Tony Blair Nervous on First Day of School

Former British prime minister debuts today as Yale prof
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 1:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – It’s the first day of school for Tony Blair, and the former prime minister confesses to having a case of nerves. “I was never a star student,” says Blair, who is embarking on a 3-year teaching gig at Yale. Blair tells the Yale Daily News he’s excited, but he’s also aware that he's going to be “mixing with a whole lot of people who I’m sure are a whole lot more clever and smarter than I am.”

Blair, a recent convert to Catholicism, is teaching a seminar on faith and globalization, to which hundreds of students applied for enrollment. “There’s a lot of anticipation,” said one professor, who’s excited to see Blair bring his “experience as one of the major leaders on the world stage to bear on class discussion.”