Will Susan Boyle bring down Barack Obama?
Talent contestant Sarah Boyle’s rebuff of an invitation to dine with Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has gone practically unnoticed compared to the outrage over Wanda Sykes’ hope that Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys fail.
But it may be Sarah’s subtle oneupsmanship that has the more lasting implications.
Only weeks ago, it looked like all Susan’s only goal in life was to sing.
At 48, Susan’s got to think of her future. If she doesn’t come out on top at "BGT," then she’ll have to turn her unprecedented fame into another career.
That’s why she turned down the invitation to dine with Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last Saturday and chose “to stay at home and wash her hair.”
Not for cleanliness’ sake or because the gala was “all too much too soon for her,” as a source from her camp claimed. Rather, she set out to remind the powers that be on both sides of the Atlantic who really is “the biggest celebrity in the world” (as Republicans once called Obama). And she can waste no time worrying over whose toes she treads on in the process.
Obviously, she is looking to politics as her career to fall back on, should her singing aspirations fail to materialize.
According to Wikipedia, “The prime minister is … not always a member of parliament…” and need not even be a politician. In fact, “No parliamentary vote takes place on who is forming a government,” which opens the door to earn her the job.
While the U.K. has a history of executing or driving into exile prime ministers who fall from favor, it is better to risk ending up with her head stuck on a London Bridge spike like Thomas Cromwell than to go back to life in Blackburn, West Lothian, where she has lived it for 47 years.
Snubbing Obama, no matter how politely, sends a signal to all British subjects that, when Susan is in charge, no mere Leader of the Free World will give their prime minister a bunch of old DVDs or their queen an iPod filled with show tunes and get away with it. Britannia will once again rule the waves, and this time that will include the airwaves.
There is the chance that, knowing what is in store for them if she loses, the current government will see to it that she receives all the votes needed to ace Britain’s Got Talent, no matter how young and cute her competition.
I’m just warning that, should she place second or third, she can be expected to resort to measures next to which refusing an invitation will pale by comparison.