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Posted by wmmbb in Miscellaneous.

Here is the photo – the woman is Helen Clark, the prime minister of New Zealand, currently visiting the White House. The New Zealand Herald raised the question.


And the newpaper’s readers have done a pretty good job of supplying the caption. It occurs to me she might be thinking: ” I could have flown to Canberra!”



1. Some Fella - October 24, 2007

Lol ., xP

NZ rocks


2. _Unique Name Here_ - March 4, 2008

“Wow… And I thought I was ugly!”

3. wmmbb - March 4, 2008

Helen does look a bit glum, I grant you. But remember she has to, for that moment, listen to the wisdom of George Walker Bush.

4. Boonanzar - June 8, 2008

It’s her poker face, its very difficult to read Helen Clark and she does a much better job at running New Zealand than Bush does in the USA.
I sure hope she wins the election though!

5. wmmbb - June 8, 2008

I have the impression that Helen could be jet lagged, which makes me wonder what this effect has on meetings between government leaders.

I am not familiar enough to comment on her poker face, and my sense without following electioneering in NZ is that her government has reached its’ use by date.

6. None - July 17, 2008


7. Judith Ellis - November 1, 2008

“What in the hell are you talking about?”

8. wmmbb - November 1, 2008

Yep, could be, Judith. There were the odd lucid moments though, one imagines?

9. Kevin - November 2, 2008


10. wmmbb - November 2, 2008

Could have been a religious happening. Thanks Kevin

11. Tom - November 3, 2008

“Can this man is the leader of one of the most powerful nations?”

12. wmmbb - November 4, 2008

Thankfully, now not for long, but the question remains how George W Bush was even considered qualified for the position.

Some factors include name recognition, electoral tactics and the electoral system, and the role of the media.

13. Jacob - November 10, 2008


“I could have flown to Canberra”

Thats great!

Helens not the prettiest thing, but I like to think shes not jet lagged or bored, but rather there is a small lamb chop hanging from Bush’s ear, thats a far more likely story behind that stern look.

14. wmmbb - November 11, 2008

Say what you will about Helen I thought she did a good job with her concession and later interview.

What impresses me most is that she stated that she will stay on in Parliament and will be spokesperson on foreign affairs. What happens in Australia is that PM’s and State Premiers head for the exit as soon as they are voted out of office.

Come January 20, no more G Bush.

Thanks Jacob for appreciating the joke. I not so sure about yours, although there must be something attracting her attention.

15. Jacob - November 11, 2008

Ay, now thats just not true, the longest serving Australian Prime Minister, SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSir Robert Menzies, had previously been force to resign (gotta love that monachy) only to return as the longest serving PM.

You New Zealanders, over across the ditch, you can’t appreciate good Aussie humour when you hear it.

16. wmmbb - November 11, 2008

You are right about Menzies Jacob, but in recent years, with exception of Gough Whitlam, prime ministers have generally resigned after losing an election. Hawke and Keating come to mind, and of course Howard had no choice.

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