I might be wrong, but I suspect Helen Clark hated that her first meeting with Barack Obama was having John Key introduce her as his predecessor, after Obama goes out of his way to say hi to Key.
We sometimes forget what a great reputation our country has overseas as a place to live:
Mr Obama had a friend living in New Zealand who had raved about the country praising its golf courses, skiing and lifestyle for families.
If Obama does visit at some stage, he’ll be a lot more popular than he is back home. UMR released a poll yesterday on NZers views of world leaders. The net positive ratings were:
- Barack Obama +82% (88% favourable, 6% unfavourable)
- Kevin Rudd +45%
- Angela Merkel +15%
- Nicolas Sarkozy +2%
- Gordon Brown -1%
- Silvio Berlusconi -16%
- Vladimir Putin -19%