PRIME Minister David Cameron will personally invite Barack Obama to a Kingsholm rugby match when the USA side play at the stadium next year.
The Americans will play at the home of the Cherry and Whites during the Rugby World Cup in September 2015.
With less than 500 days until kick off, Mr Cameron was asked during his visit to the Renishaw factory at Woodchester on Thursday whether he would extend an invitation to the President.
He said: “I’m getting Barack Obama to Wales which is for the NATO summit and it is the first time that an American president has ever been to Wales so that is an enormous challenge met.
“Whether I can get him to Gloucester and whether I can convince him that he is in fact a ‘shedhead’ might be more challenging.
“I am sure we will discuss the excitement of the Rugby World Cup.”
He added: “He took me to a basketball game and I said I would explain the rules of cricket to him. I’m now going to have to explain the rules of cricket and rugby. You have set me a challenge.”
His comments came after he spoke with workers at Renishaw, telling them they are ‘driving a great industrial revolution and a British revival of manufacturing, technology and exports’.
The thought of attracting Barack Obama to the city has gone down well with Kingsholm pub landlord Gary Teague, from Teague’s Bar.
Mr Teague said: “What a brilliant idea. I’d love him to come down and have a drink with us. I will have to look into what drinks he likes but perhaps we could have Duff beer on draught – after all it was a favourite of Homer Simpson’s.
“It is going to be great to get so many tourists flooding into the area and we will certainly get into the spirit of things. We could get the girls dressed up with an all-American theme.”
The idea of Barack Obama’s visit was first touted by Gloucester City Council leader Paul James.
Mr James said: “I think we have a compelling case that we can put to the President as to why he should come here because there is going to be a great atmosphere but also because of the strong links we have with the USA.
“Any help the Prime Minister can offer us in that process of persuasion, we will be very grateful for.”