Gillard Schools Press Conference With Sharp Tongue
“I know you are but what am I?” was how Prime Minister Julia Gillard responded to SkyNews reporter David Spears’ suggestion that she seems to be an unpopular leader in the Labor Party at the moment.
Spears, red-faced, assured the Prime Minister, and the throngs of press reporters, that he had a healthy number of friends and was well liked by work colleagues before retracting his statement.
Gillard tells reporters to "talk to the hand"
This began a chorus of outraged protest and further probing on government policy.
But the nadir of the whole exchange was reached when Laurie Oakes implored our national leader to stop avoiding questions and tackle the issues. The PM responded by muttering something that sounded like, “Sphincter says what?” to which Oakes replied, “What?”
This set both Ms Gillard and her security entourage off in a lengthy fit of giggles and roused the press to begin a series of attacks and pointed questions about the economy and her ability to handle refugees.
However, Ms. Gillard continued to school them with phrases like, “I know you are, you said you are, but what am I?” and “roses are red, violets are blue, you look like a monkey and smell like one too” before stepping out from her lectern to give a Channel 10 reporter a Chinese burn.
Asked whether he will file for an assault claim, the reporter simply looked down, touched his forearm lightly, winced, and said, “Nah, it doesn’t even hurt, really. It’s fine.”