Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has been widely praised for her level-headedness and leadership in the face of stressful circumstances. Regardless of what you think of her politics, it’s hard to deny that her ability to keep cool even when things get hectic is admirable, and she showed this strength yet again during an interview when the earth decided to rumble.
Arden was giving a live interview and had just finished up her response when she delivered an alarming announcement quite calmly: “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan. Quite a decent shake here.”
The PM delivered the news with the air of someone mentioning that they may have felt a few drops of rain on a sunny day. She explained the situation with a smile, even cracking a joke or two while drawing viewers’ attention to the objects moving in the background. Once the quaking stopped, she reassured the host and viewers that she was in a “structurally sound place” with no lights hanging overhead, all with a comfortable smile.
While people can have political views that go all over the spectrum, Arden’s unblinking poise even in the middle of an earthquake is something other politicians could and should aspire to. Take a look at the clip below: