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Brits Ask If Obama Can Be Prime Minister Of The UK

| by Zara Zhi

President Barack Obama's term in the White House may be coming to an end, but he might want to consider a new opportunity abroad.

Some British people have been calling for Obama to become the prime minister of the U.K. on social media.

“Can the UK have an ex US president as a prime minister??? Cause if ur done with Obama we'll have him pls,” asked a Twitter user, who garnered more than 5,000 retweets.

Another person tweeted, “Can we sign some sort of petition to get Obama to come be our prime minister? [I] do not care how impossible that is lets make it happen.”

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“So America have decided to trade Obama in for Trump. The UK will have Obama thanks,” tweets another.

It does not even seem to matter which Obama is in office, as many users would accept first lady Michelle Obama as prime minister too, according to the Independent.

“I mean, I live in the UK and if Michelle Obama ran for president I'd find a way of voting for her. I adore that woman,” tweeted one user.

However, the British may have to fight for Michelle because she is the most popular choice among Americans to run for president in 2020.

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The hashtag #Michelle2020 began trending on Twitter right before the 2016 election.

“Michelle Obama wouldn't even have to have a proper campaign in 2020. Walk on stage, say a couple words then bam she'd win,” wrote a user on Twitter.

But chances are, neither Barack nor Michelle will be taking office in the future. Michelle has clearly stated she does not intend to run for office, according to Fortune.

According to Kate Andersen Brower, a former White House correspondent and author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies," Michelle simply “doesn’t want to.”

“She doesn’t like politics in general. She doesn’t like the games that are played in Washington,” says Brower.

Lastly, Barack is not eligible to run for office in the U.K. as he does not hold citizenship there. Ironically, had he been born in Kenya, Barack could have used a loophole to gain British citizenship because the African country was a British colony before 1963, when Barack was 2 years old, reports Oregon Live.

But not everyone in the U.K. is a fan of Obama. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted, “Unlike Obama and Clinton who both sneered at us, [President-elect Donald Trump] actually likes the UK.”

Sources: Independent, Fortune, Oregon Live / Photo credit: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons

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