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Friday 14 Dec 2018 | 07:31 | SYDNEY
Friday 14 Dec 2018 | 07:31 | SYDNEY

Indyk, Fullilove, Obama and Corleone

'80 percent of life is showing up', said Woody Allen. But did he have any advice about leaving?

As my post from last Thursday made clear, I was more than pleased I showed up to Martin Indyk's speech on the Middle East and the Obama pivot, the full video for which is now available above and on our Vimeo channel.

What I should not have done was leave the room to fetch a pad and pencil at the beginning of the Q&A session. For it was at that exact moment (32.00 in the video) that Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Fullilove, chairing the Q&A, made reference to Obama's 'Michael Corleone moment' in the Middle East. In fact, it's not even the first time he's invoked the famous quote from The Godfather III: 'just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in'.

For those who were there and who later read my analysis, which invoked the same quote, it must have looked like I was claiming Michael's pop culture framing as my own. Not so. Clearly we have similar taste in movies, but in this case, Michael got there well before me.

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