Classic Key on his
holiday very important series of very important meetings that were very important and achieved all kinds of important things: “I’ve got to be the luckiest Prime Minister of New Zealand in the last 25 years. I’ve come to Washington and every single person who we’ve met with from the Administration has wanted to see us”
That sounds like a real high standard: ‘I went meetings and the people there seemed like they wanted to be there! None of them sighed theatrically while I talked. I didn’t get tossed out on my ear once. And I’m pretty sure none of them jotted down little stickmen versions of me getting eaten by sharks on their notepads while pretending to listen to me! Well, apart from Gheithner’
But what did these meetings achieve? Pffff. If you care about that, you’re a dirty commie.
Truth is, Key achieved nothing. The trade meetings in LA were cancelled. His meeting with Obama had no outcomes. It was so unimportant that Obama couldn’t get Key[s]’s name right and cut the meeting to half its length. Obama’s press secretary didn’t even have any lines ready for the Kiwi journos.
Young got it right with her sarcastic opening:
The Wellington Declaration signed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last November proclaiming a strategic partnership with New Zealand is not quite enough symbolism for New Zealand it seems.
Prime Minister John Key wants a visit by the US Marines as well as a US Coast Guard ship to visit.
Uniforms and ships, albeit white ships not grey ships, beat paper.
Remember that amazing Wellington Declaration and all it achieved. Well, hold on to your hats:
What did any of this empty symbolism achieve? Why does no-one ask that question of Key? How does any of this put bread on our families’ tables. Guess if you ask that you’re just envious.
So, what is Key up to next after a week long holiday in the US? He’s off to Hawaii for some r and r.