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President punches kid in face

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, December 1st, 2009 - 9 comments
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The Associated Press reports:

Romania’s government has collapsed and its economy is in shambles but its presidential campaign has been dominated in recent days by a video that appears to show the president striking a 10-year-old boy in the face.

Well, he’s got the pro-smacking vote I guess…

[In the interests of fairness I should point out this video is from 2004 and Basescu’s team claims it’s been doctored]

9 comments on “President punches kid in face ”

  1. Rex Widerstrom 1

    New Zealand’s government is careening toward collapse and its economy is in a shambles but there are some who’d like to see the election campaign dominated by whether a grubby old ex-Cabinet Minister had a knee trembler with some woman who clearly had a taste bypass.

    😛

    Just kidding lads, there’s plenty of serious debate at The Standard – more than I can keep up with.

    The fact the “victim” appears to be grinning immediately aftert the “slap” suggests more that he’d tried to bite or otherwise interfere with Basescu’s outstretched hand while his attention was elsewhere, and the President merely pulled it away.

  2. toad 2

    Ah, a country for Larry Baldock to emigrate to.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Camera/mobile phone: check. Willing kid (bribed): check. Duncan Garner’s number: check.

    Right, off to Parnell …

  4. IrishBill 4

    Nah GS, Guyen would just claim that it was a smart tactic to shore up the section 59 crowd but might risk losing some liberals, John Armstrong would say it was a bold move that firmed up Key’s image as a strong leader, Garner would describe it as controversial but unlikely to impact on the polls, the Herald editorial would be all about how refreshing it was to see the last nail put in the PC nanny-state coffin, Garth George would write a long rambling piece about how a good punch in the face never hurt him as a child, Fran would probably be concerned about the fact a similar blow wasn’t being struck against red tape, Trotter would point out Goff needed to punch a few kids too just like Michael Joseph Savage used to, Danyl would blame it on the ineffectual opposition and claim they shouldn’t be trying to make hay out of an issue that was (in retrospect) clearly not going to fly with the electorate and DPF would leave it to the general debate thread where his commenters would claim that Key hadn’t gone far enough and he should rough up his missus a bit for good measure.

    • Rex Widerstrom 4.1

      Gold 😀

      The Standard would claim, when Key’s hand showed toothmarks and he needed a rabies shot, that in fact Bill English had accidentally taken a chunk out of him earlier in the day when they were both gorging themselves on the carcasses of the poor before reassuming human form.

      And Labour would call the kid “strikingly struck” and make sure old pictures of him with Phil Goff were unearthed, only to find out he was a professional pickpocket and used to run a business tricking other kids into working in the pits.

      😀

      • IrishBill 4.1.1

        Nah, I’d either deconstruct the spin the nats were using to quell punchinthefacegate or deride the whole thing as a sideshow in a post about the government’s failure to effect a decent stimulus package and then wonder why all the comments were going to Zet’s post about Key as psychopath. Marty would graph historic acts of violence against children by politicians. Eddie would give a sober analysis of the way the media was handling the situation, sprout would attack Granny’s “nail in the PC coffin” editorial and maybe photoshop Key’s face onto a picture of hitler punching a kid. Rocky would use it as a stepping off point to talk about how badly animals were treated with less outrage. r0b would talk about how, contrary to Trotter’s claim, MJS never punched any kinds in the face and Lynn would write something with those demon smileys he like so much.

        And on a further media note Audrey would be outraged in a social-conservative manner but pushed into a back page by the editor and Colin Espiner would just say the first thing that came into his head, make a halfhearted attempt to defend it in the comments section of his blog when it was pointed out that it was clearly logically flawed and then move onto something else as quickly as possible.

      • IrishBill 4.1.2

        You’re dead on with Goff though.

  5. ben 5

    What Romania needs is Sue Bradford. That will fix problems like this.

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