13th September 2010
WE THEM THE PEOPLE
Perhaps it’s because the American people had to fight (us Brits) so hard for liberty that they seem to appreciate it and those who continue to fight for liberty far more than we Brits do. Although, of course many of us daft Brits think they the people have no idea. Oh, what an odd world, when friends are enemies and enemies are friends.
Mr Blair was honoured for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance; for his initiative to improve governance in Africa; and for advancing peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, among other efforts. About time too! After accepting the award from former President Bill Clinton, Blair said that liberty is the result of “ordinary human beings doing extraordinary things in the midst of Earth-changing events.”
WATCH PRESENTATION HERE – Bill Clinton, Christiane Amanpour lead with their comments. Blair humour – “… around the world they say, looking at their problems, “ahh, it was the British that did that.” He followed with his 7 lessons of liberty. His wife Cherie, eldest son Euan and daughter Kathryn were in the audience. The spine-tingling “You raise me up” followed Blair’s speech. He sure does. Wonder when a British city will understand this enough to award him a FREEDOM medal? No breath-holding, please. It is ending with a song about Philadelphia Freedom. Now let me think – London LIBERTY? Maybe. I’ll write it, if London will sing it. Maybe at BLAIR’S London Olympics 2012? Any takers?
[Reference the reverberation: Bill Clinton has a mic problem. It’s TOO close to his mouth. Tony Blair, ever the pro, doesn’t have this issue.]
Just in case the good ol’ British Myopics (press) forget to tell you, Tony Blair is about to receive the 2010 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tonight – Live info here. That, after meeting yesterday with President Abbas to discuss the Israel/Palestinian peace process. Before he is presented with the medal he is participating in a “conversation” with President Bill Clinton.
The below is at Tony Blair’s website
This week saw a unique event take place at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, when Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton sat down for a fascinating conversation about their time both in and out of office.
They had a frank discussion about the Third Way politics they pioneered as leaders, the lessons we can learn from Northern Ireland for the peace process in the Middle East today and the pressures of modern politics.
You can watch the whole conversation on our YouTube channel:
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At the end Tony Blair mentions the two issues facing the world today. One major trend worrying Blair is the narrative that Islamist extremism is developing. Its roots are very deep, and there are genuine powerful forces at work. The second issue is the shift of power to the east.
- Tony Blair Honored at 2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony (phillyist.com)
- Phillyist Previews: 2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony (phillyist.com)
- News on Tony Blair, with pictures, here at DayLife
- SHARE TIME: Blair and Clinton get personal (politico.com)
- BBC video: Blair on “determination” of both sides for Middle East peace
- Listen to Simon Mayo, Radio 2, interview with Mr Blair, broadcast today
- Telegraph: Clinton praises Blair
- Fox’s Michael Goodwin – clear-eyed Blair c/w Obama on Islamist issue
- Tony Blair Office
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