Better call Geico, Boiko!

November 7, 2010

BULGARIA/

Does nobody ever listen to what I say?

What is Blog Guy’s first rule for politicians when they’re out in public?

drivers combo this 360Do NOT let them drive a car! It doesn’t give them the common touch, it doesn’t make them look macho, it just makes them appear truly goofy.

Better they should be photographed in a brothel or an opium den than behind a steering wheel.

Take this photo of Boiko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

I wouldn’t normally call him by his first name, but Boiko is fun to say. Boiko is trying to drive, and from the look of the guy in the back seat he’s not doing a great job of it.

boiko 240You go ahead and look at this photo with some of this Looney Tunes background music, while I take the opportunity to dig out some of my favorite leader-behind-the-wheel pictures from our archives. Let’s listen to the dude in the back seat…

“Holy crap, Boiko! Slow down! Some of these people might be voters! Oh, there goes another one!

“You’re getting kinda close to the edge of that ravine, Boiko, you DO know which one is the brake, right, Boiko? Is anybody else hearing Daffy Duck music?”

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Top: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov drives a vehicle while visiting the construction site of the long-delayed Lyulin highway, near capital Sofia, November 2, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Combo top: U.S. President Barack Obama sits in the driver’s seat of a 2011 Ford Explorer as Mark Fields, Ford Executive Vice President explains some of the features of the car, during a tour of the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant, August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Combo bottom: Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (R) drives Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s limousine as they arrive at an event in Margarita Island September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

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Ahhh, Sofia. Nice place. I don’t think Boiko was the PM when I was there. Looks like it takes some real concentration to drive, I wonder if he’s playing “dodge the traffic cone” on the construction site.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

The Prez looks like he smells a nasty fart. Wait a minute, I think Boiko just cut one and the guy in back is getting fresh air, I’ve done that.

Posted by T54 | Report as abusive

@T54, next time turn on the child locks for the windows so they can’t be put down. Your passengers will really love that! :p

How appropriate you chose Geico for the headline Mr. B.!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Look at the concentration on Boiko’s face! That man is task-oriented!

Posted by shawngrggs | Report as abusive

After seeing how happy Gaddafi and Chavez were after their memberships to the Taylor Swift fanclub were confirmed, other world leaders decided to join as well.

Sadly for Mr O’bama, due to a clerical error, he just found out he is now a life member of the Justin Beiber fan club, and the radio in his car is permanently tuned to the ‘all Beiber’ station.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@shawngrggs, he might be task oriented but don’t let Boiko fool you mate, he was trying to run down a bucket of kittens on their way to the Duchess of Cornwall. http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/10/30/sanity-you-just-know-it-when-yo u-see-it/

@Nosmo, the “all Beiber” station? Dude, that’s harsh.. very very harsh. It’s a wonder Obama hasn’t pushed the red button and nuked the world yet.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

gaddafi and chavez look like kids driving the toy car at teh supermarket…
The guy next to Boiko looks really concerned as well… wonder if they need visqueen instead of the floor mats?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

For some reason that pic of Gaddafi and Chavez always looks like some kind of wax figure diorama. You sure that wasn’t taken at the goofy face museum, BG?

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

That’s awful, ifly!!!

Ok, now that I’ve said the mandatory sane-person comment… as a kitten owner I can safely say he should have hit the kittens. Those things are nothing but deceptively painful annoyances.

Posted by shawngrggs | Report as abusive

I like kittens! A bucket full of kittens is even better!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive