Friday, September 25, 2009

Obama At The U.N.

Some NRO commentary on President Obama's "performance" at the U.N.

Hanson on the “surprise" announcement that Iran has an undisclosed nuclear facility. Obama's "diplomacy" coming home to roost.

Rich Lowry on Obama's moral equivalence on steroids.

More along the same line from Jonah Goldberg.

Goldberg makes note of Obama's preposterous self importance

“For those who question the character and cause of my nation,” the president pronounced Wednesday, “I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.”
America is 233 years old. Some think that there are ample accomplishments speaking to our character and cause that predate Obama’s ascension to the presidency.

Mona Charen further examines Obama's self worship and cites that same comment, noting,

He could have mentioned the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, the billions spent on fighting AIDS in Africa, tsunami relief, the Green Revolution, and defeating Nazism and Communism, just for starters.

(As an aside - By Green Revolution Charen wasn't referring to the mostly misguided environmental movement. She was speaking about the monumental contribution of the recently deceased Norman Borlaug. This Nobel Peace Prize recipient (a rare good choice) developed high yielding hybrid crops to combat global starvation. Gregg Easterbrook in a WSJ piece last week wrote that Borlaug was arguably the greatest American of the twentieth century and saved more lives than any other person in history. Naturally, his methods are opposed by many environmentalists.)

And Charen takes a swipe at Obama's purported intelligence.

Obama is, we are told, the smartest man to sit in the Oval Office in many a year. And yet he is capable of truly flabbergasting fatuities like this: “In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future.” You don’t say? That’s right up there with Warren Harding’s declaration that “the future lies before us.”

On the Fox News Panel Thursday, Stephen Hayes (Weekly Standard) said that what Obama did at the U.N. was unprecedented for a U.S. President, leading the charge of that outfit's anti-American contingent.

For a stark contrast, here's the full text of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.N. Principled, substantive, courageous, wise - precisely what Obama's speech was not.

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