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Australia's foreign minister, Stephen Smith, interviewed by Eleanor Hall for ABC Radio National's "The World Today" programme, carried by Radio Australia, dropped a dead bat on a question as to whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would mean President Barack Obama's visit to Australia would again be postponed:
[Hall] Minister, on another matter there's talk that the US president may delay his trip to Australia because of the Gulf oil spill. Can you confirm that Barack Obama is still coming to Australia this month?
[Smith] Well, it's not my place to confirm anyone's arrangements other than my own. And of course the tradition in these matters is that when the White …