Obama File: UN Speech and Talk Shows


Did you know that in the first few decades of our newly formed constitutional republic, presidential candidates did not campaign?
It was considered undignified. Others campaigned for them on their behalf.
Today, presidents and presidential candidates want to be celebrities, well at least President Obama and appear on talk shows and other media venues that are stupid, like The View with Barbara Walters (still leftist) and ultra-leftist, Whoopi Goldberg. I guess he included a stopover at the talk show since he was in town to address the United Nations. While the President and First Lady did a segment on The View talking with Talking Head pundits, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was performing his duties in meetings with leadership of the Middle East. During the course of this week she will meet  with Libya president Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, and President Mohamed Magariaf of Libya who apologized again for the September 11th death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle arrived on the TV studio set with baskets of gifts that included his White House beer for Whoopi Goldberg and co-host, Barbara Walters. His remarks were like:

I told folks I’m just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys.

Reaffirming his inflated ego and Narcissism with that statement, Obama talked about his 20th wedding anniversary on October 3rd, which is the same day (evening) the first presidential debate will take place with Mitt Romney. Anniversary celebration will be postponed next week. There was a brief mention of the attack upon the American embassy and whether it was an act of terrorism – as if that had not already been established by reputable intelligence sources such as Jane’s Defence Weekly. President Obama stated:

There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action. The overwhelming majority of Muslims, they want the same things that families here want. They want opportunity, kids want an education, they want jobs, they want peace. But there are extremist strains that are there.

Those “extremist strains” are supported by the Muslim populace in the region – so who are you kidding, Mr. President?
Campaigning supersedes meeting with Islamic leadership over the anti-American sentiment and attacks this last month. At least we have a president who knows his priorities. Talk show host wins out over presidential duties.
The president began by talking about the murdered ambassador, Chris Stevens.
President Obama stated on September 25th 2012:

I tell you this story because Chris Stevens embodied the best of America. … The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and the Libyan people. … I also appreciate that in recent days, the leaders of other countries in the region – including Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen – have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities, and called for calm. So have religious authorities around the globe. But the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded [and since forgotten] – the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; and that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens. … If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis. Because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart, and the hopes we hold in common. Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations. … These are not simply American values or Western values – they are universal values. … So let us remember that this is a season of progress. …We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. …
I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech. … Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views – even views that we can disagree with. We do so not because we support hateful speech, but because our Founders understood that without such protections, the capacity of each individual to express their own views, and practice their own faith, may be threatened. We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can become a tool to silence critics, or oppress minorities. …the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech – the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the value of understanding and mutual respect. I know that not all countries in this body share this understanding of the protection of free speech. … The question, then, is how we respond. And on this we must agree: there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
More broadly, the events of the last two weeks speak to the need for all of us to address honestly the tensions between the West and an Arab World moving to democracy.
I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech. … Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views – even views that we can disagree with. We do so not because we support hateful speech, but because our Founders understood that without such protections, the capacity of each individual to express their own views, and practice their own faith, may be threatened. We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can become a tool to silence critics, or oppress minorities. …the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech – the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the value of understanding and mutual respect. I know that not all countries in this body share this understanding of the protection of free speech. … The question, then, is how we respond. And on this we must agree: there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
More broadly, the events of the last two weeks speak to the need for all of us to address honestly the tensions between the West and an Arab World moving to democracy. [Where?] … the United States has not, and will not, seek to dictate the outcome of democratic transitions abroad, and we do not expect other nations to agree with us on every issue. Nor do we assume that the violence of the past weeks, or the hateful speech by some individuals, represents the views of the overwhelming majority of Muslims – any more than the views of the people who produced this video represent those of Americans. However, I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism. … Understand that America will never retreat from the world. We will bring justice to those who harm our citizens and our friends. We will stand with our allies [except Israel] and are willing to partner with countries to deepen ties of trade and investment; science and technology; energy and development … No government or company; no school or NGO will be confident working in a country where its people are endangered. For partnership to be effective, our citizens must be secure and our efforts must be welcomed.
A politics based only on anger – one based on dividing the world between us and them – not only sets back international cooperation, it ultimately undermines those who tolerate it. All of us have an interest in standing up to these forces. Let us remember that Muslims have suffered at the hands of extremism. On the same day our civilians were killed in Benghazi, a Turkish police officer was murdered in Istanbul only days before his wedding; more than ten Yemenis were killed in a car bomb in Sana’a; and several Afghan children were mourned by their parents just days after they were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul. The impulse towards intolerance and violence may initially be focused on the West, but over time it cannot be contained. The same impulses toward extremism are used to justify war between Sunnis and Shia, between tribes and clans. It leads not to strength and prosperity but to chaos. … They do not build, they only destroy. …
The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one”. … The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources … The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit”. … That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support. …
A politics based only on anger – one based on dividing the world between us and them – not only sets back international cooperation, it ultimately undermines those who tolerate it. All of us have an interest in standing up to these forces. Let us remember that Muslims have suffered at the hands of extremism. On the same day our civilians were killed in Benghazi, a Turkish police officer was murdered in Istanbul only days before his wedding; more than ten Yemenis were killed in a car bomb in Sana’a; and several Afghan children were mourned by their parents just days after they were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul. The impulse towards intolerance and violence may initially be focused on the West, but over time it cannot be contained. The same impulses toward extremism are used to justify war between Sunnis and Shia, between tribes and clans. It leads not to strength and prosperity but to chaos. … They do not build, they only destroy. …The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one”. … The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources … The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit”. … That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support. …

Well said, Mr. President, however, I still cannot vote for you in Election 2012. 
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