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The Obama of the South Seas

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 30th, 2009 - 30 comments

The bizarre project to try to portray John Key as the Obama of the South Seas continues. Garth George today writes: “The new politics is being generated by two relatively young leaders, Prime Minister John Key and President Barack Obama, both of whom overcame less than desirable childhoods to succeed in business.” “succeed in business”… […]

Imagine

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, April 6th, 2009 - 9 comments

I grew up in the long shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis (you youngsters can go look it up). I have never quite shaken the feeling that, somehow or other, the world was due to end in nuclear fire. This is the reason that I am such a fervent supporter of our Nuclear Free policy, […]

X-rated

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, November 21st, 2008 - 13 comments

There’s a lot of fuss about at the moment over Ayman al-Zawahri’s labelling of Barack Obama as the kind of “house negro” described by Malcolm X. It’s a rather absurd comparison, and in my view probably more a sign of Al-Qaeda’s increasing irrelevance than anything else. But as it turns out, I was listening to […]

No one likes McCain

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, October 8th, 2008 - 19 comments

Ever wondered what would happen if the whole world could vote for the President of the United States? According to The Economist’s online poll, which divvies up electoral college votes to each country based on population, it’s Obama by 8,471 to 16. Only belligerent wee Georgia is leaning strongly to McCain. It’d be interesting to […]

Key, leadership, and the audacity of hope

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, September 3rd, 2008 - 24 comments

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 […]

Stark

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, September 2nd, 2008 - 36 comments

John Key’s attempt to ride on Obama’s coattails has been rightly ridiculed in the New Zealand press, but the differences go much deeper than their respective speaking abilities or Key’s charisma deficit. As this quote from Obama in a recent piece in The Nation shows, when you look at whose interests they’re serving the contrast […]

Daily Show on Baracknophobia

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, June 21st, 2008 - 14 comments

Hat tip: onegoodmove.org

Obama clinches nomination

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, June 4th, 2008 - 44 comments

Thank God that’s over.

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