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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

London Town

posted by on October 21 at 9:49 AM


Boris, the mayor of London, is for Obama.

Two days after receiving the backing of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has received the backing of another politician who might have been expected to support his Republican opponent John McCain - London’s Conservative mayor Boris Johnson.

Defying the unwritten rule that politicians don’t interfere in other countries’ elections, Mr Johnson told readers of the right-wing newspaper The Daily Telegraph that Barack Obama seems “highly intelligent” and that “unlike the current occupant of the White House, he has no difficulty in orally extemporising a series of grammatical English sentences.”

…[Boris Johnson’s] comments will undoubtedly have annoyed the Conservative Party, in particular its leader David Cameron who praised Senator Obama’s Republican rival John McCain earlier this year. The British Conservative Party traditionally support the Republicans, and Senator McCain spoke at its annual conference two years ago.

I’m still sad about losing Livingston, but Boris certainly knows how to keep things popping.

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Boris is a profoundly unserious human being. Having him on our side is a minus, not a plus.

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 10:22 AM

I know this isn't true (especially since he contextualized his statement against our current speak-and-spell president) but did anyone find themselves tenuously wondering whether his remark was reminiscent of the "he's so...articulate" refrain that pervaded the early months of Obama's campaign?

Posted by AW | October 21, 2008 10:29 AM

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Posted by superyeadon | October 21, 2008 10:33 AM

1. @2: um, no.

2. The conservative party leader can endorse McCain -- but if another conservative endorses Obama that violates the unwritten rules?

Typical of conservative doublespeak.
("We hate socialism/let's nationalize the banks").

3. Do tell: whom do bunnies endorse, mate?


Posted by PC | October 21, 2008 10:36 AM

What sane person outside the USA doesn't want Obama to win, conservative or not?

Posted by Judith | October 21, 2008 10:37 AM

Looks like Boris, the mayor of London would love Gavin, the mayor of San Francisco.

Posted by kebabs | October 21, 2008 10:38 AM

Boris is a joke. He is a loveable fool as a sometime Television personality, but his endorsement of Obama isn't even close to Powell's. Ken (now working for Chavez) Livingstone probably wouldn't endorse either of them though.

Posted by Barky | October 21, 2008 10:45 AM

barky, the endorsement of a war criminal, even a still-respected war criminal like powell, is one obama can do without.

"orally extemporizing a series of grammatical english sentences" is a pretty hilarious observation.

Posted by max solomon | October 21, 2008 10:56 AM

I get confused. London has had a communist mayor and a mayor named Boris & they're not the same guy! Ok, maybe I'm just stupid.

You know what? Obama IS articulate. I find myself stepping around that word because it really is the perfect word for him.

Let's not forget that Biden actually said that Obama was "clean".

Posted by daniel | October 21, 2008 11:00 AM

The only reason Boris isn't a war criminal is because no one with any sense would let him anywhere near the reins of real power. He would love to bomb something, preferably Liverpool, between sips of champagne, if he had half a fucking chance. He went to better schools than Palin (fucking Eton, Balliol) but he is, if anything, LESS of a serious person.

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 11:01 AM

Fnarf, are you English?

Posted by blank12357 | October 21, 2008 11:09 AM

Fnarf does seem to know his London politics pretty well. Is there another British ex-pat lurker on Slog?

Here's some classic Boris, being stitched up by Ian Hislop.

I am a fan of Powell, even though he did sit in front of the UN and urge the case for war. I'm assuming that's the War Criminal reference. His speech about how hard Obama rocks persuaded our 87 year old office volunteer to ditch McCain for Obama for her first vote EVER.

Posted by Barky | October 21, 2008 11:18 AM

No, I'm not English, just pathetically obsessed. And I have a lot of friends among the bloody Sassenachs, who keep me up to date.

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 11:34 AM

London still has a Playboy Club?

Posted by Dougsf | October 21, 2008 12:45 PM

Hey, just voted from overseas today and I gotta tell you, here in England, voting for Obama: total babe magnet!

Posted by Matt in Southampton | October 21, 2008 2:20 PM

DO NOT be sad at losing Livingston...Boris was ALWAYS the better man.

Posted by Evie | October 21, 2008 5:25 PM

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