Barack Obama’s visit

I don’t care about Barack Obama’s visit to New Zealand. I don’t see what the big deal is. He’s a past US president presumably making money from people who like to fork out for speaking tour events.

I don’t care that any media coverage will be banned from any private function he speaks at. It’s not exactly unusual, they try to ban media recording from concerts too.

26 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  March 20, 2018

    John Key trying to impress people who won’t be impressed. Didn’t Obama used to be president of somewhere?

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2018

      Key told Hosking this morning that Obama has 700,000 followers so there’ll be people who now want to come to New Zealand because Obama did. (More or less). The rest of the sycophantic interview was about how good Key’s gold game is & whether he would let Obama win at golf. Key waffled on like Jacinda. Then he was gone.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 20, 2018

      I doubt JK gives a stuff Gezz.
      Obama’s a friend who happens to come wit ha lot of baggage.
      JK is just doing the required PR bit and then enjoying some golf.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 20, 2018

        I have seen a train crash or wreck, too, and it was a terrifying sight and sound. There was no chance that the driver could stop quickly, and if anything or anyone had been on the line, they would have been crushed.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 20, 2018

          Griff, did the train crash that you saw somehow seem to happen in slow motion and quickly at the same time ? It’s very strange !

  2. Zedd

     /  March 20, 2018

    Barack Obama; private citizen & mate of Key.. WHO really cares, whether he is coming to Aotearoa/NZ ??
    to use his successors words ‘More Fake News’ 😀

    • Gezza

       /  March 20, 2018

      Might be looking at property here. Key helping him out. You know, the circles the wealthy move in.

    • Not fake news. Just news you have no interest in.

  3. Blazer

     /  March 20, 2018

    I guess Mr Bridges will get some prime. .time coverage. Political. .irony.

  4. sorethumb

     /  March 20, 2018

    Obama Swoons Over Angela Merkel, All But Endorsing Her Re-election
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-angela-merkel-reelection_us_582de179e4b099512f814823
    President Obama’s warning to those championing Britain’s exit from the EU was stark: Leave, he said, and the “U.K. is going to be in the back of the queue” on trade deals with the U.S.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/obamas-brexit-plea/479469/

    John Key What do you want to be remembered for?”
    “Going back to that main point I think it was Muldoon who famously said “I want to leave the country in no worse condition than I found it”.
    “Isn’t that a low ambition?”
    “Yes I want to leave the country in better condition than I found it and if theres something (I genuinely beleive) It would be lifting our confidence to a certain degree about how we see our selves in the world and what we think we are capable of achieving. Now I think individually there is masses of ambition that sits out there there but can we actually take that and convert that to take the opportunity .
    And I always thought what was happening in the opposition of politics (of course they would oppose National, that’s their job actually apart from everything else) but it was a bit negative about our place in the world. So we played a bit about whether people coming here was a good or bad thing whether people should invest here was a good or bad thing, or whether we have a trade agreement with parts of Asia was a good or bad thing, but actually in my mind, the reason that I want to say yes to those things is because they are the opportunities that reflect our opportunities to both get wealthier (which is all about what you can do with that money) and then ultimately the opportunities for Kiwis. I’d like New Zealanders to feel (after my time as Prime Minister) they have become more confident outward looking nation more multicultural.

    John Campbell/John Key on winning election

    • sorethumb

       /  March 20, 2018

      Funny thing that wealth. Queenstown is wealthier now than ever in terms of GDP but is (for many) a shit house place?

    • sorethumb

       /  March 20, 2018

      Or to quote Ranginui Walker
      “Close the immigration door completely… I object to people from all those countries coming here… If that trend continues, we will ruin New Zealand. We will make it just like any other part of the world” – see: Ranginui Walker hits out at the volume of immigrants coming into NZ.

  5. sorethumb

     /  March 20, 2018

    Trump has been a train wreck from the beginning: that’s why he got the media attention. As long as he gets a few important things right people don’t care, and while some concentrate on the Trump train wreck others see a political system run by and for an elite who scoff at national borders.
    Elites don’t suffer the consequences of the Utopian dream

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 21, 2018

    I don’t think that people are paying to hear him, as it’s invitation only.

  7. Corky

     /  March 21, 2018

    Obama has interesting security. They smell more of ex military than Secret Service. An ex president is allowed to retain Secret Service protection for a period of ten years once leaving office. I wonder if they are permitted to carry firearms?

    Feel sorry for Dotcom. He failed to get the Obama into court while in New Zealand. Dotcom of all people should know some people are untouchable..and above the law.