…unless he is the AMERICAN President – and a DEMOCRAT!
Thing is, both the US and UK derived their systems of government from the one that administered Ancient Rome. Thus they are similar – except the American one DOES NOT WORK.
Now I have rarely been complimentary about the British government in these columns – come to think of it, I have NEVER been… however, at least a Labour Prime Minister RULES that government – but a Democratic President cannot do SH*T.
This has been ably demonstrated during the current administration.
Barry Obama has gotten NOWHERE during his two terms, having been thwarted at every turn by the REPUBLICANS. Even his hard-earned “Obamacare” health system will be overturned as soon as the next Republican president takes office.
In Britain, this would never happen. The country is ruled by the leader of whichever party has a majority in the Lower House – and the Upper House spends most of its time sleeping.
Whereas in America, a Democratic President has to sweet-talk his OWN party (Britain has the WHIPS) – the opposition party may well have a MAJORITY – while the Senate (America’s Upper House) is almost GUARANTEED to have a Republican majority.
In Britain, that would be like ED MILIBAND trying to lead the country.
Thus while an American Republican president has pretty much carte blanche – a Democratic one is HAM-STRUNG.
But at least Barry can console himself with ONE thought: thanks to “Presidential Privilege” his “thumbnail” is superior to every other US president since 1960…
JFK: nearly started WW3, got assassinated.
Johnson: ramped up the Vietnam War.
Ford: fell over a lot.
Carter: muffed the Embassy Hostages rescue.
Reagan: senile, married to an ageing Barbie-Doll.
Bush I: ineffectual.
Clinton: indiscretion with a chubby intern.
Bush II: the Worst President America Ever Had.
Obama: cool, black – nailed Osama Bin Liner.
Maybe Old Ma Clinton can do better…