Story: Obama Down Under Reporter: Jeremy Moses Video Intro piece to camera, pre-titles.

Audio REPORTER (PTC) Barack Obama pays a visit to Australia. But what do the locals think? Find out next on… (JM Reports intro sequence) REPORTER (VO) Canberra; Our nation’s capital. A beacon of excitement filled with enticing beaches, an immersive cultural centre, and skilfully crafted housing. REPORTER (PTC) But in the month of March, this house receives skills from a foreign land. No, not more trained migrants. Instead we receive Barack Obama; the president of the United States. His journey down under comes off the back of a trip to Indonesia. With his Australian visit, Obama hopes to strengthen allied relations, and also presumably to recover from a recent bout of Bali-Belly. REPORTER (VO) Unlike the film “The American President”, Barack Obama isn’t pushing a crime control bill through congress. Instead, he is pushing healthcare using the political tactic of reconciliation. Kevin Rudd used the political tactic of

A shortened version of the JM Reports intro plays. FADE IN: Overlay of parliament house, and then various shots of the mundane streets of Canberra.

Piece to camera in front of parliament house, Canberra.

Overlay of Obama stepping off the plane in Australia. Overlay of Obama’s prior trip to Indonesia. Overlay of Obama in Australia.

Overlay of footage from the film “The American President” (1995)

Overlay of Obama pushing healthcare,

Story: Obama Down Under Reporter: Jeremy Moses reconciliation when he apologised to the Aborigines in 2008. Overlay of the film. Overlay of Barack Obama looking presidential. Overlay of Obama shaking hands with various Australians. Also unlike the film, Obama is not a widower courting Annette Bening… However, eerily similar to the film, he is a president, and he is American. REPORTER (PTC) Obama spent much of his time here in Canberra shaking hands with Kevin Rudd, shaking hands with politicians, shaking hands with members of the public.

While it is clear he is well trained in shaking hands, the Overlay of the Liberal opposition would much prefer to Opposition with grimacing faces. see him roll over and play dead, citing his visit as nothing more than election year popularity stunt for Rudd. INTERVIEW: The reporter partakes in a sitdown interview with a liberal back-bencher at his office in Canberra. BACK-BENCHER We feel that Obama’s visit is designed to help Kevin Rudd coming up to election. REPORTER You feel it’s for popularity? BACK-BENCHER Cleary that’s what’s going on here. REPORTER So Kevin Rudd would’ve been less popular with Australians

Story: Obama Down Under Reporter: Jeremy Moses had Obama not visited. BACK-BENCHER Well, yes. REPORTER …Which would’ve been preferable for the Liberals? BACK-BENCHER Indeed. The reporter, knowing he has trapped the Back-bencher. He increases the pace and tension of his questions in order to “nail” him. Defensively, the back-bencher becomes more strong and certain about his opinions. REPORTER Thus making Rudd popular amongst your party for making such a preferable decision for you. BACK-BENCHER Well if Rudd has to be more popular with us to be less popular with Australians, that’s a trade we’re willing to make. REPORTER So you’d compromise the values of your party to make Kevin Rudd less popular. BACK-BENCHER Correct. Better him be popular with us than with them. REPORTER Hold on, So Kevin Rudd will become more popular with Liberals if he becomes less popular with the Australian public. BACK-BENCHER Yes.

The reporter “nails” him.

Story: Obama Down Under Reporter: Jeremy Moses REPORTER If that does happen, what would happen to the Liberal party? BACK-BENCHER Well, I assume we’d all become independents. (pause) END OF INTERVIEW SEGMENT. REPORTER (PTC) While the Liberals clearly aren’t barracking for Obama, I wanted to see whether the general public’s collective mouth has been soured by such contrary views…. REPORTER (VO) So I took up residency at a local café, and after taking a welldeserved nap, I asked the patrons for their thoughts… PATRON #1 It certainly didn’t look very comfortable. REPORTER (VO) I then asked them about Obama’s visit… REPORTER (QUESTION 1) Do you see Obama’s visit as positive? REPORTER (QUESTION 2) If you listen to the Liberals, they’re saying this visit could actually backfire on Rudd. Do you think this visit could reduce his popularity?

Overlay of people walking the streets of Canberra.

Exterior of a local café. Reporter in a nightgown napping on the café floor. Reporter interviews patrons of the café. (UNSCRIPTED ANSWERS)

Story: Obama Down Under Reporter: Jeremy Moses REPORTER (QUESTION 3) Lastly, what beverage would you recommend here? I’m a bit parched. The reporter closes the segment summing up his points while holding a fruity smoothie with a dome lid and straw. REPORTER (PTC) As this reporter understands it, after the previous president’s visit to Australia in 2003, Canberra was nicknamed “The Bush Capital”. Surely as a result of the newly introduced hope and change from abroad, this name should be altered. From “The Obama Capital”, Jeremy Moses Reports. FADE OUT. BY JEREMY MOSES.