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President Barack Obama

There’s a theory about fame, that it freezes you in the moment that it first hits, so that you become forever stuck as the person you were when the flashbulbs started popping.

Paul McCartney’s still a cocky 21-year-old at heart, Britney Spears a petulant teen, Eminem has scores to settle with a cruel world, Michael Jackson built a roller-coaster in his garden…the examples are endless even though the theory is not watertight.

But yesterday President Obama gave the concept a fresh boost, when signing the visitors book in Westminster Abbey.

After writing this noble sentiment, “it is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice,” he signed the book, and then added the date, “24 May 2008”

That’s right, 2008, the year he was elected as president.

Mr Freud, you may as well stay down there, that ice is treacherous.

You can see a photo of his entry here.

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By Fraser McAlpine