Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1784 times:
President Klaus of the Czech Republic in Australia was due to make a speech at the National Press Club and was on his way for an interview with ABC1's 7.30 - which has its Canberra studio within Parliament House in Canberra. It is a requirement of entry that people go through a security scan with no exceptions. Even our own pollies, who are normally up themselves, comply with this requirement.
But not Mr Klaus. He refused to submit to the scan and was told that he couldn't enter unless he did.
The media tried to intercede, explaining who he was: "The guard's reply was blunt and to the point: 'I don't care who he is, everyone goes through'."
So off Mr Klaus went saying, "I will not go through. I'm leaving. I'm going back to my hotel. If you want to interview me you can do it there".
Now, given that this was a State visit, there are those who might suggest the President was being churlish: what is good enough for the peasants isn't good enough for the President. Or did he have some souvenirs in his pockets, as the ABC report jokingly asks?
should read "given that this was not a State visit." Had it been an official visit as Head of State the situation simply would not have arisen as different protocols would have been in place. He would have been escorted by the Australian Prime Minister and possibly the Foreign Minister, not just somebody from the ABC.
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 1): Ball point pens can indeed be dangerous in more than one way.
Yes and not just from video going viral, as Ian Fleming showed us in the Bond movies. At one time Bulgarians carrying umbrellas were highly suspect, too.
The Secret Service may well have objected, but I wonder whether a US President would have gone along with it just to show that they are not above the law and that it is no big deal? It would make a good photo opportunity .
bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8429 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1519 times:
Quoting Quokka (Reply 3): The Secret Service may well have objected, but I wonder whether a US President would have gone along with it just to show that they are not above the law and that it is no big deal? It would make a good photo opportunity .
Unless it was a TSA style pat down. The photo op might not turn out to be so good.
"The US president complains about being groped by security" I can see the headlines now...
Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1512 times:
Quoting Quokka (Reply 3): should read "given that this was not a State visit."
You had me worried there. I had the impression that it is in some ways a counter state visit, if those exist. Bet there was a fair bit of global warming in his vicinity while that was going on. So the day was not wasted, Klaus takes the exit and Smith casts the Runes over the F-35. Next the subs?