The son-of-the-Manse, Gordon Brown, has been pipped to the post in the âlets pray with Obamaâ stakes. Our revered Leader is not to be honoured by being the first to shake the hallowed Presidential paw â despite the BBC showing misleading footage of him walking side by side with Obama on the BBC 6pm news, that film was shot before Obamaâs inauguration.
No, the first Senior politician to be given that âhonourâ is Tony Blair; he may be considered a âhas-beenâ 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? â he is the man chosen to give the key note speech at an influential early morning âprayer festâ 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 Diplomacyâs World Leaders Forum, which has previously attracted speakers like U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, â still the King of the sound bite, he said:
âYou campaign for office in poetry but you govern in prose.â
– then you invoke the power of prayer to upstage your successor.