Two Years In Two Minutes: Jacinda Ardern Just Out Prime Ministered Herself
She's already one of the most popular world leaders, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won over more hearts with a sensational two-minute video posted to social media.
It's been two whole years since Ardern was elevated to the top job, and instead of delivering a long-winded, mind-numbing, meticulously scripted speech, the PM managed to rattle off her party's biggest achievements in an impressively speedy piece to camera.
Sitting at her desk, looking cool, calm and collected, Ardern detailed a number of environmental, health and employment accomplishments all within two minutes.
Among the headlines was the creation of 92,000 jobs, a ban on semi-automatic and assault rifles, cheaper GP visits, increased minimum wage, the addition of more than 1600 new police officers, a ban on single-use plastics, the planting of 140 million trees and the introduction of free lunches in schools.
She then sped through another minute and a half of achievements to wrap up the two-minute challenge without stopping to take a breath.
The clip has since gone viral, reaching people from Australia to Pakistan and from England to Lebanon.
"Absolutely incredible to watch this video be pinged around the world," journalist Ashleigh Stewart tweeted alongside the video.
"In the last 48 hours, it's seemingly gone everywhere from the UK to Pakistan and has even gone viral in Lebanon -- becoming another tool for protestors to push for change."
That video alone has been watched more than 1.7 million times and has notched up more than 16,000 comments.
The original, posted to Ardern's Facebook page has notched up more than 2.2 million views.
Many users from elsewhere in the world slammed their own leaders, with our very own Prime Minister on the hit list.
"Curse our own leaders because they can't even come close to her in intelligence, compassion and unifying leadership," one user wrote.
"I wish I was a Kiwi. Instead I'm an Aussie who has to endure [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison," said another.
How can you not: 1. Love her. 2. Envy New Zealand because of her. 3. And curse our own leaders because they can't even come close to her in intelligence, compassion and unifying leadership.— Alpheus Williams (@AlphWilliams) November 3, 2019
I’m moving to NZ. So ashamed there is nothing in Australia that can compare. Got how I hate our govt 😫— 💧Aggie (@aggies_oasis) November 3, 2019
absolutely brilliant JacindaI want to live in NZ if you are going to continue to be PM@JEChalmers @billshortenmp @AlboMP
THIS IS WHAT AUSTRALIA NEEDS
Would you like to buy Australia Jacinda
Congratulations and Im VERY jealous
— Trisha (@emlafudd) November 3, 2019
Kudos to you, Prime Minister Ardern.