Move Over, George, Let Tony Do the Talking

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HAPPY DAY: U.S. polls show Blair is more popular than Bush

During the debate before the war with Iraq, White House officials noted that when their boss and Tony Blair answered the same questions, the Prime Minister's responses always seemed so much more honed and complete. And it wasn't just the accent. In the future, quipped an aide, the President should just follow his counterpart by saying, "Ditto."

After Blair's visit here last week, Bush might want to give him some kind of cabinet post for that purpose. Though his six-hour stop was the diplomatic equivalent of a drive-through, Blair threw a lifeline to the President, reminding Americans in...

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