As posted at my American Interests blog Jan 6 posting, click here ... Could not help but chuckle at one ABC commenter thoughts:
K Rudd will have a fit over this - someone else getting international recognition, he will just have to step up his important visits to preschools and get his tame pet press to keep working overtime polishing his image.
Said John Howard
Yes, I am honoured by it, more because of the compliment it pays to our country Australia
See Also: Bush honours 3 foreign leaders