He was a sort of Australian Every Man - well, most certainly your dad.
He'd reseeded his front lawn and wasn't about to have it trampled. And it didn't actually matter much if it was a Prime Ministerial press conference either.
The PM popped from the nation's capital to the nearby growth suburb of Googong in Queanbeyan to reveal details of the $25,000 cash grants for residential construction.
The assembled press pack took up their requisite positions but failed to look down.
The PM was barely a sentence into his spiel when a bearded man interrupted: "Can everyone get off the grass please? Come on.
"Guys, I've just reseeded that."
With nary a sideways glance, the PM metaphorically nudged the assembled press to "get off ... that".
The two men exchanged thumbs-up and the nation's next economic heart-starter could be revealed.
The as yet unidentified man request is one that would fill most suburbanites with familiarity.
How many times did your dad utter the very same thing - possibly not quite as politely?