Will Oprah Be Obama's Ambassador to Great Britain?

The Financial Times of London reported a rumor Monday that if Barack Obama wins in November, Oprah Winfrey will be appointed the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain.

That makes some sense, doesn't it? After all, she's about as qualified for that position as the junior senator from Illinois is to be president.

The rumor was posted at FT's blog by Gideon Rachman, the paper's chief foreign affairs columnist (emphasis added, photo courtesy Boston Globe):

In London, the local interest centres around the question of who will be the next US ambassador to Britain. If Obama wins, the guessing-game centres around Caroline Kennedy - a prominent Obama supporter, who spoke at the Democratic convention in Denver. This would be an interesting appointment, given that the last Kennedy to serve as US ambassador to Britain - Joe Kennedy - did not exactly cover himself in glory. He was forced to resign in 1940 after injudiciously suggesting that “democracy is finished in England”.

But there is also a far more interesting name doing the rounds than Caroline Kennedy - Oprah Winfrey. This is a bona fide rumour, put about by “well-placed sources”. The argument is that Oprah is also a prominent supporter of Obama and that she might be looking for a “change of direction” - having got bored with her mega-star status.

I guess that gives all us conservative fitness enthusiasts a possible upside to an Obama presidency: we'll finally be able to walk into a weight and/or exercise room without being forced to watch Oprah.

So, we got that going for us guys...which is nice!

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