Even whining leftists aren’t happy with Obama’s trip

Philip Matthews has a whine about the world’s greatest gun salesman and his recent trip to NZ:

Barack Obama may be the most globally popular ex-president the United States has – still hopeful, still untainted by scandal – but not all were wowed by his whistle stop trip to New Zealand to play golf, give a private talk, say nice things to the Prime Minister and, er, what else?

The trip seemed so devoid of serious content that notorious conspiracy-monger Alex Jones was reduced to foaming about Obama building a secret base in New Zealand to escape the coming apocalypse. Maybe not that, but we do know the views and the golf are good here.

Radio host Mike Hosking thought Obama seemed flat and sleepy at an exclusive event on Thursday night. Rival broadcaster Duncan Garner countered that 800 people were “transfixed” by the former leader and journalist Patrick Gower liked his push for women in politics and a crack at China. But Mike Hosking did like his bit about cars.

Obama’s visit was sponsored by Air New Zealand, whose board now includes golfing buddy and former prime minister Sir John Key. But was the Obama trip really a publicity coup for the airline, given the wall of silence that was built between the ex-president and the media?

The national airline was otherwise having a terrible week as Regional Development Minister Shane Jones attacked it over what he sees as poor services to smaller centres: it canned flights to Kaitaia in 2015 and is now ending flights to the Kapiti Coast. People outside main centres who are stung by infrequent services and high ticket prices will have been sympathetic.

Of course, Jones’ attack was brilliant politics for everyone involved. He gets to be the outspoken, populist champion of the declining regions and zombie towns and the Prime Minister, who slapped him down, gets to look strong again after Labour’s youth camp scandal.

You do have to wonder what benefit there was for bringing Obama here. John Key told us all it would be a boon for tourism because of social media engagement.

Well, like Key’s prime ministership, that delivered absolutely nothing. Here is Baraak Obama’s social media accounts for the time period:

So, that is another big fail. Not a peep from Obama at all about visiting New Zealand… but he walked away with a big wedge of cash for his “foundation” and, of course, his speaking fees. What did we get? Oh, that’s right, sticky knickers from media luvvies.

We will get all the slavish idolatry again in May when Hillary Clinton arrives here. I imagine that the wet wing of the National party will post selfies of that too.

Perhaps they could get the whole “puddle” together and cry a river of tears for Hillary. Honestly, the way they carry on for Democrats is unbelievable. They really should join the Labour party.




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