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Leader of the Free World

Posted by ESC on February 11, 2004

In Reply to: Leader of the Free World posted by Mary Fran on February 11, 2004

: Hello,
: I'm an international studies student, and I'm doing a paper on Thomas Jefferson and his ideas of foreign policy. While reading an article on this subject, I found a statement about the United States being at the forefront of the free world and the president hence the Leader of the Free World. I guess it's not really a saying, but do you know who coined this now frequently-used phrase? Thanks.
: Mary Fran

I am away from my library right now. But I am confident that "free world" is covered in "Safire's New Political Dictionary" by William Safire (Random House, New York, 1993). I'll look this evening and post what I find.