Gotta love the piece in the Herald today about Key[s]’s meeting with Obama. No mention of what was discussed or achieved (nothing). Just ‘oh they got along. And Key would have made Obama laugh. If Obama wasn’t busy with important stuff’. Best part in this non-bylined article is the list of what makes them such good buddies.
From the moment they met at the United Nations in 2009, they got on. Reasons include:
* They have a lot in common.
* They are both leaders of their countries.
* They were both elected to high office in November 2008.
* They are both married with two children.
* They both turn 50 next month.
* They both have homes in Hawaii.
By that logic, I like every 33 year old whose been a union delegate since 2004, has a 5 year old kid, and likes to go to the beach for their holidays.
Bitter experience has proven that’s not true.
If Obama and Key were really such good mates, Key wouldn’t have given a scared taonga as a present and got back a toy sword made in Wellington.
Honestly. Who writes this garbage? Reads like Kevin Taylor wrote a ‘what they have in common’ list for the journo to use. And they just copied it out.
Let’s drop the myth that Key and Obama are best pals. Course Obama is friendly with foreign leaders of friendly countries. It’s kind of in the job description. Course he calls him by his first name. That’s what more American leaders do to assert dominance while suggesting closeness. Watch a movie. Course Obama can rattle off a couple of nice things about Key and New Zealand. That’s what briefings are for.
Fact that Obama doesn’t know Key[s]’s name tells you how much he actually knows and cares about him. The guy’s got bigger things on his plate. Why do we have to pretend there’s a personal relationship where there clearly is not?