The most humiliating moment of Anthony Albanese’s political career is being recirculated as the election campaign begins.
The election campaign is only one day old and already Anthony Albanese learns that the stakes have been raised.
The Leader of the Opposition can expect everything he has said or done in his political career to be scrutinized as he bids to unseat Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
On Sunday evening, footage of perhaps Mr Albanese’s most humiliating moment resurfaced – and if you’ve never seen it, prepare for a belly laugh.
In 2012, the MP for Grayndler gave a speech to the National Press Club on the Labor government’s agenda at the time when his Liberal rivals noticed some familiar lines.
As Mr Albanese shot then-Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, it became embarrassing that his screenwriter plucked a few lines from the 1995 romantic comedy The American President starring Michael Douglas.
“In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them,” Albanese said.
“Unfortunately, Tony Abbott isn’t the least bit interested in fixing anything. He’s only interested in two things: scaring Australians and telling them who’s to blame.”
It was almost a perfect word for that line from Douglas’ character, President Andrew Shepherd.
“We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious men to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson (played by Richard Dreyfuss) is not at all interested in solving it.
“He’s interested in two things and two things only: scaring you and telling you who’s to blame.”
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The Liberals pounced before the end of the day, sending out a press release titled “Albo, you are not Michael Douglas”.
“The work is now so unoriginal and devoid of ideas that the best Albo could do was to plagiarize its lines of attack directly from an American film,” Liberal Federal Director Brian Loughnane said.
“To pick up lines from a romantic comedy and swap names is really quite embarrassing for an Australian minister speaking to the National Press Club,” added Christopher Pyne.
Mr. Albanese, who apparently did not know that the material prepared for him was from the film, cut his losses and tweeted: “D’oh! Stuff up (for the record, this comes from another great American, Homer Simpson). “
The vision was shared on Instagram by Australian basketball legend Andrew Bogut on Sunday night and quickly went viral.
“It’s actually amazing,” commented TV personality Tania Zaetta.
“Hahaha, you can’t make this up,” added Bill Goldsmith.
Let the games begin.