Meet our latest Satrap, John Berry the new US Ambassador

johnboy 18 September 2013 14

Our latest US Ambassador to Canberra John Berry has taken the unusual step of introducing himself to us via YouTube.

A brief welcome video from Ambassador John Berry.

Sending a gay couple out to say howdy to Tony Abbott shows Obama still has a sense of humour. But it looks like they can all go swimming and cycling together.

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Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 19 Sep 13

Seems like a nice, decent bloke. I hope his time here becomes a happy memory in years to come and he looks back fondly on our fair city.

simsim simsim 5:51 am 19 Sep 13

Masquara said :

Deref said :

Welcome, Mr Berry.

Sadly your spousal relationship won’t be recognised in this sad little country.

In what sense won’t it be “recognised”? If it’s a legal marriage overseas between two American citizens, then of course it is “recognised” here at an official level. Anywayz, they’ve only been married for one month out of a 17-year relationship, so clearly they were happy to just be “partners” for 16 years and 11 months.

Not so much happy as “it wasn’t legally recognised by the supreme court of the US until June this year”. So basically, two months after it was legally recognised, they did it.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:49 pm 18 Sep 13

Masquara said :

Deref said :

Welcome, Mr Berry.

Sadly your spousal relationship won’t be recognised in this sad little country.

In what sense won’t it be “recognised”? If it’s a legal marriage overseas between two American citizens, then of course it is “recognised” here at an official level. Anywayz, they’ve only been married for one month out of a 17-year relationship, so clearly they were happy to just be “partners” for 16 years and 11 months.

Or maybe the marriage laws in their state just for amended…

Diggety Diggety 9:40 pm 18 Sep 13

I thought it was a nice introduction, seems like a good bloke.

The Yanks haven’t done too badly in Ambassador selection over the last few years IMO.

poetix poetix 9:09 pm 18 Sep 13

He also mentioned Science…(-:

Jeffrey Bleich was an engaging speaker. Hard act to follow.

Masquara Masquara 8:36 pm 18 Sep 13

Deref said :

Welcome, Mr Berry.

Sadly your spousal relationship won’t be recognised in this sad little country.

In what sense won’t it be “recognised”? If it’s a legal marriage overseas between two American citizens, then of course it is “recognised” here at an official level. Anywayz, they’ve only been married for one month out of a 17-year relationship, so clearly they were happy to just be “partners” for 16 years and 11 months.

Masquara Masquara 8:33 pm 18 Sep 13

He’s a former zookeeper. Fantastic!

c_c™ c_c™ 4:37 pm 18 Sep 13

Ben_Dover said :

Mr Abbott said he would “probably feel a bit threatened … as most people do” when asked how he felt about homosexuality.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2010/03/09/tony-abbott-threatened-gays

Lucky the ambassador presumably flew in. Come by boat and Tony would be running for the bunker.

maxblues maxblues 4:34 pm 18 Sep 13

Berry by name, fruity by nature. Seriously, though John and his partner seem like cool dudes. Welcome to our neck of the woods.

Deref Deref 4:10 pm 18 Sep 13

Welcome, Mr Berry.

Sadly your spousal relationship won’t be recognised in this sad little country.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 2:33 pm 18 Sep 13

Mr Abbott said he would “probably feel a bit threatened … as most people do” when asked how he felt about homosexuality.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2010/03/09/tony-abbott-threatened-gays

poetix poetix 2:01 pm 18 Sep 13

‘A new word is like a present…’

(From a book of crappy inspirational writing quotes that doesn’t actually exist.)

davo101 davo101 12:54 pm 18 Sep 13

I thought our Satrap was Chris Mitchell.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 12:43 pm 18 Sep 13

Looks like Tony has had a great start to his PM role. In the first week after the election we had bushfires ravaging N.S.W, then in the second weekend we got floods and heavy rain. Apart from getting off on the wrong foot with Indonesia regarding his boat policies he now has a gay spokesperson for our biggest ally to contend with. I wonder if he thought this would be an easy job. Just wait till he tries to repeal the carbon tax.

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