Obama Hearts Australia

Britons aren’t going to be happy to hear what Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd got as a parting gift from Barack Obama at the White House today: an original printing of the sheet music of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” All Gordon Brown got on his way out? A DVD box set of 25 Hollywood classics—set to the wrong region, rendering them unplayable in the UK. And that’s not all: Obama gave the Australian prime minister a shout-out at his prime-time press conference Tuesday night. Even Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner gave Rudd respect, describing him as “incredibly A-plus.” Might we have a new “special relationship” on our hands?