Obama Nails Down His Base at the U.N.
11:42 AM, Sep 21, 2011 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
President Obama’s speech to the United Nations, which he delivered this morning in New York, is filled with lots of little surprises. (For instance, “the United Nations helped avert a third World War.” Really?) But the big surprise is that he’s made his address to the General Assembly into a campaign speech.
He beats up on the Bush administration:
Then he brags about his accomplishments in ending these terrible wars:
And brags about the killing of Osama bin Laden:
I can’t recall the last time a covert American military operation designed to kill a foreign national was boasted about on the floor of the U.N.
He even uses the language of his jobs plan address when talking about Palestinian statehood:
You can practically hear him demanding, Pass this statehood bill!
The concluding section of Obama’s speech is pure ’70s-era liberalism: The two besetting threats to the world order are—you guessed it—nuclear weapons and poverty.
Of course, in a way, this is all very fitting. The United Nations is the perfect place for the president to try to nail down his base.
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