Then, rather than withdrawing to his room, he was seen in the lobby mingling with guests and even - ever the populist - kissing babies.
Tony Blair appeared on Sunday evening, making his UN debut in his new job as Middle East envoy. Then Blair got the chance to talk: the words "big picture" were in the first sentence.
The question at the UN this week is whether they are scared enough to make peace.
· Julian Borger - the Guardian's diplomatic editor