An MP who had been upset by something John Key had done was at a meeting with him.
The Prime Minister, knowing he wasn’t in his MP’s good books, made a self-depreciating joke about it.
It was exactly the sort of joke he made about not being welcome at a Tuhoe dinner.
Part of his charm is his ability to laugh at himself and I’ve heard him make similar, self depreciating jokes several times.
I am certain that was all he was doing in this instance.
Not everyone sees it that way.
On the other hand Kiwiblog says his own sense of humour is one reason he’d never be an MP; Keeping Stock thinks people should lighten up and was inspired to make a contribution to New Zealand Music Month. Something Should Go Here thinks it was a good joke.
Macdoctor thinks it was a clever but that would mean John was being deliberately offensive and I’m sure he wasn’t.
It was a joke, directed at himself and while I can see how some people might find offensive meaning in it I have no doubt that wasn’t his intent.
Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar but people will always be able to make something else of it.