Five-year-old photobombs PM
The Prime Minister may be used to hecklers but Kevin Rudd had to deal with a youthful challenger at a church in Sydney on Wednesday morning.PT0M47S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rfa8 620 349 August 7, 2013
Kevin Rudd spends an inordinate amount of time on the election trail sitting on small chairs and even the floor reading to children, dandling babies and chucking little folk beneath the chin, but he met his match on Wednesday.
Joseph Kim, a five-year-old extrovert, fairly bombed the Prime Minister's photo opportunity. Rather than meekly allowing himself to became a stage prop, he took over the show.
Photobomb: Joseph Kim poses behind Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Ryde Uniting Church in Sydney. Photo: Andrew Meares
The grumpy old actor, the late W.C. Fields, would have understood. He is said (incorrectly, but it's too late now) to have warned against sharing the stage with small children or animals.
Mr Rudd visited the Ryde Uniting Church to talk up his government's multicultural policies. The church runs regular English classes for the local Korean community, and Mr Rudd was keen to announce that his government would make the Korean language one of the top-five priorities for teaching in Australian schools.
Mr Rudd was much taken by a class of small children and was soon sitting in the lotus position displaying pictures and asking the children to describe them.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited the Ryde Uniting Church in Sydney, but it was Joseph Kim who stole the limelight. Photo: Andrew Meares
Young Joseph, clearly a natural extrovert, began upstaging the Prime Minister within minutes, hollering about the pictures Mr Rudd was holding. As an impression of the Sun was produced, the child excitedly pointed to the window and let loose a happy cry.
"You keep learning hard and one day I'll learn Korean," the Prime Minister, who speaks only Mandarin and a folksy Queensland dialect loosely related to English, promised.
Soon after, as Mr Rudd was corralled into a staged photo with Labor's new candidate for the seat of Bennelong, Jason Yat-Sen Li, Joseph found a handy platform right behind the Prime Minister. He danced and beamed and pulled faces and had a fine time grabbing the spotlight.
The camera lenses could barely get enough of the boy with the T-shirt declaring - unnecessarily - "Smile".
"That's OK," the Prime Minister smiled. "He is an active participant."
Young Joseph, for a moment, had taken all attention from the unfortunate knowledge that the ALP had to scramble to draft Mr Yat-Sen Li into the Bennelong campaign after the party's former candidate, Jeff Salvestro-Martin, was given the heave-ho, having been embroiled in the Independent Commission against Corruption's inquiry into Ryde Council.