Prime Minister Blairs speech to Congress was excellent, in the highest tradition of democratic rhetoric. It was to the point, high minded, and properly impassioned. He had the words and wit, he is an orator. There were a couple of passages that were especially good, in my opinion. But do read the whole thing.
Members of Congress, if this seems a long way from the threat of terror and weapons of mass destruction, it is only to say again that the worlds security cannot be protected without the worlds heart being (one/won? ). So America must listen as well as lead. But, members of Congress, dont ever apologize for your values. (Applause.) Tell the world why youre proud of America. Tell them when "The Star-Spangled Banner" starts, Americans get to their feet -- Hispanics, Irish, Italians, Central Europeans, East Europeans, Jews, Muslims, white, Asian, black, those who go back to the early settlers, and those whose English is the same as some New York cab drivers Ive dealt with -- (laughter) -- but whose sons and daughters could run for this Congress. Tell them why Americans, one and all, stand upright and respectful. Not because some state official told them to, but because whatever race, color, class or creed they are, being American means being free. Thats why theyre proud. (Cheers, sustained applause.)
Thats what were fighting for, and its a battle worth fighting. And I know its hard on America. And in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places Ive never been to but always wanted to go -- (laughter) -- I know out there, theres a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "Why me, and why us, and why America?" And the only answer is because destiny put you in this place in history in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do. (Sustained applause.)