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.
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James Fallows is a staff writer at 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 Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the 2018 book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which was a national best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.