Week 25: Hero – Barack Obama

by George_East on June 24, 2013

The Hero of the Week Award for last week goes to the President of the United States, Barack Obama for putting little Gideon Osborne in his placehero_icon2

 The desire to bask in the perceived aura of glamour and importance provided by the President of the United States, has been one of the least edifying aspects of British politics for over half a century now – ever since MacMillan and Kennedy.   The constant banging on about the ‘special relationship’ makes our senior politicians look more like a needy new girlfriend than a diplomatic partner.    There is nothing that makes a British politician purr quite like some Presidential action, it would appear.

Add into this mix an obnoxious, self-important tin-pot Machiavelli called George Osborne – a man whose whole adult life has been a cynical exercise of gaining power, in which anything is there to be sacrificed for his own glory.  George wants to be in the public eye and admired for his political genius.   Of course, as his budget last year showed, the political genius is in reality a political liability.   But George still has more self-regard than most others in this most self-regarding of professions.

When the President of the United States visits the United Kingdom for a G8 summit and, like George, you have been in a senior political office for more than 3 years, you would hope that the world’s most powerful man would at least know who you are.   In fact your ego demands it – not only do you expect recognition, but also respect.

The fact that Barack Obama spent the whole of his interactions with Osborne, calling him Jeffrey, will have been exquisitely humiliating for Gideon.  He has spent all of his adult life seeking to obtain power and recognition and when confronted by the President, who he has met on numerous occasions before, he can’t even remember his name.  Poor little Gideon made so little impact on his previous meetings with the President, that he mistook his name with that of a cheesy 1980s soul singer.

Cue little Georgie boy becoming a figure of fun for the tabloids.  The Sun running a great table of comparisons between George Osborne and Jeffrey Osborne, including

Song:  Jeffrey – On The Wings of Love; Gideon – Money’s Too Tight To Mention

Influences: Jeffrey – Duke Ellington;  Gideon – the Duke of Wellington

Achievement:  Jeffrey – 3 Gold Albums;  Gideon – £121Bn deficit.

You could tell how much it stung from the fact that Tory HQ started spinning how under-prepared Obama was for the G8 conference.

Of course, one particularly delicious thought is that it was not as much of an accident as it first appeared.   But either way, for humiliating the most obnoxious politician in Britain, Barack Obama, wins our Hero of the Week Award.

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Charlie_East_West June 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Obama knows what he is doing. I doubt very much that this was a haphazard mistake. More of a knowing spoonerism.


George_East June 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Obama is a class operator (several leagues above anything that Gideon could ever aspire to be), so I do kind of hope so….


Charlie_East_West June 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Obama could have landed an even better blow if he had called him Ozzy.


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