CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard enjoys joking with President Barack Obama that she faces more prejudices as a childless, unmarried, atheist woman than he does as an African-American, a newspaper and a government colleague said Monday.
“I’m good mates with Barack Obama,” Gillard was quoted as saying at the 40-table dinner attended by most of her ministers, business leaders and representatives of interest groups.
“I tell him, ‘You think it’s tough being African-American? Try being me. Try being an atheist, childless, single woman as prime minister.’”
She often makes the joke with Obama when they meet and discuss the prejudices they experience, the newspaper said.
One of the dinner guests, government minister Chris Evans, confirmed that the comments were made “in jest.”
We’re sure she meant the racial joke “in jest” but no one was is laughing. There is a huge difference! She chose to be an athiest, childless and single. Obama didn’t get to choose to be Black!