Just prior to Xmas I was fortunate to catch up with Grant Galvin who is the General manager of the NT News. He is also one of Barack Obama’s good mates! (The above is a legit picture when the Big O visited Darwin!)
We had a great chat about what it is like to be running one of the most unique newspapers in the world.
Have a look below at what Grant had to say….Ignore the pink shirt – he is straight!
I look forward to presenting part two of this interview for your viewing pleasure shortly.
Admittedly we were sitting at Char’s Restaurant on the Esplanade, Darwin and he just drove past about 10m away however at the end of the day we had a place at our table reserved for him…..and he could have joined us in the event that he had of slowed down below 35kph and been looking for a quality Australian Red!
All jokes aside we were pretty chuffed that accidentally we found ourselves only meters away from Mr O!
I thought I was pretty well controlled when he went past in tha cavalcade the first time as I was snapping pictures…..however when he came back the second time past our table and my camera was out of battery I found myself pointing and screaming like a school girl “There he is….In car No 2…..How cool is that!….I’ve seen him!”……Oh how embarrassing?
On the 17th November the US President has scheduled to land in Darwin for a 2 hour stopover and have brief talks with the Chief minister of the Northern Territory Paul ‘Hendo’ Henderson.
The brains trust of the Northern Territory (and I use that term loosely given that we have a labour parliament) speculate that President Obama has chosen to visit Darwin as he is set to announce that the US will be looking to site a ‘pre-positioning’ base worth multi millions right next to the existing Robertson Barracks.
The exact description of this project by the US Government is unsure at the moment however Australian Defence Minister’ Steven Smith says “There will be more troops in, troops out, more planes in, planes out and mores ships in, ships out.” This is a large project by Australian Standards and huge when you consider it will be in little old Darwin.
Combine that with the massive projects scheduled and little old Darwin town is in for some boom economic times!
You are welcome to drop by Darwin any time Mr Obama……Sydney who?