President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly earlier this morning, and commentators anticipated a warm reception. How did it actually play out? Here are the immediate takes on his speech and the UN Assembly's
apparent reaction as well as the comments you'll likely be hearing
about as the debate develops.
- Comment Most Likely to Inflame Conservatives Mark Knoller wrote, "Calling for UN cooperation, Obama says 'In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero sum game.'" And: "Obama tells UN the US needs help of other nations in addressing world problems: make no mistake: this cannot be solely America’s endeavor."
- UN Reaction Most Likely to Inflame Liberals Jake Tapper reported of the General Assembly's reaction, "More applause for POTUS talking about israel ceasing settlements than about peace in Sudan."
- Obama Just 'Groveling' That's how Michelle Malkin described the speech. Malkin passed on comments from John Bolton, who said, "He did everything but say 'Can't we all just get along?'" And: "I've never seen a prez give a U.N. speech that spent so much time contrasting w/previous admin."
- Obama Slammed UN Also from Knoller, "Obama scolds UN saying 'this body has often become a forum for sowing discord instead of forging common ground.'"
- Audience More Polite Than Congress Jake Tapper noted, "So far, people more polite than Rep. Joe Wilson during POTUS speech: Chavez, Qadaffi, Mugabe. Kudos. gents!"
- Boring Policy, Yawn! Jonah Goldberg quipped, "Obama's speech sounds like he's reading the endnotes to a State Department position paper."