George Osborne's appearance at the Olympics couldn't have gone worse if somebody had set him up deliberately (which I'm not ruling out).
The Paralympics inspired thousands of Britons to decide that having a disability was no barrier to sport as they cheered on David Weir, Ellie Simmonds and other stars of the Games.
Boris Johnson will be familiar with the Peter Sellers film Dr Strangelove.
The only man who did not know David Weir had won his fourth gold medal of the 2012 Paralympics was David Weir.
Beneath cloudless skies, David Weir delivered the final flourish of a glorious summer for British athletes as he stormed to his fourth gold of the Paralympics in the wheelchair marathon.
It was a more than an appropriate way to sign off from the sporting action at this magnificent cauldron of noise and light. Oscar Pistorius, the South African "Blade Runner" who has been a constant and sometimes controversial presence over London's glorious summer of sport, capped it by retaining the 400m crown he values above all others.
David Weir is simply unstoppable.
"Pea-cock! Pea-cock! Pea-cock!" came the cry from the 80,000.
Eight years after he first dreamed of what it would be like to win a Paralympic gold medal, Aled Davies finally found out for himself.
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said he wanted to remain in his job for another four years, adding it was time to kill off the idea that he might enter parliament before then in order to succeed David Cameron.