Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations

Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly – Full text

September 25, 2012 –     United Nations

United Nations: US President Barack Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly today, saying the United States will not shrink from its role with nations under transition despite the killing of four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and more than 50 people in violence tied to an anti-Muslim film.

Here’s the full transcript of his speech released by The White House:

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  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On September 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Gingrich to Newsmax: Obama Sends ‘Wrong Signal’ to World
    Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 04:42 PM
    By Jim Meyers and John Bachman

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax that President Obama is totally focused on his re-election campaign and is “not doing the job of president.”

    The Georgia Republican and former presidential candidate also says Obama sent “exactly the wrong signal” in his U.N. address on Tuesday when he apologized for an anti-Islam video instead of defending free speech.

    President Obama’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly referred to “a crude and disgusting video [that] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world”and said“America will never retreat from the world.”

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV on Tuesday, Gingrich offers his reaction to the speech: “First of all, it’s unfortunate that the president, instead of standing up for free speech, ends up once again apologizing for what was an excuse [to attack American interests].

    “I mean, you’ll notice that thousands of people have been killed in Syria but there have been no riots about insults and no problems around the entire region about the fact that people are getting killed in Syria. You’ll notice that mosques have been bombed in Syria but there’s been no sense of outrage. So a movie made by a private citizen, seen by virtually no one, suddenly becomes something the president of the United States wants to talk about at the United Nations.

    “He sent exactly the wrong signal. We’re not going to censor Americans on behalf of radical Islam and we need to say, calmly and comfortably, ‘If you’re going to be part of the modern world, that involves dissent.’

    “He should have condemned the Iranians for increasing the bounty for Salman Rushdie’s killing to $3.3 million and point out that it’s barbaric to have a government seeking to kill a writer.”

    President Obama did not schedule bilateral meetings with foreign leaders while in New York and the White House also said his schedule did not allow time for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    That doesn’t surprise Gingrich because “this is the campaigner in chief, not the commander in chief. His attitude is if he gets re-elected, he’ll still be president and who cares what you think. And if he doesn’t get re-elected, he won’t be president and who cares what you think. I really think that’s his attitude and he’s totally focused on the campaign, not on doing his job.
    “The reports that he’s taking only 38 or 39 percent of his national security briefings tell you a lot. This is somebody who was explicitly wrong about the killings in Benghazi of the American ambassador and three other Americans, consistently referred back to the anti-Muslim movie when, in fact, everybody had agreed by then that this was a terrorist action that had nothing to do with any movie.

    “So this is a president who is narrowly focused on his own re-election for his own purposes..”

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On September 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The US is in a quagmire in the Middle East. That some of our leaders would suggest more aggressive rhetoric is, to me, irresponsible.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On September 29, 2012 at 2:33 am

    The War in Iraq is over. There is a total pull out of the Troops from Afghanistan. The Middle East is in military war games because those of its citizens are asking for Jihad in their own style. This is an open Holy and Religious War and all Muslims are entitled to join in this was and reach the Kingdom of Allah. The killing of the US Ambassador in the Bhenzadi along with 3 others is also Jihad.
    The increased price tag on Rushdie Salman’s head is also Jihad. This provocation is likened to preparing for war with Iran oner their Nukes. If President Obama does not campain for re-election of himself now, when will he do it. He is the President of the USA and is doing a great job both domestically and on the Foreign Policy Front.What is the speaker contemplating in a world of mistrusts. I hope he can find peace and solace after the results of the Nov 2012 Presidential
    elections are announced! God Bless America! and President Obama.

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