I've often fretted whether or not to post certain articles on the basis of said articles not being 'news' or perhaps not being political enough. Today, CNN has put an end to those fears forever. Apparently, former Prime Minister Tony Blair mentioning George W. Bush in his autobiography is news, so noteworthy that it deserved to be on the front page. The article, archived forever under CNN Politics, shares a few none-too-interesting excerpts of anecdotes found in Blair's newest book, "A Journey."
"Blair writes that Bush was "very smart" while having "immense simplicity in how he saw the world." "Right or wrong, it led to decisive leadership... he sincerely believed in spreading freedom and democracy,"
Blair laughs off as a "great 'George' moment" the episode in which Bush was caught on microphone greeting him with the expression "Yo, Blair!" at the 2006 G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. "It indicated total intimacy," he writes."
Riveting. With a title like "A Journey," I'm sure Blair hoped to conjure images of adventure, of arduous struggles overcome, of lessons learned, and maybe the slightest most shallow hope that his career has not arrived at its inevitable destination of obscurity. CNN's coverage, however, leads this poster to believe that Blair's only journey was through the archives of the most inane sort of gossip magazine with the sole purpose of trawling up outdated gossip about American politicians. Very few details about Tony Blair himself are included in the article.
The article concludes:
"Blair also suggests Clinton's affair with Lewinsky may have arisen in part from his "inordinate interest in and curiosity about people."
"In respect of men, it was expressed in friendship; in respect of women, there was potentially a sexual element. And in that, I doubt he is much different from most of the male population.""
I'm taking a religious studies course and that is still probably the most sexist thing I've read all week. Thank you, Tony Blair. Thank you, CNN.Source