Obama has Bob Casey and Alice Walker but Hillary has Kevin Rudd. Who’s he? The new Australian prime minister, who came to Washington this week after announcing that his country would no longer be part of the Coalition of the Willing. He is pulling Australian ground troops out of Iraq. President Bush flew to Sydney last September to endorse the conservative prime minister, John Howard, a staunch ally on Iraq, but Rudd won in a landslide. Bush is more unpopular down under than he is in the U.S.
Rudd met with Sen. Clinton yesterday — he had already endorsed her but was circumspect this time — and then went to the White House for a joint appearance with President Bush. Bush seemed to praise him for withdrawing troops, saying he admired a person who kept his word. Clinton and Obama better keep their word on Iraq if they want The Decider’s blessings.