‘That fella down under’

Yesterday there was a virtual 3 way conference by Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, announcing that Australia would get details from the US about a new generation of US designed nuclear submarines. It’s a big deal and a new acronym was invoked — AUKUS for Autralia, UK and US.

During this it seems Biden forgot Morrison’s first name, just calling him ‘that fella down under’. Some Trumpian wags jumped on this, as more proof that Biden was losing his memory. Let’s put some context on this. In 1977, the Aussie prime minister Malcolm Fraser visited President Jimmy Carter at the…