Could London Mayor Boris Johnson one day become US President?


Blackleaf
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Could Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, who has been the Tory Mayor of London since 2008 and who is decended from King George II and King James I (VI of Scotland) and is a distant cousin of David Cameron, one day become President of the United States?

He is, after all, eligible. Johnson was born in New York City in 1964 and holds duel British-American citizenship and has renewed his US passport, which he once threatened to renounce after being barred from using his British passport to change planes in Texas.

In 2006 Johnson - who has also been tipped to become British Prime Minister one day - wrote in The Spectator: "When the going has got tough in England it has sometimes crossed my mind that I could yet activate the Schwarzenegger option and flee to the land of opportunity, perhaps beginning as a short-order chef in Miami before winding up as Colorado senator and, inevitably, president."

In fact, it's entirely possible that, when no longer London Mayor, he could first be UK Prime Minister and THEN be US President:

Who, What, Why: Could Boris Johnson be UK PM and then be US president?


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Boris Johnson has renewed his US passport. It might seem fanciful but could he possibly become UK prime minister and then US president, asks Tom de Castella.

Boris Johnson has renewed his US passport, the Sunday Times reported at the weekend (external - login to view). The news came as a surprise to some.

In a column for the Spectator (external - login to view) in 2006 he said he was renouncing his US citizenship after being barred from using his British passport to change planes in Texas. But it appears he didn't follow through.

There has been speculation Johnson might eventually succeed David Cameron as Tory leader. Having dual citizenship is no bar to becoming prime minister. The only requirements are to be able to command the confidence of the House of Commons and be invited by the Crown to form a government, says John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University. You don't even need to have British citizenship to be an MP (external - login to view). The rules say only that you have to be a citizen of the UK, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, and over 18.

The US passport revelation leaves an intriguing question floating in the air. Could Johnson be prime minister and then US president? He was born in New York and being born in the US is a constitutional requirement for any presidential candidate. He told David Letterman in 2012 (external - login to view) that he could "technically speaking" be US president. In Johnson's 2006 Spectator piece he wrote: "When the going has got tough in England it has sometimes crossed my mind that I could yet activate the Schwarzenegger option and flee to the land of opportunity, perhaps beginning as a short-order chef in Miami before winding up as Colorado senator and, inevitably, president."

Tongue was firmly in cheek. Or was it?

Arnold Schwarzenegger - at one point a popular governor of California - cannot become president because he was born in Austria.

Rumour has it (external - login to view) he has in the past lobbied to get the rule changed. But Johnson has no such impediment.


Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California - but can't run for US president, unlike Boris

Article II, section 1 of the US Constitution has just three eligibility criteria for being president - being "a natural born American", aged over 35 and living in the US for 14 years. Johnson falls down on the last - but in theory he could leave Downing Street and move to the US and 14 years later enter the race for the White House.

There is nothing in the constitution to stop a foreign leader becoming US head of state, says Dr Joshua Simon, lecturer in American politics at King's College London.

But that's the legal situation. The political one would be rather different.

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Last edited by Blackleaf; May 12th, 2014 at 10:06 AM..
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Only if the US repealed the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (I am not certain it is legal; still waiting for clarification from Kiev).
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Only if the US repealed the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (I am not certain it is legal; still waiting for clarification from Kiev).

What on Earth are you going on about? Boris is eligible to run for the US Presidency. He was born in New York City.
 
petros
#4
David Icke has a better shot.
 
EagleSmack
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Boris who?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

David Icke has a better shot.


We'll let the Americans decide that when Boris enters the presidential race.

And they'd love Boris. Londoners love him. He's a very popular mayor, one of the most popular politicians in Britain and has a great sense of humour.
 
petros
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A different world.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

What on Earth are you going on about? Boris is eligible to run for the US Presidency. He was born in New York City.

Did he renounce his Yankeeness or not? If he did, he may not even travel States-side.
PS
Your OP was too long to read; it drivelled on.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

A different world.

A completely different world.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote:

Did he renounce his Yankeeness or not? If he did, he may not even travel States-side.
PS
Your OP was too long to read; it drivelled on.

Yeah. It crossed my mind that you haven't read it. And it's only ten short paragraphs long.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

A completely different world.

He doesn't have the cosmetic appeal needed as well.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

He doesn't have the cosmetic appeal needed as well.

That's a good point.

The British elect their leaders on their policies.

The Americans elect theirs on how they look.

I think we know which people are the more sensible when it comes to electing their leaders.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

That's a good point.

The British elect their leaders on their policies.

The Americans elect theirs on how they look.

I think we know which people are the more sensible when it comes to electing their leaders.

Elected when?

 
Nuggler
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I just cut my grass for the first time this year.


How bout youse lads .............eh.
Ben Johnson cheat in another race ??


.............yawn.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Elected when?


Boris Johnson was elected mayor in 2008.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

I just cut my grass for the first time this year.


How bout youse lads .............eh.
Ben Johnson cheat in another race ??


.............yawn.

That damn Jamaican/

I think the Queen needs a jewels reduction.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Boris Johnson was elected mayor in 2008.

Yeah you got all messed up didn't you?

So ... elected when?

 
Blackleaf
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Yeah you got all messed up didn't you?

So ... elected when?

Boris Johnson got elected London Mayor in 2008. Can you not read?
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Boris Johnson got elected London Mayor in 2008. Can you not read?

You're avoiding the post or just too dumb I see.

This is not a picture of Boris. I see how people would mistake the two as the Queen does look manly.

At any rate. Queen Elizabeth was elected when?

 
Spade
Free Thinker
#20
And, her upper lip need stiffening.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

This is not a picture of Boris.

If that's not Boris Johnson in the picture, then who is it?

Quote:

At any rate. Queen Elizabeth was elected when?

What's this got to do with Queen Elizabeth II? This is a story about a political leader, not a monarch.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
+1
#22
Monarch butterfies are on the decline. Damn republicans!
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Elected when?

No it is not Boris... similar looking but not Boris.

Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

That's a good point.

The British elect their leaders on their policies.

The Americans elect theirs on how they look.

I think we know which people are the more sensible when it comes to electing their leaders.

And the Queen was elected when?
 
petros
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

I just cut my grass for the first time this year.


How bout youse lads .............eh.
Ben Johnson cheat in another race ??


.............yawn.

I did mine on Friday. Looking good this year. No winter burn even with -50C

Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

No it is not Boris... similar looking but not Boris.



And the Queen was elected when?

America has Queen Latifah.

How can they beat that?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

No it is not Boris... similar looking but not Boris.

It's definitely Boris.

Quote:

And the Queen was elected when?

She wasn't elected, was she? She's a hereditary monarch.

And the Queen has got nothing to do with a thread about a politician.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

That damn Jamaican/

I think the Queen needs a jewels reduction.


Imagine the starving Africans they could feed..............Well, not the jewels. They'd have to be sold and food bought with the money.............I explained that for Blackie.

"Could Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson"

Why does he have a FRENCH name ?............."de Pfellel"........translates to approx. "raw fish"

Good lord.!...............
Last edited by Nuggler; May 12th, 2014 at 05:12 PM..
 
EagleSmack
+1
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

It's definitely Boris.


Looks like the Queen to me even with her manly features.


See?






Quote:

She wasn't elected, was she? She's a hereditary monarch.

And the Queen has got nothing to do with a thread about a politician.


Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

That's a good point.

The British elect their leaders on their policies.

The Americans elect theirs on how they look.

I think we know which people are the more sensible when it comes to electing their leaders.

Apparently it did before!


So when was the hag (your queen) elected?
 
Nuggler
+2
#28
Poor dear looks confused. Maybe the crown is too heavy. Or too tight
 
SLM
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Poor dear looks confused. Maybe the crown is too heavy. Or too tight

She could switch it out to one decorated with a Bedazzler. It's all plastic so it's probably lighter.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

She could switch it out to one decorated with a Bedazzler. It's all plastic so it's probably lighter.


Queenies are forsoothed to accomapat the gigantic florodorum throughout history or herstory. quite a collection of flotsam. I gotsome.
you ?
 
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