The Olympics have always been a lightning rod for political scandal and controversy and this year's Olympiad is no exception. London Mayor Boris Johnson, however, doesn't just endure the muck he steps in when he opens his mouth and speaks his mind. It actually helps him and makes him even more liked by the citizenry.
Johnson, the British government equivalent of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a Donald Trump wig after a crash diet, has been an outspoken supporter and cheerleader for the Games. He recently wrote a column in The Telegraph listing the reasons his fellow Brits should be ecstatic that they are hosting the Olympics.
His list included a lot of the usual reasons politicians tout the greatness of their city. He listed their impressive opening ceremony and the economic and organizational efficiency of the construction and planning that went into the massive event.
However, Johnson is known in British politics as being a bit of a jokester who isn't afraid to speak his mind or even crack an off-color joke in public. He's also not afraid to do it while holding a microphone with TV cameras pointed straight at him. He also wrote, "As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised [sic] by Canaletto." He went on to compare their glistening bodies to "wet otters" and described the whole event as "magnificent and bonkers."
Can you just imagine the backlash that a politician like President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would have to endure if they said such a thing in public? Their careers would end so fast that they would have trouble convincing the public to let them run a McDonald's in Bald Knob, Arkansas, let alone the entire country.
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