I looked very hard at that infographic, but could not really spot anything of much interest at all. The article appears to be an update on a number of other pointless stories in that particular publication, concerning Obama’s golf partners, with the same pointless infographic. Stories which, prior to our Johnny’s invitation to golf with the great one (or the Kenyan socialist if you are a righttard), would have been dismissed by the same rightards as no more than sycophantic pandering. I suspect that any alleged ‘interestingness’ of the infographics was not the reason for DPF presenting this. The real reason is, of course, just more pimping of John Key. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but let’s be honest about it.
How does he find so much time to play golf?! I mean good on him and all for adding balance to one of the hardest jobs in the world but I know small business owners who would love to have enough time to fit in one round a month let alone the numbers he hits.
Agreed flipper. This rare golfing partnership was publicized by CBS Television – one of the big 3 networks and it got a casual mention elsewhere. It’s not big news here but amongst the chattering classes of Washington DC and in the rarified atmosphere of the diplomatic corps, New Zealand’s stocks have taken a decided jump. Time Magazine was merely pointing out the significance of Obama inviting the leader of a country the size of the city of the Phoenix metro area into one of Obama’s few very private spaces. I think Obama’s golf obsession is a scandal especially given the number of policy pratfalls he’s made and the way the media bleated on about Bush 43’s significantly fewer rounds of Presidential golf. But setting that aside, especially given how intensely political Obama is and how he controls his image so tightly, there is very little NZ can do to assist Obama’s political fortunes and yet John Key gets to spend hours one on one with the leader of the free world. When you add this to Key’s equally rare overnight stay at Balmoral Castle and the time he reputedly spent with the royal family, it is clear Key impresses on the world stage at the highest levels.
Dean Papa can call that pimping but we ought to be grateful to have a government led by someone whose qualities are so evident that the most powerful invite him into their most private space. Aside from the electoral assist this gives John Key’s re-election, such close relationships can only benefit New Zealand Inc.
Heard the carping harridan Corkery describe Key’s friendship with Obama as ‘sucking up’. Still demonstrating how the left (Minto et al) fervently wish for NZ to become some sort of North Korean look- alike backwater. Key’s amazing interpersonal skills will go a long way to sustaining NZ’s essential trading relationships with the rest of the world.
Yes Trout, I heard Corkery carrying on as well. The alcoholic troll seemed to think there was some huge conspiracy about this: apparently Obama was thanking Key for supporting tax concessions for Hollywood film-makers, or similar…….
She needs to stay off the gin before going on air.
Duxton: Corkery has no right to pollute the airwaves with her disgusting and left-wing waffling. She must be the most hideous apparition ever to profess to be a journo. It shows the depths that this once respected profession has fallen.
Both sides of politics going on about this game of golf is highly amusing. It’s cringeworthy how we read the tea leaves and the entrails of chickens over the smallest of things when it comes to US/NZ diplomacy.
Will we see any real benefits in terms of progress on trade negotiations? We’ve only been waiting 30 years now. And we’ve managed to negotiate an agreement with China in the interim. Who would have thought back in the 80’s we’d have a deal with China before the US. People would have said you’ve been smoking something.
The US has been dangling the carrot for so long now one wonders if it has gone mouldy.
There sits Cunliffe in silent bliss,
While Parker sits next door, having a piss.
All of a sudden a fart is heard,
Followed by a thundering turd.
Parker farts once more, then shits again,
Then flushes that crap right down the drain.
And now poor Cunliffe sits, broken-hearted,
Paid a penny in the White House, but only farted.
And as he stands, and for the paper gropes,
He thinks: “There go our election hopes.”
Nothing Key does is ok for the left. They hate his breezy informality, the way he fluffs his words like normal people, the way he’s quite naturally able to do silly things (like Letterman and the Big Gay Out) despite his wealth and the fact that he can visit a mall in the Labour heartland and be mobbed (a friend was in The Palms in Shirley when Key visited and he barely got 20m into the mall and people were all over him talking, asking for autographs and taking selfies with him).
That he can chair the TPP hearings at APEC with aplomb, be the only NZ PM to be invited to stay the night with the monarch’s family AND be invited to play golf with the most private but political president who represents a party seen as being more at home with a Labour PM speaks volumes for his skill on the world stage.
The value of Key’s Letterman’s hammy Top 10 appearance in terms of free publicity for NZ could be valued in terms of TV advertising reach in the low 7 figures. Labour continue to dismiss and underestimate Key to their continued electoral peril.