Confused? So was Kristen Neel
Published: November 8 2012 - 4:01PM
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It must be quite a shock for Julia Gillard to find that President Barack Obama's re-election somehow transformed her into Australia's male, Christian president who "actually supports what he says".
Confused? So was Kristen Neel, a teenager from Georgia, who gained Twitter infamy in Australia in a matter of hours on Wednesday evening.
After news President Obama won four more years, the 18-year-old tweeted: "I'm moving to Australia, because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says."
She has since deleted her Twitter account, but search tool Topsy showed she was retweeted over 1500 times.
Before she went offline, Ms Neel tried to explain.
"I was referring to the prevous (sic) office that actually had a moral position," she wrote.
Australian political and media observers didn't take long to pounce, sending out numerous tweets:
.@kristenneel_ our "president" is a prime minister, is a woman, and is an atheist. I think you meant Antarctica. Move there.— Gilbert (@post_rock0) November 7, 2012
@kristenneel_ You do know Australia has a progressive female leader who is an athiest? Yes? I knew you did.— Concera Vota (@conceravota) November 7, 2012
@kristenneel_ Not one word of that sentence is true. I’m not even angry, I’m impressed.— ABCnewsIntern (@ABCnewsIntern) November 7, 2012
.@kristenneel_ 1) Australia does not have a president.2) Our prime minister is an atheist.3) Yes, she really is.— Mark Pesce (@mpesce) November 7, 2012
I feel sorry for @kristenneel_. USA, may I suggest more funding to Public Education to avoid another Twitter-tragedy in 4 years time.— Ken Sekiya (@ki_sekiya) November 7, 2012
Attempts have been made to contact Ms Neel.
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