A Moment Overstated

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One of Cam’s favourite expressions is that politicians and journalists have been ‘drinking the Kool-Aid,’  an expression I have always found amusing. But the Kool-Aid seems to have developed a new strength in the last few days, now that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced her pregnancy.

Oscar Kightley writes on Stuff today –

What a blessing of  month this January is proving to be in little ol’ Aotearoa.

This week, we had one of those rare days in which something happens and, forever after, people will remember where they were when they heard the news.

Really, Oscar? We are comparing the announcement of Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy to any of the following –

  •     the outbreak of the First World War
  •     the outbreak of the Second World War
  •     the assassination of President Kennedy
  •     the assassination of Martin Luther King
  •     the death of Princess Diana
  •     planes flying into the World Trade Centre

Are you actually serious?

Let me just enlighten you as to the reaction to the news in the real world on Friday morning, in an ordinary office in Lower Hutt. Here are the main things that were said within the first five minutes of the news breaking there.

“So Winston will be Prime Minister after all.”

“No wonder he went with Labour.”

“She can’t possibly go back to work after six weeks.”

“Don’t tell me Winston didn’t know about this.”

“Oh – isn’t that lovely? Sorry – I’ve just got to finish this.”

And after a few minutes, we all went back to what we were doing, and the great news was put aside.

You see, Oscar, in the real world, people think about their own problems like paying the bills, bringing up the kids, finding a house, and so on. The PM is pregnant. That’s nice for her but in reality, to most of us, it is no big deal.

So, no Oscar – in twenty years time, I will not remember where I was when I heard that Jacinda was pregnant. But I’ll tell you one thing. I’ll never forget where I was when I heard about planes flying into the World Trade Centre, and the Pentagon. Because that, Oscar, really was a very big deal.

But the current batch of Kool-Aid must be especially good. I must try to get hold of some for myself.


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