Over at Comment Central, Alice Fishburn and Danny Finkelstein are running a competition. Whoever has the best (i.e. most amusingly tenuous) personal connection with the new President wins a prize.
My entry was this:
Barack Obama has mixed ethnicity: he is the son of a Kenyan father and an American mother of mainly English ancestry.
Similarly, my father is half Welsh while my mother is quarter Scottish (and - uncannily - of mainly English ancestry).
Although, thinking about it, I can boast another link – one that’s an actual connection as opposed to a mere commonality (however striking):
As a teenager, I was in a young theatre group that put on various shows. I acted in several of these along with a kid called Will Irvine.
Will has since gone into acting and was in a few episodes of EastEnders a couple of years back, in which he appeared with Barbara Windsor.
Babs, of course, has appeared in many other EastEnders episodes alongside Martine McCutcheon.
Martine starred in Love, Actually with Hugh Grant.
Hugh was in Notting Hill with Julia Roberts.
Julia featured in Flatliners with (you knew this was coming) Kevin Bacon.
And Kevin has – several times, in fact – seen Barack Obama on TV.
I expect a White House dinner invitation any day now.