April caption competition

nortonobamaI thought I would post early the picture for the April caption competition.  This one is somewhat different from those for previous competitions.  It is taken from the BBC coverage of Barack Obama’s address to members of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall and shows the President meeting me following his speech.  The winner will be the reader who, in my opinion, provides the wittiest caption.  The prize will be a copy of Eminent Parliamentarians or The Voice of the Backbenchers.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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20 Responses to April caption competition

  1. Tony Sands says:

    Oh really Barack, I get this all the time. Tell me a world leader who hasn’t read the Constitution in Flux and I might be interested!

  2. Lord N: Lucky for you I don’t qualify under the US Constitution, or, in 2008, it would have been “Of course I can!”

  3. Gerry McMahon says:

    My name is Phillip and what do you do?

  4. Mark Shephard says:

    I know who you are now. You taught Shephard who went on to do a PhD in Texas before getting hired at Strathclyde.

  5. A Smith says:

    Lord Norton: …and so you see Mr President, on Capitol Hill its all about checks and balances.

    Obama: Actually, we’re not very good at looking after our cheques or balances right now Lord Norton…just ask the Pandas down at Washington Zoo.

  6. Dr Sean says:

    Yo Phil, knew I’d get to meet you eventually. Ssshhh, you lookin’ for a jab? (meaning job in America accent)

  7. drsean001 says:

    Yo Phil, knew I’d get to meet you eventually. Ssshhh, you lookin’ for a jab? (meaning job in America accent)

  8. Tony Sands says:

    Mr Obama, how delighted you must be to make my acquaintance.

  9. Richard Quirk says:

    Norton, and they made you a Lord, just because you make a great motor bike that’s amazing even for the British!!!!!!!!

  10. D F Rostron says:

    The body of government may not be seen but all the heads are here.

  11. MrJontyF says:

    President Obama: ‘What do you mean, “I’m going to have to mark you down for not bringing a cake?!”‘

  12. D F Rostron says:

    International hairstyle convention at Westminster

  13. Tony Sands says:

    Well, Barack, according to Barber’s criteria, you might well fit the bill, but here in the UK politicians are made of sterner stuff. Spend 30 years moulding the political thinking of Hull’s finest; 15 years scrutinising and influencing at the heart of democracy; speak to audiences in exotic locations as far afield as Strathclyde and Grimsby; routinely hold Minsters in check; dazzle your peers with a unique knowledge of parliamentary procedure; be the Jilly Cooper of political publishing; enact ground-breaking legislation to protect the rights of minorities and breakfast regularly with Prime Ministers, then you would know what it really means to be an active/positive.

  14. Croft says:

    Is LN saying “Its such a hassle getting through US immigration control; I hoped you could point me on the QT to your supplier of fake birth certificates”

    (Ducks and runs for cover)

  15. maude elwes says:

    BO: Norton, aha, aha, connected to security screening? Key flavor on Pennsylvania Avenue. Tell me, you covering the next move on Snowdon? We could work together, you along with my team. Fix all commie wagons in one move… Yes, we can, bro.

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