Former Mayor of London made appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman” in 2012
Boris Johnson has won the U.K.’s Conservative party leadership race, meaning that he will become the next Prime Minister when Theresa May steps down on Wednesday.
Johnson, a former Mayor of London and British Foreign Secretary, took 92,153 votes, while rival Jeremy Hunt scored 46,656 votes in a ballot of party members, according to CNN.
The 55-year-old didn’t always have such lofty political ambitions, however, and once told David Letterman than it was more likely that he be “reincarnated as an olive” than become ever P.M.
Johnson was a guest on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2012, when the veteran late-night show asked him if he’d ever run for prime minister.
“I’ve about as much chance of being reincarnated as an olive,” Johnson replied.
“Why would you say that? Politics is nothing if not about ambition,” Letterman marveled.
“I suppose I could if I wanted to, as you pointed out, I could be president of the United States,” Johnson, who was born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class British parents, quipped.
Watch the clip in the video above.
Flash forward seven years and Johnson now has the daunting task of uniting the U.K. amidst the Brexit divide.
During his acceptance speech on Tuesday morning, he reminded his audience of ministers and party staff of his campaign mantra: “Deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” pledging that he would “get Brexit done by 31 October” with a “new spirit of can-do,” according to The Guardian.
Johnson already has the support of President Trump, who tweeted on Tuesday: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!”
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