(GUARDIAN) — So the chameleon lives on. Tony Blair, the closest world leader to George Bush, was this morning awarded “first friend” status by Barack Obama.
At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Obama lavished praise on Blair, who was the principal speaker.
The president said: “I want to thank my good friend Tony Blair for coming today, somebody who did it first and perhaps did it better than I will do. He has been an example for so many people around the world of what dedicated leadership can accomplish. And we are very grateful to him.”