America is … what it actually isn’t

Tony Blair on Obama’s victory:

“I’ve never known an election to create so much interest and transform people’s view of America again in a positive way.”

“Young people out in the middle of nowhere in Palestine have said to me, ‘They wouldn’t really elect a black man to the presidency,’ and I’ve said, ‘Well, I think they would.’ But they’ve been taught for so long that America is … what it actually isn’t. And that’s why this is an enormous moment. It thrills America’s friends and sort of confuses its enemies.”