This is sort of like the effect of a royal wedding or a royal birth but for Republicans. And perhaps it is a reflection of the social media bubbles that I frequent but I cannot think of a more joyous time to be a New Zealander. And the jarring contrast between New Zealand celebrating the introduction of a brand new child and the US of A where the Trump administration is celebrating the persecution of children for political advantage is jarring.
Even David Farrar has been affected and wrote this very gentle uplifting post about the birth. I share with him through experience how special the birth of a child is and the realisation it brings that suddenly there is someone else who is totally dependent on you.
I tautoko him where he says:
Looking after a child becomes not just the most important thing in your life, but gives you a new sense of purpose. It is the most challenging and selfish thing you do, but also the most fulfilling. Her and Clarke will be experiencing all that, and I’m sure it will be transformative for them.
And some tweets that perfectly captured the nature of the event:
Jacinda Ardern arrived at hospital in her own car, with Clarke driving. No Crown limo or special ambulance. Her baby was delivered in a public hospital alongside everyone else’s. No private hospital. No extra special attention.
New Zealand, remain your understated self.
— Morgan Godfery (@MorganGodfery) June 21, 2018
Congratulations to @jacindaardern and @NZClarke on your wee girl! Here’s to all the #babies! And the former babies!
My @NZStuff @dompost #cartoon #NewZealand #Aotearoa #children pic.twitter.com/jDmHOiu6LH
— Sharon Murdoch (@domesticanimal) June 21, 2018
Congratulations to New Zealand's Labour Prime Minister @JacindaArdern on giving birth to a baby girl.
It was a real pleasure to meet Jacinda with @EmilyThornberry in April in London.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 21, 2018
This is who we are, New Zealand. A brief glow of happy news amid the global shitshow. pic.twitter.com/n2GKxoKKar
— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) June 21, 2018
Can we call her the Prime Miniature? 💜
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) June 21, 2018