Tony Abbott has recovered from a momentary slip of the tongue to impress Canadians with his ability to catch a frisbee.
During a press conference in Ottawa, Mr Abbott was put on the spot and asked a completely non-Australian related question about his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.
Having just used the word “Canadian”, Mr Abbott mistakenly used the word “Canadia” – instead of “Canada” – before immediately correcting himself.
But this recovery was nothing compared to what followed.
As Mr Abbott changed the discussion towards his long-held fondness for Canadian beavers, a frisbee unexpectedly flew out of the audience.
In one stunning movement, Mr Abbott plucked the frisbee from the air, then stuck it in his mouth like a giant yellow beaver’s tooth.
The assembled Canadian audience gasped.
And then – after obtaining permission from the Canadian Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff – the room gave Mr Abbott a rousing round of applause.
Critics attack frisbee “stunt”
Back in Australia, others have been less impressed.
Critics of Mr Abbott have labelled the incident a stunt, alleging that a staffer was told to throw the frisbee onstage if the Prime Minister began embarassing himself and Australia.
Cynics have also highlighted the incident’s resemblance to a popular YouTube video of Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee mid-song.
The Prime Minister’s office has refused to confirm or deny any of the allegations.
“It’s not important who threw the frisbee or why,” said an official. “What’s important is that the Prime Minister caught the frisbee like a world leader at the height of his powers.”
The official also expressed disappointment that some people have focused on the Prime Minister’s pronunciation skills.
“What does it really matter if Tony Abbott mispronounces Canada? What today showed is that it’s actually Mr Abbott’s catching that is totally bogus”.
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