with “Maate”.— Kirstin Ferguson (@kirstinferguson) September 15, 2021
OMG Biden calling Morrison #thatfelladownunder is pure magic. Perfectly demonstrates how irrelevant and unmemorable that snake oil salesman really is on the world stage.— Jacoby (@adamajacoby) September 15, 2021
Just the oafish idiot who denies climate change and was kissing Trump's ass for four years. #auspol
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