Monday, January 19, 2009

The lessons of QPR for Barack Obama

I was talking to my father about the pressures facing Barack Obama as he enters the White House tomorrow. Dad recalled a football match at Queens Park Rangers in the early 1970s, when veteran star Stan Bowles made his first appearance for the club. It was a time when the west London team was hoping for a return to the top flight from the old League Division Two and expectations were high.

As soon as Bowles made his way out on the pitch, a wag in the crowd summarised the thoughts of thousands: "You've got ten minutes to settle in, Stan!"

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