The son-of-the-Manse, Gordon Brown, has been pipped to the post in the ‘lets pray with Obama’ stakes. Our revered Leader is not to be honoured by being the first to shake the hallowed Presidential paw – despite the BBC showing misleading footage of him walking side by side with Obama on the BBC 6pm news, that film was shot before Obama’s inauguration.
No, the first Senior politician to be given that ‘honour’ is Tony Blair; he may be considered a ‘has-been’ and referred to as War criminal in his own country, you may even have thought he was too busy sorting out the Middle East, but in the USA? – he is the man chosen to give the key note speech at an influential early morning ‘prayer fest’ in Washington, attended by Barack Obama, religious leaders, law makers, and foreign Heads of State.
Currently a lecturer on faith and globalization at Yale University, Blair spoke about the three biggest challenges he believes world leaders must confront: economy, environment and security at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy’s World Leaders Forum, which has previously attracted speakers like U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, – still the King of the sound bite, he said:
“You campaign for office in poetry but you govern in prose.”
– then you invoke the power of prayer to upstage your successor.