I direct your attention to the story by Peter Conrad.
The article is interesting enough (though you'll have to subscribe to check it out for yourself), but still...
If I were conspiratorially minded I might wonder if this was a dirty-tricks operation by Karl Rove, to confirm every worst stereotype about the snooty foreignness of Obama. But in fact I think it is sincere. Ah those Aussies.
James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.