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The Mayor of London, has backed Barack Obama to become President of the United States.

This bothers me and I’ll just have to leave it to ppl like Grumps and Drew and Wardmom to articulate for me.  What the hell is it with oh this will be good for black around the world?  Why the hell should I care about that?  Are they paying American taxes in darkest Afrika? Are they voting in my country?
Oh wait,,, for all I know ....
But why the heck a very public man like Boris who really is somewhat a conservative (using the term loosely of course) why he should insert himself into our elections is beyond my understanding.  Far as I can tell, and okay I might be wrong here, I can’t think think of any American pol. who publicly backs any foreign office seeker for fear of being accused I suppose of interfering.

Boris Johnson backs Barack Obama as US President
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has backed Barack Obama to become President of the United States.

By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 2:34PM BST 01 Aug 2008

His endorsement of the Democratic candidate, against John McCain, his Republican rival, would usually be considered unusual for a Conservative.

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But during his recent European tour, Mr Obama proved successful at winning over politicians of all persuasions, charming David Cameron, the Conservative leader, who he met for talks in his House of Commons office.

A survey carried out last month found that a third of Tory MPs want the Democrat to emerge triumphant.

But the Mayor of London is the most high profile Conservative publicly to throw his weight behind Mr Obama.

He told this month’s Square Mile magazine: “I was looking at him on the news and just thinking what an amazing moment this is, watching his speech in Berlin and thinking what a critical moment this is for America and for attitudes towards what they can achieve amongst the black community.

“If Barack Obama can do it, it will be the most fantastic boost, I think, for black people everywhere around the world.”

Asked for his views on the Republican candidate, Mr Johnson said: “Well, OK, I think John McCain has many, many wonderful qualities, but I think a Barack Obama victory would do fantastic things for the confidence and the feelings of black people around the world - that they can win.”

Asked if his words amounted to an endorsement of the Democrat, he said: “Yes.”

Mr Cameron has also spoken of his admiration for Mr Obama, backing his controversial call for black fathers to take greater responsibility for their children, but has stopped short of endorsing him over Mr McCain.

In the interview, Mr Johnson, who was elected Mayor in May after toppling Labour’s Ken Livingstone, also told how much he was enjoying the new job, despite the long hours involved.

He said: “Exhausted? I am full of fire. I am like a greased bounding panther. My legs are steel springs and every day I get out of bed and I beat my chest.

“Every morning I am full of wonderment that the people of London have done the honour of making me their Mayor, I really am. It’s an absolutely wonderful feeling. I think many other people are full of wonderment too. “It’s a joy and easily the best job I’ve ever had - a very, very difficult job and a very, very big job - but the best job.

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