Awww, this is so cute! As a way of showing the American President that Australia still loves the U.S. (despite Charlie Sheen), our red-headed Prime Minister has presented Barack Obama with an iPod full of Australian music.
While there’s no information on exactly what type of iPod held the Australian Presidential playlist, what is known is exactly what tracks our PM thought would best entertain one of the most powerful men in the world. Included in the playlist is Jimmy Barnes’ The Rhythm and Blues Album, Bernard Fanning’s Tea and Sympathy, The Best of Crowded House (despite them being a Kiwi band), plus tracks from INXS, Wolfmother, Powderfinger, Midnight Oil (but no US Forces), Paul Kelly and heaps more.
Naturally, the Internet is abuzz with the fact the digital mixtape doesn’t include any Cold Chisel, AC/DC or John Farnham, but the first two at least can be explained by the fact neither band are available on the iTunes store. As for Farnesy… well, maybe Gillard was just trying to keep the pressure down in the age of reason?