Perhaps Mr Key is feeling a little regretful about comparing himself to Barack Obama. Certainly the chutzpah inherent in such a comparison has been noted – including these comments in the ODT today from Simon Cunliffe:
“it’s quite natural that a political leader such as the “young, smart and rich” John Key might think about himself in the same breath as US Senator and Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States Barack Obama . . . isn’t it? …
Only on Monday did Mr Key and the National Party launch their billboard campaign: “Wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones. Choose a brighter future, party vote National”. And, gosh, right there on page 47, Mr Obama is preoccupied by the very same issue. “I consider the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to be both fiscally irresponsible and morally troubling.”
Or possibly Mr Key was thinking back to the cut and thrust of his early days in Parliament, attacking the wimpish Labour-led Government for not joining the Iraq war effort, saying New Zealand was “missing in action”.
How reassuring then he must have found this entry further down on the same page: “Back in 2002, just before announcing my Senate campaign, I made a speech at one of the first anti-war rallies in Chicago in which I questioned the Administration’s evidence of weapons of mass destruction and suggested that an invasion of Iraq would prove to be a costly error.”
Great minds think alike – well, about the same sort of things, at least.”