Just hanging! London Mayor Boris Johnson left hanging 45 meters in air for several minutes after getting stuck on zip wire at Victoria Park, where the London Olympic Games are being shown on big screens.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, tipped as a possible future British Prime Minister, made a striking entry to an London Olympic event by zipwire on Wednesday — only to get stuck dangling over the crowd.
Waving a Union Jack flag in each hand, the colourful Conservative mayor initially gathered some speed as he flew over Victoria Park in east London, where the London Olympic Games were being shown on giant screens.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? / Boris Johnson left hanging after zip wire mishap, video
One of announcer has shown a funny phrase ‘ is it a bird? Is it a plane? ‘ as the London mayor Boris Johnson waved to the crowds below, wearing a bright blue helmet with his smart business suit.
When someone asked Boris Johnson how he was feeling, he has replied ‘ very, very well thank you ‘, but then called out to bystanders : ‘ Get me a rope, get me a ladder, I think the brakes got stuck. ‘
As the incident trended on Twitter, Prime minister David Cameron summed it up perfectly. Speaking at a health policy summit, he said : ‘ If any other politician anywhere in the world got stuck on a zip wire it would be a disaster. For Boris Johnson it’s a triumph. He defies all forms of gravity. ‘
The Yuri Gagarin of the zip wire / highwire act Boris Johnson defies political gravity video
The spokesman of London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘ The Mayor has survived his first zip wire experience relatively unscathed, though the judges are likely to be marking him down for artistic interpretation. Unlike Team GB, he probably won’t be bagging any gold medals but he remains unbowed. ‘
Known for his dishevelled mop of blond hair, rich vocabulary and unfailing sense of comic timing, Boris Johnson is no stranger to public clangers — he fell into a river in 2009 while launching a volunteering campaign.
But beneath the buffoonery the mayor Boris Johnson is seen as a sharp political operator, and his public profile during the London Olympics Games has fuelled speculation that he could succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as Conservative leader. The colleagues studied together at the elite boarding school Eton College and at Oxford University.
In the end of the ‘ hanging ‘ the poor mayor Boris Johnson was rescued by a ground team who pulled him back to base.