Op-ed: It has been a good week for those campaigning for the EU to stay in the UK or has it?
It is Earth Day Friday and US President Barack Obama acted similarly on that special day in 2015 to 2016. This year he was jetted into the UK along with a couple of helicopters, more than a dozen vehicles, security, administrators and press teams.
He visited Saudi Arabia ahead of the UK.
In 2015 he attended a climate change summit in France along with other world leaders on Earth Day. They of course all arrived on magic carpets so they did not damage the environment or climate further.
Mr Obama could be in the UK to discuss many things but one central topic is the EU referendum.
UK TV news channels have aired Mr Obama's speech given alongside Tory pal and UK PM David Cameron.
BBC late evening news Friday opted to say Obama handed out a rebuke to the UK that was all his own but we doubt that.
Saying the UK could be pushed to the 'back of the queue' rather than the 'back of the line' smacks of British interference.
But that was in relation to the controversial TTIP trade deal which many people in the UK oppose unless it is tweaked.
Still Pres. Obama sent a clear message that if the UK opts to leave the EU the USA may somewhere down the road set up a trade deal with Britain but we would be at the 'back of the queue'.
Royal and celebrity watchers will be in seventh heaven with the Queen's birthday Thursday, Barack and Michelle Obama Friday and then Friday evening images of the Obamas with Wills and Kate and young Prince George.
The rest of us will shake our heads.
In a week when the British electorate has been told, by a series of people and organisations that most of us do not trust, that leaving the EU would be a disaster will Mr Obama's words be heeded?
Perhaps they will by some but there has already been an angry reaction from others and his words could backfire.
The USA is a stand-alone country in many ways and it is difficult to imagine it handing over any of its administration to say South America or Canada.
And in the final analysis the more some people tell you to do something the more you want to do the opposite.
We have nine weeks before the EU referendum. The sooner June 23 is here and gone the better.
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