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September 23, 2009

Obama At The UN

You know all those lousy speeches he gave before to foreign audiences? Yeah, this is worse.

I'll try to get some excerpts or a transcripts but so far it is simply disgusting.

The guy honestly think the world began at Noon on January 20th of this year.

He's really going on about America just being one of the team and we'll give up a little (a lot) to be a good team player. I'm not sure if he's idealistic enough to think this is possible/desirable or simply wants to see America brought low in order to atone for past wrongs (the latter is looking more and more likely).

Either way, the sharks he is talking to are more than willing to take whatever he's willing to give up and they won't reciprocate by doing what little he's saying they should do in return.

Below are the opening paragraphs of his speech. You can read the whole thing here.


Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman: it is my honor to address you for the first time as the forty-fourth President of the United States. I come before you humbled by the responsibility that the American people have placed upon me; mindful of the enormous challenges of our moment in history; and determined to act boldly and collectively on behalf of justice and prosperity at home and abroad.

I have been in office for just nine months, though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted – I believe – in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences, and outpaced by our problems. But they are also rooted in hope – the hope that real change is possible, and the hope that America will be a leader in bringing about such change.

I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. This has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for our collective inaction.

...On my first day in office, I prohibited – without exception or equivocation – the use of torture by the United States of America. I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.

Funny part...there have been a couple of times where he's stopped for applause and...didn't get any.

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