Since it became apparent that celebrities can swoop in and become President in the US, there have been calls for more qualified, or at least less morally bankrupt, celebrities to give it a try, namely, Queen of All That Is Good, Oprah Winfrey. And it seems that it’s not just US citizens who are dubbing Oprah their savior, as Brits have taken to the streets of London – just as Donald Trump has arrived for his state visit – to show their support of her running for president in 2020.
One of many nationwide protests against Donald Trump’s policies during his visit to the UK, Paddy Power has erected a waxwork of Oprah on Parliament Square in London, less than four miles from where the president currently sits in Regents Park (in the US ambassadors house, he’s not having a picnic or anything). Presumably, he’s enjoying a cup of tea as his team draw the curtains frantically hoping for him not to catch a glimpse of the giant baby blimp flying round London.
The wax work features Oprah, encased in a glass box with ‘OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT’ written above it and ‘IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS’ below her. According to Paddy Power, the betting company decided to pull the stunt following a recent survey that showed 71% of Brits want Oprah to run for president in 2020. They have therefore changed the latest odds on her becoming the next US head of state to 20/1.
Whether or not she runs for president in 2020, this stunt is just one of many signs of protest against Trumps visit to the UK. Mostly kept out of London to avoid the impending drama, Trump’s visit is being kept to a bare minimum- that is, as much as the government could have him do so as not to cause any political embarrassment, while of course not going above and beyond to welcome him.
Compared to the Obama’s visit back in 2011, this is a much shorter, less busy and long-put off visit. So, both unfortunately and fortunately, we’re unlikely to see any adorable pictures of Prince George greeting the president in his dressing gown. We could however see Melania greet some of our school children, as she is thought to visit schools in the UK as part of her Be Best campaign against cyber bullying.
The couple arrived just a few hours ago at Stanstead airport, in much less controversial airport images for Melania, and have since been flown over to the US ambassadors house in Regents Park via helicopter. They will have dinner in Oxfordshire this evening, and while Melania will spend the majority of her time with Theresa May’s husband, Philip May, Donald will be in talks with Theresa and attending press conferences with the Prime Minister. So basically, we have one entertaining Friday coming in what most likely been the most stressful week of May’s term so far...