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We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it In co-operation President Clinton and Prime Minister Blair are renowned for being capable and powerful politicians be it through the media or through the publics own perceptions this has been shown through high profile world politics in which both men have had major roles An example of this has been with the Kosovan war in which both leaders joined together showing how important their decisions were Clinton and Blair have both proved their abilities in gaining public support and retaining the approval given to them from the majority in the form of power Equally they have retained this power in the face of austere media coverage as with the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving Clinton or being Blair at the present time The roles of President and Prime Minister have long been considered the highest positions of political power that resides in America and Britain However both draw on different sources for their power and stability in these roles It is for this reason that the stability of these sources and the extent to which Clinton and Blair can make independent changes must be accessed if we are to understand the limitations of their power Both Clinton and Blair have different power bases from which to be judged Ostensibly it is President Clinton who appears to have the most significant power base as the political leader of one of the most influential countries in the world As a significant military power America is seen as a powerful ally in times of conflict In addition to as commander and chief of a military superpower Clinton has reflected power with the ability to represent Americas interests abroad with substantial force as with the Gulf War in this way Clinton can certainly be perceived to be more militarily powerful than any other leader Americas economic force is also an essential factor in establishing
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