PRIME Minister, Julia Gillard, has received a personal call back from President Obama thanking her for her congratulations on his success. Ms Gillard is amongst a list of 13 world leaders Mr Obama has called following his re-election.
Ms Gillard tweeted in response: “I was delighted to speak to President Obama tonight and congratulate him on his victory.”
Ms Gillard is currently in Bali where she is attending a regional democracy forum.
The White House has issued a press statement stating that in each call President Obama has thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead.
Amongst these platitudes, there was also a personal note of praise from Mr Obama for Ms Gillard’s “sexism” speech to parliament. News.com.au reports that Ms Gillard confirmed Mr Obama had acknowledged her October 9 speech taking Tony Abbott to task in a heated parliamentary debate.
“Look I’m not going to go into a private discussion but I think it’s fair to say he was aware of it,” Ms Gillard said.
“Look it was a warm discussion of congratulations on President Obama’s re-election. I was very glad I had the opportunity by phone to congratulate him.”
Ms Gillard has also received praise from a number of world leaders who were present at the Asia-Europe Meeting Ms Gillard attended in Laos. French President Francois Hollande and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were amongst those who congratulated her for her comments.
The video of Ms Gillard’s confrontation was watched more than 300,000 times on YouTube in just one day, and it made headlines in the US, India, Canada, UK and South Africa.
Ms Gillard has said what motivated her to make the speech was the “double standards and the lecturing” from Mr Abbott.
For the full text of the speech see: Transcript of 9 October speech to Parliament
For a UK perspective see: Good on ya, Julia – From the UK with love